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Membership FAQs

2015-16 Membership

Your 2016-17 SCACPA membership dues statement will be emailed late-May and a hard copy mailed mid June.

Please remember that prompt payment saves the Association the cost of additional mailings – your timely payment means you won’t miss a beat when it comes to CPE discounts, your subscription to the CPA Report, SCACPA insurance and discount programs, outstanding networking opportunities and dozens of other benefits of membership.

As a member convenience, we’ve printed the commonly asked questions and answers regarding payment procedures and billing classifications. Should you have additional questions, please contact the membership team at membership@scacpa.org  or  call (803) 791-4181.

FAQs

Q: What period does my dues payment cover?
A: Your membership investment covers July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.

Q. What are the membership dues rates?
A. The membership dues rates are as follows for July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017: 

Fellow Member   $225
Fellow – Other (Non-profit, Education, Government)    $180
Fellow – Retired $110
Associate (CPA licensed out of state)  $180
Academic Affiliate (Non-CPA educator)  $180
Professional Affiliate (Non-CPA employee of firm)  $225
CPA Candidate  $115
Student
  $0


Q.
Are SCACPA dues prorated?
A. Yes, dues are prorated on a quarterly basis. 

Q. What are the SCACPA Chapter dues rates?

A. The chapter dues rates are as follows for July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017:

Catawba $ 75
Coastal $150
Piedmont 
$ 50
Grand Strand    $125
Central $ 50 
Foothills $ 45 
Pee Dee $ 55 
Sea Island $145 


Q: What are the membership types and/or am I eligible for membership in SCACPA?

  • Fellow Members:
    Possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant issued under the rules and regulations of the South Carolina Board of Accountancy.
  • Associate or International Members:
    Possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant issued by a state, District of Columbia, a territory or possession of the United States of America, or a similar certificate issued by a foreign body having responsibility for governing accounting and auditing matters
  • Professional Affiliate Members:
    Non-CPA employee of a South Carolina CPA firm or individual practitioner.
  • CPA Candidate Members:
    (1) Obtained an accounting degree from an accredited program. 
    (2) Approved applicant for the Uniform CPA Examination actively pursuing their certificate and licensure.
    (3) Employment in an accounting capacity, pursuing CPA certification, and supervised by a licensed CPA. 
    This membership category is limited to five years.
  • Academic Affiliate Members:
    Non-CPA teaching accounting-related subjects at the college or university level.
  • Student Members:
    (a) Enrolled at a college or university in an accounting program.
    (b) Does not qualify for membership under any other category (cannot be employed by a South Carolina CPA firm or individual practitioner).
    (c) Sponsorship (by signature on the application form) of a member of the Association in good standing OR faculty or staff member at their college or university.


SCACPA General Membership Requirements and Definitions

(a) Good moral character.
(b) Sponsorship (by signature on the application form) of a member of the Association in good standing.
(c) Members shall complete continuing professional education as required by the South Carolina Code of Laws. 
 

Q: I received my dues notice and the billing class listed is incorrect. Can I change it myself and return with the correct dues amount?
A: No, please contact SCACPA via email, mail or fax to have the change approved. We require notification of all membership changes and requests in writing and handle on a case by case basis.

Q: Are my SCACPA annual dues tax-deductible?
A: Dues to SCACPA are not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be deducted as an ordinary and necessary business expense. A portion of your dues (estimated at 10%) is not deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense, to the extent that SCACPA engages in lobbying.

Q: When should I pay my dues?
A: Dues are payable upon receipt of the renewal notice, due by June 30, 2016.

Q: I allowed my membership to lapse and would like to rejoin. Can I pay the pro-rated dues amount?
A: The pro-rated dues amount is available to new members that have never been a SCACPA member. Former members may rejoin at the pro-rated amount provided they have not been a SCACPA member for at least three years (prior to 6/30/11). Former members must also pay a reinstatement fee of $35.

Q: What forms of payment does SCACPA accept?
A: You may pay your dues with a personal check, firm or company check or Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit cards.

Q: Can I pay my dues online?
A: Yes! Save time, money and valuable resources - we prefer online dues payments. You may pay your dues online by going to http://www.scacpa.org/. Simply login and click on the Membership Area, Pay Dues Online link. Need assistance logging in? Contact SCACPA to obtain your Web site login information.

Q: My contact information has changed. How do I update my information with SCACPA?
A: You may update your information online in your membership account, on the mailed renewal notice or by emailing membership@scacpa.org with your new contact information. 

Q: Are there firm discounts for membership?
A: Yes, for firms with 10+ CPAs on staff, all of whom are members of SCACPA. This is called the SCACPA 100% Membership Program. In addition to a dues discount program, 100% membership firms receive complimentary firm administrator memberships for their offices in South Carolina, recognition in the CPA Report and Current Assets and at SCACPA membership events.

Q: What is the SCACPA Educational Fund?
A: The SCACPA Educational Fund is the scholarship arm of the Association and your contribution to the fund is tax deductible. The Educational Fund provides scholarships to accounting students in South Carolina. In 2014, we awarded $26,750 to 16 deserving students in South Carolina as a result of our members’ contributions.

Q: What is the SCACPA-PAC?
A: Like many associations, SCACPA has a
 Political Action Committee to raise funds and make contributions to political candidates. A donation of $50 to the PAC provides you a PAC-Backer ribbon at SCACPA events and pride in knowing you supported this invaluable membership program.

Q: I’ve recently retired or am planning to retire this year. Can I pay the retired rate?
A: No, please contact SCACPA via email, mail or fax to have the change approved. We require notification of all membership changes and requests in writing and handle on a case by case basis.

Q: I have temporarily left the work force for military duty, unemployment, disability or domestic responsibilities. Is there a special membership rate for me?
A: Yes. We have an unemployed/other membership classification for which an annual dues rate of $100 applies. You must request this special rate in writing and complete an inactive membership waiver form.

Q: At this time I no longer wish to remain a member. Can I just ignore the statements?
A: No. Per the SCACPA Constitution, you must resign from membership by sending a letter or email to request resignation. In addition, we require you return your certificate of membership to the Association office. Members who have not renewed within 90 days are no longer members in good standing. Membership dues must be paid in order to register at member rates for CPE seminars and other events, to participate in Chapter events and to be eligible for SCACPA insurance and discount programs. In June, we send our insurance and benefits providers a list of non-renewing members and resignations so that they may contact you to make other arrangements for their services.

Q: My question is not listed. Who can I contact?
A: SCACPA’s friendly and professional membership services team members are only a phone call or email away!
(888) 557-4814 or (803) 791-4181, Fax: (803) 791-4196

Member Services Team, membership@scacpa.org (General Membership and Chapter Questions, 100% Membership Program, Data Updates and Billing Class Changes)


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