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February 5, 2023

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Virus One Small Accounting Firm Owner Is Worried About

This came through the Help line the other night, and because Open Items has been a barren wasteland since Caleb left nearly two years ago, I thought I’d post it here to see if we could help this person out.

I’m a retired CPA who’s working during tax season for a small, local practitioner. She is convinced that working from home exposes her systems to viruses transmitted by home computers. How are other larger firms dealing with that risk? Is it even real risk?

Also, what protocols are other practitioners following in order to protect themselves and their employees from being contaminated by virus potentially still living on the mountains of paper that must be physically handled by SOMEONE in the firm?

If you could pass along another firm’s procedures in implementing the total “work from home” for tax staff, that would be fantastic.

Your help is appreciated.

Anyone have any advice for our retired CPA friend here, especially those of you in tax who are currently working from home?

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