Iowa providing assistance for employees, employers affected by COVID-19-related layoffs

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Assistance for workers and employers affected by COVID-19-related layoffs in Iowa was announced by Governor Reynolds on March 16. Included in the guidance is information on unemployment insurance claims and available programs for employers like the Voluntary Shared Work program.

“Iowa has incredible employers accommodating the needs of Iowans during the disruption caused by COVID-19,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The state of Iowa is doing everything we can to ease the process and shorten the time it will take for Iowans to receive unemployment benefits. All of our state agencies continue to work as one team to lessen the impact COVID-19 will have on our economy and our people.”

For more information on the release, visit iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov.

For employers to avoid charges to their account from Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) for COVID-19-related lay-offs, follow these instructions:

  1. Send an email to uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov
  2. Subject line must include ATTENTION #60
  3. List your business name
  4. List the contact name (owner, president, etc.)
  5. Include a brief note that lay-offs are due to COVID-19, and you are sending this notice to avoid a charge on your employer account
  6. Provide a list of employees being laid off with first and last name and last four digits of their Social Security number

Additional resources from IWD:

Employee COVID-19 Q & A:

Employer COVID-19 Q & A:

VSW COVID-19 Flyer

Honkamp, P.C. announces seven new principals

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Dubuque, Iowa (January 25, 2023) – Honkamp, P.C. has announced the addition of seven new principals to the firm effective January 1, 2023.

Michael E. Brannon, CPA, joined Honkamp in 2022. He has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting. Mike works with a variety of businesses in the retail, nonprofit, service, restaurant, manufacturing and health care industries. His specialties include corporate, partnership, personal tax planning and preparation; monthly and annual financial statement preparation; and business consulting. Mike earned a B.S. in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Karla A. Hagerty, CPA, has been promoted to principal. Karla has more than 15 years of experience in the accounting field. She works with a variety of businesses in the retail, nonprofit, service, restaurant, manufacturing and health care industries. Her specialties include corporate, partnership, personal tax planning and preparation; monthly and annual financial statement preparation; and business consulting. Karla earned a B.A. in accounting with an emphasis in finance from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Michael J. Hurd, CPA, CCIFP, has been promoted to principal. Mike has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting serving closely-held businesses and their owners. In addition to compliance work, Mike spends much of his time on consulting, business and individual tax planning, and conducting research. His specialties include all areas of federal and state income tax with a focus on corporate and partnership taxation in the health care, retail, wholesale, manufacturing and construction industries. Mike earned his B.B.A. in accounting from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Danielle M. Lex, CPA, CFE, CGMA, has been promoted to principal. Danielle has more than 20 years of experience in the auditing, tax and accounting fields. Her experience includes seven years as the controller for a local manufacturing company where she was in charge of all aspects of financial reporting including monthly and annual financial reporting, payroll and banking requirements. Danielle also has eight years of experience as a senior auditor for Honkamp, specializing in manufacturing, casinos and wholesale. She helps businesses and individuals with tax planning and preparation, financial planning and general business consulting. Danielle earned her B.A. in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Erin L. Milestone, CPA, has been promoted to principal. With 14 years of accounting and tax experience, Erin dedicates her skills and knowledge to helping her clients succeed in their business endeavors. She works with a variety of businesses in the franchise restaurant, retail and manufacturing industries. Through financial statement and tax planning and preparations, Erin guides her clients to make better data-driven decisions about their business’s future. She specializes in monthly and annual financial statement preparation; corporate, partnership and individual tax preparation; general business consulting, and QuickBooks consulting.

Julie A. Pluemer, CPA, has over 35 years of experience, including 15 years at a top 10 accounting firm. Julie joined Honkamp in 2022. As a principal at Honkamp, Julie works with individuals and small businesses providing tax, accounting and advisory services. She earned her B.S. in business administration with an accounting emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Platteville, Wisconsin.

Terrance B. Vaassen, CPA, has over 40 years of experience in accounting. He joined Honkamp in 2022. Terry earned his B.S. in business and economics with a minor in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Platteville, Wisconsin.

Katie Thomas appointed to Honkamp, P.C. chief executive officer

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Dubuque, Iowa, January 1, 2023 – Honkamp, P.C. announces the appointment of Katie Thomas, president of Honkamp, to president and chief executive officer (CEO). She succeeds former CEO, Greg Burbach.

Katie Thomas, CPA, CFP®, CGMA, has been with the firm since 2004. In her 18 years at Honkamp, she quickly rose through leadership positions, becoming one of the youngest partners at the firm at the age of 29. In February 2020, Katie was named president of Honkamp.

She assists business and individuals with tax planning and preparation, financial planning, financial statement preparation, and business and management advising. In addition, Katie will focus on growing the firm, developing employees, and delivering solutions to enrich the lives of Honkamp employees, clients and communities.

Greg Burbach, “It has been an honor to be a part of the Honkamp family for over 40 years and I want to express my gratitude to the extremely dedicated employees, as well as our incredibly talented management team. The future holds great opportunities for this organization.” Going forward, Burbach will serve as shareholder and chairman of the board.

Katie Thomas, “It is a privilege to lead this exceptional organization and to build on Greg’s legacy. I look forward to continuing serving clients, growing the firm and working alongside a spirited team of leaders.”

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