TXCPA Promotes Accounting as an Essential Service During Shelter-in-Place

March 31, 2020 

UPDATE: Accounting Services Considered Essential - Gov. Abbott Implements Essential Services Protocols for Texas (3-31-20) | Also see Homeland Security CISA guidelines

 

March 26, 2020

The health and safety of our members and Texans across the state is of the highest priority during this global pandemic. As many counties, and some cities, issue shelter-in-place or stay home orders, members are asking how this impacts their ability to serve clients and their businesses during this critical time.

TXCPA has taken steps to advocate for accounting to be considered an essential service so our members, if necessary, can continue to work from their offices or meet with clients for the exchange of documents or critical information. Being considered an essential service does not mean that those providing accounting services are required to be physically at work, but it gives the option to do so if necessary.

Communicating with Governor Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott has not yet issued shelter-in-place order, but many members have been impacted by orders in their counties. On March 22, TXCPA asked the Governor to include professional accounting services in the list of essential services if a statewide order is issued.

READ THE LETTER


Reviewing All Orders Issued by Counties and Cities

TXCPA is combing through orders issued by counties and cities, as they are made available, to find the language pertaining to accounting as an essential service. In all current orders, accounting is listed as an essential service. We will continue to monitor future orders and will keep you informed if we see an order from a county or city that does NOT Include accounting as an essential service. If you see something in your area about accounting as an essential service, please do let us know. You can email us at membernews@tscpa.net.

TEXAS COUNTY DECLARATIONS

(Courtesy Texas Association of Counties)


Doing Proactive Outreach

TXCPA is proactively reaching out to large cities and counties who have not yet issued orders to find out if they would include accounting as an essential service in any orders they issue in the near future. In addition, we plan to reach out to any county or city that does not include accounting as an essential service and encourage them to reconsider. We are sharing with a list of reasons CPAs may need to work during a shelter in place in order to serve the local economy and citizens.

REASONS ACCOUNTING IS ESSENTIAL


Standing Ready to Assist You

Your professional organization continues to be fully operational and stands ready to assist you with any questions you have during this unprecedented time. Please reach out to us at membership@tscpa.net or by calling 800-428-0272to let us know how we can help. If we don’t have an answer available immediately, we will search for one as this crisis unfolds.

We’re also sharing breaking news on our social media channels and through our member communications. Stay tuned to TXCPA.