THIS WEEK:

  • SCACPA thanks you for your dedication to the profession and support of the Association now more than ever. Our COVID-19 Response and Resources hub page can be found at www.scacpa.org/covid-19-response-and-resources. The page is continually updating with links to news as it becomes available, along with links to resources such as webinar dates and IRS FAQ pages.
  • SCACPA’s next edition of livestream COVID-19-related CPE is here – and this time with a Town Hall Q&A twist. Join us for “COVID-19 Update: Part III with Town Hall” (Livestream code LITX44) on Friday, April 24 (8:30 a.m.–12:30 a.m.), where Bradley Burnett and Lynn Nichols will co-host a one-hour Town Hall respond to your questions and discuss developments to wrap up the webcast.
  • While a full, in-person Spring Splash can’t be a reality, SCACPA has a solution: We are dedicated to delivering to you via livestream on May 14-15 our planned tracks of Tax and A&A. Register now as our elite practitioners and speakers continue the high-quality CPE you require through the convenience and security of online livestream presentations. You can earn 16 hours of credit by selecting either the Tax or A&A track or choose a mix of sessions based on your specific needs. Also: If you only want a few of the sessions, you can choose them individually.
  • While SCACPA is avoiding all in-person gatherings scheduled through July 1, we are committed to delivering livestream rebroadcast courses to you at your location. This May and June will feature an incredible selection of CPE, including our remaining tracks of Business & Industry, Government/Nonprofit and Variety, so for a full list of our upcoming livestream and rebroadcast course offerings, go to https://www.scacpa.org/events.
  • Your membership fortifies SCACPA’s ability to vocalize your needs and protect your interests through our legislative efforts. Also, SCACPA introduced several new benefits including group health insurance, auto and home insurance, long-term care and pet health insurance. Soon, we will send your membership renewal for 2020-21. We look forward to your reaffirmation of your commitment to the CPA credential and elevating the profession to serve South Carolina individuals and businesses. Also: Be on the lookout for a Membership Survey emailed to you this May.
  • SCACPA is updating your website login information with easier secure access option. To help you better access the SCACPA website and your membership benefits, we have updated several features to provide you a more seamless online experience. With that, your login information has been updated. We know that managing usernames and passwords for all your online accounts can be a challenge, so we also developed a secure way for you to log in without a password! If that is your preference, our system will email you a temporary link. Use that link to easily log in to the website and stay logged in for 90 days. This new experience streamlines your ability to register for CPE, participate in SCACPA Connect, renew your membership, and much more. Thank you for your incredible support as we continue to develop ways to get you the information you need as quickly and easily as possible.
  • SCACPA’s Annual Member Meeting will be held via Livestream (MEABMLI) on Monday, May 18 (noon-1:00 p.m). All members are invited. Attendees will vote on the new slate of board members and officers, review the Association’s annual budget and hear reports on SCACPA’s activities.
  • SCACPA is happy to announce our newest team member, Lisa Renee Bland, CPA. Before starting her role as the Association’s Controller, Lisa began her accounting career with a mix of public accounting and industry, and has spent the past 22 years as an accounting staffing recruiter. She first became a SCACPA member in 1995. Welcome to the SCACPA staff, Lisa!

Advocate

  • To show how we’re listening when you tell us your issues and concerns and that we will work to put things right quickly and thoroughly, SCACPA has been in communication with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce regarding filing. The SCDEW’s Chief Administrative Officer Jamie Suber addressed your first round of questions in a video, and we have forwarded your follow-up questions. Continue to post your comments on SCACPA Connect, and we will work to get you answers.
  • SCACPA is the only organization in the state the protects and promotes the CPA profession. We’re promoting our #WhyCPA campaign to spread awareness about the differences between an accountant and a CPA, and why choosing a CPA is a smart long-term financial decision. We know choosing a CPA is the right decision, don’t you?
  • Thank you to SCACPA members who have acted as Key Contact Persons in delivering CPA-PAC checks to legislators for their campaign funds. SCACPA has one of the strongest grassroots networks in South Carolina, and the CPA-PAC is an important part of that effort. The profession has celebrated a long list of legislative victories, but none of those successes are accomplished without legislators who listen to and support our positions. Stay tuned to SCACPA communications for updates on our future advocacy activities.

