By Shannon Clinton
As stay-at-home mandates were being issued a year ago and businesses ordered to close or greatly alter operations, accountants’ phones began ringing with new questions about the impact of COVID-19 in the midst of an already busy tax season.
Suddenly thrust into the roles of therapist and financial prognosticator, these accounting professionals have spent subsequent months helping clients of all different sizes and sectors navigate the pandemic’s present and lasting effects.
By late March 2020, “the calls were fast and furious,” said Jennifer Miloszewski, director in charge of the Lexington office of Blue & Co.
She works primarily in traditional audits, assurance and consulting for construction and tech-based companies, and typically her client contacts are controllers, owners, chief financial officers and occasionally human resources professionals.
“The primary (questions) were, ‘What do I do with my people?’ ” Miloszewski said. “We work primarily with