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, to provide information and tools to keep you connected and informed.

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


GA To Start Disbursing $1,800 In Federal Aid To Jobless Next Week

Source: ajc 9/11/20 

Georgia Trims Application Window for Students' One-Time Food Benefit

Source: ajc 9/11/20

Gov. Kemp Extends COVID-19 Restrictions, Executive Orders

Source: fox5atlanta 9/1/20

Perdue Talks Federal COVID-19 Loan Program's Future With Georgia Business

Source: northwestgeorgianews 8/20/20

Kemp Extends Public Health State of Emergency, Renews COVID-19 Restrictions

Source: 8/03/20

Gov. Kemp Extends Georgia's Public Health State of Emergency

Source: wgxa 7/17/20 

Billions Allocated to Local Georgia Governments Through CARES Act

Source: Fox28media 6/29/20 

Georgia Department of Labor Sees Drop in Unemployment Rate Hopefully for Future

Source: fox28media 6/25/20 

Georgia Processes More Unemployment Claims In 14 Weeks Than In Past 7 Years

Source: thechattanoogan 6/25/20 

Georgia Offers 13-Week Extension for Unemployment Claims Through Federal Program

Source: thecentersquare 6/12/20 

Select Cobb, A Division of Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, grant applications for businesses in Cobb affected by COVID-19 are due Friday June 26 at 5pm

Source: 6/16/20

How Georgia's Unemployment Benefits Have Changed During the Pandemic

Source: wabe 6/05/20

Georgia Department of Public Health Releases Daily Status Report

​Source: Georgia Dept of Public Health 5/28/20 

Georgia Chamber releases information on reopening the Georgia economy

Source: 4/21/20

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: 4/3/2020

 Gov Kemp Shelter in Place Executive Order Released

Source: 3/2/2020

GSCPA Asks Counties and Cities to List Accounting as Essential Services 

Source: 3/25/20

Georgia Income Tax and Tag Renewal Deadline Extension

Source: 3/25/20 

Gov. Kemp announces Georgia state tax deadline extension

Source: 3/23/30

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

Source: 3/21/20

COVID-19: Tax Deadline Extended to July 15

Source: 3/20/20

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

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

IRS Announces PPE is Tax Deductible

Source: 03/29/21

IRS Begins Delivering Third Round of Economic Impact Payments to Americans

Source: 03/16/21

IRS Statement: American Rescue Plan of 2021

Source: 03/13/21

What Employers Need To Know About Repayment Of Differed Payroll Taxes

source: 3/7/21

HB1319- American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Passes the House and is Headed to President Biden

Source: 03/6/21

Inside the Tax Provisions Stimulus Act

Source: accountingtoday 03/09/21

What's In The Second Stimulus Package

Source: cnn 12/28/20

How the CARES Act Changes Deducting Charitable Contributions

Source: 11/12/20

IRS Guidance Sought on Employee Retention Credit

Source: accountingweb 10/16/20 

IRS Extends Economic Impact Payment Deadline To Nov. 21 To Help Non-Filers

Source: 10/6/20

Deadlines To Register For An Economic Impact Payment Are Just Around The Corner

Source: 9/28/20 

Executive Order Delays Workers' Payroll Tax Payments

Source: 8/10/20 

CDC Launches Natural Disasters and COVID-19 Response Website

Source: 7/17/20 

SBA Provided $20 Billion to Small Businesses and Non-Benefits Through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance Program

Source: gscpa 7/13/20

CARES Act Causing Business Valuation Concerns for Divorces, Estate Plans and Partnerships

Source: cpapracticeadvisor 7/9/20 

Extra $600 CARES Act Unemployment Benefit Ends July 31. Here's What To Know

Source: cnet 6/26/20 

White House 'Very Seriously Considering' Another Stimulus Bill' - Here's How the CARES Act Has Impacted Poverty Rates

Source: marketwatch 6/25/20 

PPP Recipients Can Apply Early For Loan Forgiveness, SBA Says

Source: journalofaccountancy 6/23/20 

Guidance for Coronavirus-Related Distributions and Loans from Retirement Plans Under the CARES Act

Source: 6/19/20 

Relief for Tax Payers Affected By COVID-19 Who Take Contributions or Loans from Retirement Plans

Source: 6/19/20

Federal Disaster Loan Program Applications No Longer Limited to Agricultural Businesses

Source: cnbc 6/16/20

IRS Provides Guidance on Employer Leave-Based Donation Programs That Aid Victims of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Source: 6/11/20

PPP Forgiveness Changes Coming as Senate Passes House Bill

Source: Journal of Accountancy 6/4/20 

SBA Releases Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program - Requirements - Loan Forgiveness

Source: 5/23/20

SBA Releases Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program - SBA Loan Review Procedures and related Borrower and Lender Responsibilities  

source: 5/23/20

SBA Releases Interim Rule on Loan Forgiveness for PPP Released

Source: 5/23/20

 GASB Statement No. 95 Announces Postponement of the Effective Dates of Certain Authoritative Guidance

Source: 5/8/20

IRS: COVID-19 Paid Leave Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses

Source: 5/8/20

IRS Releases Information on Three New Credits Available to Many Businesses Hit by COVID-19

Source: 5/7/20

Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Source: 5/3/20

SBA to Make Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Agricultural Business Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

Source: 5/5/20

IRS Notice 2020-32 on Expense Deductions the PPP Loan

Source: 5/01/20 

AICPA Challenging Non-Deductability of PPP-Related Expenses

Source: Journal of Accountancy 5/1/20

More Information On SBA Loans

Source: 4/3/2020 


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

Source: 3/30/20 

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

Source: 3/26/20

First Guidance Released by DOL on Families First Act

Source: 3/25/20 

IRS Releases Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers

Source: 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: 3/20/20

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

Source: 3/20/20

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

Source: 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 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