THIS WEEK:

  • SCACPA’s COVID-19 Response and Resources hub page can be found at www.scacpa.org/covid-19-response-and-resources. This 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 first edition of livestream COVID-19-related CPE is here. “COVID-19 Tax Law Developments: Tax Effects of Coronavirus (COVID‐19) and CARES Act” (Livestream codes LITX41 and LITX42) will be on Wednesday, April 8 (9 a.m.–noon) and again on Friday, April 10 (11 a.m.–2 p.m.).
  • 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. For a full list of our upcoming livestream and rebroadcast course offerings, go to https://www.scacpa.org/events.
  • SCACPA itself 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.
  • During this time of social distancing, we invite you to make the most of our online open forum community SCACPA Connect. This Association resource 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.
  • 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 already forwarded your follow-up questions. Continue to post your comments on SCACPA Connect, and we will work to get you answers.
  • SPRING SPLASH 2020: In adjusting our in-person plans to be in Spartanburg on May 14-15, we are committed to offering livestream versions of the courses that our speakers have been developing for you. Look for information soon to begin registration to meet your CPE needs.
  • 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.
  • All together now: Wash your hands. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough. Stay home if you’re sick.

Advocate

  • 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.
  • Central Chapter members, the “Meet Your Legislators” night at the Blue Marlin restaurant scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, has been canceled. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Thank you to those who have supported this annual event for sharing conversations with decision-makers in a relaxed environment, and we look forward to it returning in the future.

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

  • 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

  • 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!