Accountant opportunity to assist clients with disaster planning
Taxpayers and their preparers who are located in areas that were either evacuated or under severe weather warnings because of Hurricane Irene are being extended some extensions of time for filing returns and making payments. If you serve clients in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, or Vermont, these relief measures might apply to your clients. If you haven't done so already, now is a good time to call or send a message to your clients, and not just the ones in the path of the hurricane.
Whenever we experience a disaster, there is an opportunity to remind your clients of disaster preparation measures that individuals should take, including offsite storage of important documents (remind them which documents they should store), importance of an evacuation plan, emergency fund, and disaster supply kit, and so on.
And don't forget your business clients. Shortly after the terrorist attacks of 2001, AccountingWEB hosted a disaster recovery workshop presented by Stanley Weiner, Peter Frank, and Sid Edelstein of Cornick, Garber, and Sandler, LLP. These gentlemen presented a comprehensive plan for mitigating risk and emergency response in the unforeseen event of natural as well as man-made disasters. You can read the complete transcript of that workshop and share the ideas with your clients.
Prior to this role, Caleb served as the editor of Going Concern since its founding in 2009. During his time as editor, Going Concern quickly became one of the most popular and talked about websites in the accounting profession. He has been named one of Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People every year since 2011 and has been published on numerous websites, including Above the Law, Deadspin, Denver Business Journal, and the Huffington Post.
Caleb is an adjunct professor of journalism the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches Internet Media.
Prior to falling bass ackwards into the media business, Caleb spent over five years working in public accounting, with more than three of those years at KPMG. Caleb received a Master of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Caleb spends a lot of time on a bicycle and reading, but never at the same time.