Educate

  • SCACPA is now an IRS-approved provider for our tax CPE classes. Watch for more announcements and updates as we enter the 2020-21 CPE season starting July 1 with the new membership year.
  • If you’ve taken a class via SCACPA’s livestream, you know the convenience of being able to watch and listen to our expert instructors’ presentations at home, in the office, or anywhere you please. We want to make you aware that you are also free to audit a livestream class (or rebroadcast) whenever you like. It’s a great way to expand the scope of your knowledge. To audit a class, there’s no sign-up or fee involved. Simply pull up the SCACPA livestream player at www.scacpa.org/classroom anytime a course is in session. You can read here about the experience of SCACPA Member Sheri Saunders, CPA, of Spartanburg, as she keeps livestream courses playing throughout her workday at her family firm. While auditing a session on the SCACPA Classroom page, you can still access links for materials and join the discussion with our live chat. Registration for livestream is only required to acquire CPE credit.
  • SCACPA’s CPE Committee of 16 met (via online conferencing) on March 17. They are putting the finishing touches on the 2020-21 CPE schedule, which will be unveiled leading up to our membership renewal period in May.
  • SCACPA CEO Chris Jenkins is the host of #TechTuesday, a weekly technology update posted to our YouTube channel. Check out 11 Excel spreadsheet tutorials here and remember to subscribe!
  • If you have attended a South Carolina Department of Revenue seminar or workshop and have questions about your certificate or anything related to your attendance, email TaxpayerEducation@dor.sc.gov or call 803-898-5800.

Communications

  • The first quarter issue of South Carolina CPA Report magazine should have reached your mailbox. Many thanks to the team at Professional Printers for making this happen. For an online view of the issue, which features updates on our continuing #WhyCPA campaign as well as tips on how you can profit from updating your firm operations guide, click here.
  • SCACPA Social Media is important for you to get the most out of membership! Don’t forget to follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram) for quick, real-time updates. We share the latest breaking news on social media first, so go ahead and give us a Like and Follow!
  • Your weekly Current Assets e-newsletter is delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning to bring you the latest news in Association activities and events. If it’s been a while since you’ve read it, make sure to check your spam folder.

Connect

  • Make the most of the Association’s online open forum community SCACPA Connect. This member benefit allows us to talk to one another and offer support, which we need now more than ever. Read about how to log in and start a conversation All we ask is that everyone abide by some simple rules of SCACPA Connect etiquette.
  • SCACPA remains open for business to provide you the benefits and services you expect and deserve. We are focusing our strengths on helping you remain open for business and in successfully navigating the road to recovery. The dedicated SCACPA staff will maintain our full office hours and answer every phone call and email you send us. Our technology allows us to work anytime, anyplace, and we will not shut that off.
  • Congratulations to Burch, Oxner, Seale Co., CPAs, PA in Florence for winning SCACPA’s annual Community Connected Engagement Award in recognition of their work in assisting Wilson High School’s autism program during SCACPA’s 2019 October Month of Service. Thanks to all our members, chapters and firms who reached out to their communities for October Month of Service.

Grow

  • STUDENT MEMBERS: SCACPA SCHOLARSHIP SEASON IS OPEN. Did you know SCACPA awarded more than $40,000 in student scholarships last year? Awards are intended for juniors, seniors and graduate students, and amounts can range from $500 to $2,500. Apply today!

Member Benefit Spotlight

  • SCACPA is proud to announce its newest member benefit: group health insurance for CPA firms. You can visit www.scacpa.org/insurance for more details.
  • With SCACPA’s Office Depot/OfficeMax member benefit, you can now text and receive your In-Store Purchasing Card directly to your phone so you can take your savings with you! Text SCACPASAVES to 555-888 now to download your free mobile In-Store Purchasing Card! Your SCACPA member discounts saves you up to 75% off on our Best Value List of preferred products. Visit officediscounts.org/scacpa  for details and start saving today!