Hopefully this week’s writing finds you doing a bit better than last week’s. I don’t know if we will get to a point where this feels “normal,” but the more we live within it, the more we ideally can start to find comfort there.
Even if a lot has changed yet again.
First, maybe we are getting a little bit stronger of a handle on a timeline as President Trump extended his social distancing guidelines through the end of April. I’m sure for some this was a bit of a hit after the president previously expressed optimism for society to be raring again on Easter. Most, though, can hopefully do a little better now with something more definite laid out. And of course, this may still change and be pushed back in the future, but even so, beginning to try to put a timeline on things should mean that those in power are starting to see the eventual end.
Second, there was definite good news for everyone in the signing of the stimulus package last week. In some ways this felt like it took forever because so much talk happened with each step in the process to the package’s completion. Now that it’s official it gives help to individuals, it gives help to businesses, and is very wide ranging. This thankfully is an area where it feels we can push politics to the side and all agree that it is giving serious and concrete help to places that need it.
And if through all of this, you still are finding any sense of calm elusive, here is a wish that it comes to you soon. But if it feels like you may never get it, do not be afraid to reach out for help. In this time when everyone is concerned about the physical symptoms of a single ailment, it does not mean that your mental health is suddenly less important. If it is suffering to a point where aid is needed, do not be afraid to seek it.
Finally, as we start to approach a little more of that sense of normalcy, I’ll just throw in a quick reminder that even if we have gained three months of leeway when it comes to the deadline, your taxes still need to be filed this year. At least use this time to finish gathering all the information you need to do so. At best, you can start getting that info to us (contact us if you need assistance on how to do so without a face-to-face meeting) and we can start to put your return together. At the worst, you can at least make sure you have all that info together for a hopeful eventual face-to-face meeting. And maybe you’re waiting for your stimulus package money to actually file and use it to pay what you owe. Well that doesn’t mean all the numbers can’t be put together now without actually filing.
Getting this out of the way will be something off your to-do list because who’s going to want to be dealing with tax stuff once you can get out and about again?
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