As we all continue to adapt to growing concerns and uncertain times due to COVID-19, we want to make sure we do everything we can to keep our employees and clients safe & healthy. DHJJ remains committed to the needs of our clients and employees while taking steps to minimize risk and exposure for everyone.
Effective at the end of our business workday on Saturday, March 21st, DHJJ will open our virtual offices. We will temporarily close our physical offices in Naperville and St. Charles. The majority of our professional staff have already been working remotely for the past week. The remainder of our staff, including our administrative professionals, will also work remotely for the foreseeable future. Rest assured, we will be working at full capacity to continue servicing the needs of our clients.
This does bring logistical challenges with the upcoming tax due date. Some of you prefer to drop off individual tax documents and pick up your returns when completed. If you plan on dropping off any documents, please do so at your earliest convenience but no later than Saturday, March 21st, at noon. After that time, please submit all documents using our secure portal, Citrix ShareFile. Click here to see how to upload to ShareFile. You can also use regular mail, FedEx, or UPS. Our receptionists will be accepting incoming calls, answering any questions you may have with regard to mailing documents, or route calls to our professional staff. Completed returns will be sent back to you electronically. If you prefer regular mail your return will be delayed until we can re-open our physical offices and produce a paper copy. We still have plenty of time before the due date so please plan accordingly.
UPDATE: As of March 26, 2020, the Federal and Illinois tax filing deadlines are now July 15, 2020.
In other news, on Tuesday, March 16, United States Treasury Secretary announced it will extend the 2019 income tax balance due payments to July 15, 2020 (with certain limitations). It is important to note that the actual return filing and extension due date remains April 15, 2020. This means, you might not have to pay by April 15, 2020, but you still need to file your return or extension by April 15, 2020. Currently, the Illinois Department of Revenue has had no guidance. We anticipate filing more extensions due to the above mentioned additional 90 days to pay and the impact of the virus. We are aware, these circumstances will come with additional stress on everyone, including our staff.
We thank you for confidence in our firm to lead you through this process, and your patience as we navigate these unprecedented situations. I work along with the best group of people – top to bottom. We have great technology and resources. Most importantly, we want to reiterate our Firm is open for business and will continue to deliver excellent client service. Please call your DHJJ advisor should you have any questions.
Thanks for your business and stay healthy!