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Why Should You Outsource Tax And Accounting Work In Time Of Crisis?

Written By Harsh Shukla

The Covid-19 pandemic has put unprecedented stress on accounting and taxation processes. It is not just the standard operations and processes that have affected this area of business management. Well-established organizations, that were considered to be highly stable against recession, have been adversely affected. Millions have lost their jobs or are working with pay cuts. The announcement of stimulus packages, including tax cuts from governments, even when helpful for businesses and individuals, has created new challenges for taxation and accounting professionals.

Outsourcing accounting functions can help simplify and speed up one key aspect of your business processes. Find out how the pandemic is making an impact on your business, the new tax ramifications related to it, and the benefits of outsourcing accounting.

Impact of Pandemic on Businesses

Currently, most businesses can be categorized into the following 3 categories in terms of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

1. Crisis Management Mode

Companies in crisis management mode form the largest group of those impacted by the pandemic. They are taking some of the following steps to ensure business survival:

  • Reducing workforce
  • Coping with new relief legislation
  • Navigating new virtual work environment
  • Ensuring business continuity

2. Keeping Up with Surge in Demand

There are companies that have experienced a surge in demand for their services or products. They are finding it to be a challenge to keep up. This includes the following sectors:

  • Essential services such as medical, food/agriculture, and telecom
  • Businesses that help others such as delivery and remote work applications
  • Businesses that support other industries such as certain manufacturers supporting essential services

3. Protected from Impact

Businesses in this group have not yet been impacted by the pandemic. They may have a backlog of business that maintains them. These businesses will still have to track their cash flow.

Tax Ramifications

All countries experienced unprecedented business disruption during the lockdown caused by the pandemic. The financial repercussions from the lockdown have forced the governments to announce relief or stimulus legislation that has had a bearing on tax requirements. Handling these changes in accounting and taxation processes further emphasizes the benefits of outsourcing accounting services. Some of these tax ramifications are as follows:

Tax Ramifications from the CARES Act

The US government enacted the CARES Act in late March 2020 which brought in many tax code changes affecting the federal income tax. The impact is not just on federal and state taxes, but also on international taxes. For example, allowing added business deductions operating losses can have implications of calculation of the following taxes:

  • Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income
  • Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax
  • Foreign-Derived Intangible Income

Outsourcing accounting functions to specialized firms can help make your task much simpler.

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

The IRS Large Business & International division recently initiated a new compliance campaign about the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, a tax reform law, and the changes in the CARES Act. The goal is to identify restructuring, transactions, and other issues related to the changes in tax law. The process can involve:

  • Soft letters
  • Examinations
  • Improved practice units
  • Outreach

Benefits of Outsourcing Accounting Functions

A combination of right services and technologies from a reliable accounting and taxation firm can help your business address the challenges that have arisen during these times. Some of the key benefits of outsourcing accounting are discussed here:

Ensure Financial Efficiency

The pandemic has caused many governments, at federal, state, or local levels, to impose lockdowns and various restrictions. Most businesses that have been considered nonessential have had to close their offices. Even when revenues are affected, business processes must be taken care of. Your business will still have to:

  • Pay bills
  • File local and/or federal taxes
  • Bill and collect receivables

Surprisingly financial analysis becomes even more important during this time. When you choose outsourcing accounting functions, you will put your business in a better position to keep your financial processes running smoothly.


The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy and put businesses in a tight spot. The business landscape is certainly going to be much different in a post-Covid-19 era. Adapting to these changes will require your business to be more adaptive and position yourself for taking faster action. One of the benefits of outsourcing accounting services will be that they will help you become agile to meet the new challenges and demands. They can also help you take advantage of the new economic opportunities.

Thus, outsourcing tax and accounting processes can be a useful step you can take during this pandemic. QXAS has been offshoring accounting partner to over 200+ accounting firms. If you decide to take that plunge, drop an eamil to [email protected] and we’ll get in touch with you!

ABOUT Harsh Shukla

Harsh has almost a decade-long experience in public accounting, and at QXAS he brings to the table his extensive experience in various arenas of outsourcing such as bookkeeping, accounting and tax services. Additionally, he develops, implements and upgrades overall procedures and internal control systems in the operations department. He has also visited exhibitions and conferences in the US previously. When not found working, he can be found tweeting his views on Tax and accounting, connecting with like-minded peers from the industry and cooking for beautiful wife and son. More Posts(1)  

Originally published Jun 11, 2020 07:06:55, updated June 11 2020

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