GSCPA News


    The Georgia Society of CPAs has been monitoring the latest developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We’re all living in a world that we didn’t expect just a few months ago. Unprecedented actions are being taking to protect the most vulnerable in our communities. GSCPA has been and continues to actively work with state and federal legislators and agencies to represent the profession’s interests. The landscape is changing rapidly each day.

    GSCPA will be communicating updates affecting the CPA profession and Georgia’s business community as they become available. I strongly encourage you to follow GSCPA’s social media channels. The Society has also created a COVID-19 Resource Center, https://www.gscpa.org/content/Home/COVID19-Resource-Center.aspx, to provide information and tools to keep you connected and informed.

  • A Message from GSCPA CEO Boyd E. Search Regarding COVID-19



Governor Kemp's Office has shared an FAQ Related to the Shelter-in-Place Order. You do not need an authorization letter to go to work. Click here for the full FAQ.

Source: gscpa.org 4/3/2020

 Gov Kemp Shelter in Place Executive Order Released

Source: gscpa.org 3/2/2020 

GSCPA Members Invited to Join Georgia Chambers Conference Calls

Source: gscpa.org 3/30/20 

GSCPA Asks Counties and Cities to List Accounting as Essential Services 

Source: gscpa.org 3/25/20

Cobb County Essential Services Clarification

Source: gcpa.org 3/25/20

Georgia Income Tax and Tag Renewal Deadline Extension

Source: gscpa.org 3/25/20 

Gov. Kemp announces Georgia state tax deadline extension

Source: gscpa.org 3/23/30

GSCPA sends letter to Gov. Kemp to consider accounting to be considered an essential service in Georgia

Source: gscpa.org 3/21/20

COVID-19: Tax Deadline Extended to July 15

Source: gscpa.org 3/20/20

Update Regarding CPA Exam Testing, NTS Extensions and Credit Extensions

Source: GSCPA 3/18/20

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Georgia Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus

Source: Office of the Governor 3/18/20 

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announces request for $100M in state funds to combat COVID-19

Source: Office of the Governor 3/12/20

Gov. Kemp Urges Calm, Announces Coronavirus Task Force Subcommittees

Source: Office of the Governor 3/12/20

Georgia Department of Public Health Creates webpage tracking spread of COVID-19 – updated at noon everyday

Source: Department of Public Health--Updated Daily

Georgia Department of Public Health creates online resource with everything COVID-19 for Georgia residents

Source: Department of Public Health--Updated Daily

Georgia General Assembly adopts House Resolution 1473 on March 12, 2020 suspending session at the end of day 29 in the interest of the health and safety of the members, staff and public given the measures to be taken regarding COVID-19

Source: Georgia General Assembly 3/13/20

Governor Brian Kemp declares a Public Health State of Emergency for COVID-19 – this declaration also calls for a Special Legislative Session to be convened on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8am

Source: Office of the Governor 3/16/20

HB 949 – Georgia Conformity Bill – current status is it has passed the House and has been read in the Senate

Source: Georgia General Assembly 3/14/20




More Information On SBA Loans

Source: gscpa.org 4/3/2020 

 U.S. Department of Labor releases Q and A on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Source: gscpa.org 3/30/20 

IRS Unveils New People First Initiative; COVID-19 Effort Temporarily Adjusts, Suspends Key Compliance Programs

Source: gscpa.org 3/26/20

First Guidance Released by DOL on Families First Act

Source: gscpa.org 3/25/20 

IRS Releases Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers

Source: gscpa.org 3/24/20 

Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave

Source: gscpa.org 3/20/20

IRS Notice: Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Source: gscpa.org 3/20/20

Tracking Chart: State and Local Government Filing Relief Due to COVID-19 - Updated as information comes in

Source: cost.org 3/20/20

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the President signed into law: H.R. 6201, the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act."

Source: The Desk of the White House 3/19/20

IRS Announces April 15 Payment Deadline Extended to July 15,2020

Source: IRS 3/18/20

IRS has created a coronavirus tax relief page

Source: IRS  3/16/20

The only news alert posted so far states that: The Internal Revenue Service has advised that high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related testing and treatment, without jeopardizing their status.

AICPA has issued a press release with a statement of concern

Source: AICPA 3/13/20

AICPA has posted a document that details out what all states are doing with regard to COVID-19

Source: AICPA Updated Frequently

Letter from President Trump on Emergency Determination Under the Stafford Act, in this letter, President Trump instructs Secretary Mnuchin to provide relief from tax deadlines to Americans who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency, as appropriate, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 7508A(a)

Source: The Desk of the White House 3/13/20