THIS WEEK:

  • We are closing in on 90% of our members having renewed their dues for 2020-21 All-Inclusive Membership! SCACPA is excited for all the initiatives we’ve been rolling out, and we appreciate that we continue to receive membership renewals every day. However, time is running out to get your renewal in to us. Our “late payment” deadline fee of $25 is waived until Monday, August 31, and non-renewed memberships will be suspended as of Sept. 1. Head to  www.scacpa.org/dues and don’t risk an interruption of the benefits and services that help you offer the most for your clients.
  • Ready to renew your SCACPA membership for 2020-21? The SCACPA staff is standing by at 803.791.4181. Thank you for serving the South Carolina individuals and businesses that count on you and for fortifying the profession.
  • This Friday is SCACPA’s annual Board of Directors retreat, and we’ll be eager to start sharing with you the initiatives that come out of that soon after its completion. Stay tuned, the best is yet to come!
  • The Federal Tax Update with Lynn Nichols is back! Catch up every week with this video blog from SCACPA’s advisor and speaker on federal tax topics, Lynn Nichols.
  • Can’t wait for Fall Fest 2020 in November? We’ve got you covered all August, September and October for learning tracks of Business and Industry, Government, Nonprofit, Variety, Ethics and more. We are recording our speakers in advance as they deliver the content of all these sessions, and those courses will be offered online with the speaker monitoring discussion on the topic during the broadcast time. It’s all part of SCACPA’s commitment to keep you informed and up-to-date on your learning even in the midst of work-from-a-distance measures. We are still working on building additional courses, so stay tuned to SCACPA social media, our blog and scacpa.org/events as we deliver just-in-time education on breaking news topics.
  • As we ride out South Carolina’s hurricane season, the South Carolina Department of Revenue is offering “Tax Tips for Emergency Preparedness: Securing Your Tax Records.” In addition, SCACPA is helping you be prepared with our Disaster Readiness page to bring you updates when necessary.
  • Thank you to all who have renewed your dues. We are innovating now more than ever to get the job done for you. If you have questions about what we are doing or how we can support you, we’re only a call or email away. If you have an idea about how we can make your membership more valuable, please let us know.

Advocate

  • The Governmental Affairs Committee is met last Thursday and continues its efforts to achieve Federal Tax Conformity while also bracing for required changes spawned by COVID relief packages. We’re maintaining our relationship with regulatory bodies and continue to communicate the impact we see with the Board of Accountancy, SC DOR, and DEW.
  • SCACPA applauds the Board of Accountancy and the motion that was made at its Aug. 19 meeting regarding how livestream CPE is counted as live CPE. Look for the BOA’s announcement on the BOA Facebook page.
  • 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?
  • SCACPA is the only organization that protects and promotes the CPA profession in the state. SCACPA thanks you for your dedication to the profession and support of the Association now more than ever. We anticipate this will continue to be an active year with local, state and federal legislators, and our benefits of advocacy are waiting for you.

Educate

  • SCACPA has announced a partnership with the Greater Washington (DC) Society of CPAs to bring you livestream CPE. You can register now for the 2020 Government Contracting Virtual Conference (LIAA41) on Sept. 23-24 (11 credit hours) as well as the Nonprofit Symposium (LIAA40) from Dec. 14-16 (24 credit hours).
  • SCACPA is proud to co-sponsor the virtual ‘2020 Carolinas Planned Giving Conference’ on Wednesday, Sept. 2 and Thursday, Sept. 3. Registration is open through your CPE Bank for course ID LIOT04. Attendees will earn 10.50 hours of CPE, along with CFP credit and CLE credit. The CFP is ideal for members who are Certified Financial Planners. Read more about it here to expand your planned giving knowledge, learn new skills you can apply at your organizations, and network with peers and industry leaders. The Planned Giving Conference is presented by the North Carolina and South Carolina Planned Giving Councils.
  • Our Education Committee plans to meet on Tuesday.
  • Our CPE planning committee continues to evaluate possibilities while COVID-19 places significant restrictions on live CPE programming. The Committee of 16 is committed to bringing you the highest quality offerings in the most convenient, effective, and safe manner possible.
  • Are you ready to check out SCACPA’s CPE schedule for 2020-21? Remember, SCACPA is an IRS-approved provider for our tax CPE classes. With your 40-hour CPE Bank for 2020-21, it’s easy to take advantage of ‘just in time’ learning and knowledge opportunities.

Communications

  • Thank you to everyone who takes advantage of reading SCACPA’s Current Assets e-newsletter to learn the latest news in Association activities and events. It’s the member benefit that is delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning. If it’s been a while since you’ve read it, make sure to check your spam folder. Also: Look for changes soon to its delivery that will result in you getting more of the targeted knowledge you’re looking for.
  • 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 steadily share breaking news on social media, so please give us a Like and Follow!
  • Stay informed with SCACPA Happenings, especially as we start planning for November’s Fall Fest 2020 on Nov. 12-13!
  • Check out the Q2 issue of South Carolina CPA Report magazine with this PDF. It tells how a group of young CPAs has been working from home, includes tips to navigate the road to recovery, and our CPE schedule for 2020-21 through June 2021.

Connect

  • October Month of Service is fast approaching. SCACPA is looking for new ways to help our communities during these times of social distancing. We’re hoping you have innovative ideas on how the SCACPA community can safely and effectively make a difference for those in need. Thank you in advance for your upcoming contributions that will demonstrate that CPAs are trusted neighbors for those in need.
  • As SCACPA continues to pivot and innovate to meet the needs of our members, make the most of the Association’s online open forum community SCACPA Connect. This member benefit allows members to talk to one another and offer support, which we know is needed 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.
  • We are indebted to everyone who responded to our 2020 Membership Survey. We received a total of 766 responses, with 491 coming from members and 275 from non-members. Take a look at what the survey respondents are telling us about the strengths we have today. Here are some thoughts you told us:
    • The majority of respondents say the investment value is “fair” or “more than fair.” Nearly one-fifth of respondents said they got more value back than what they invested in monetarily with SCACPA membership
    • 80% of respondents said SCACPA membership adds to their professional development
    • Nearly 71% of respondents are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with SCACPA’s level of service

Grow

  • The South Carolina Association of CPAs Educational Fund Trustees are proud to announce it has awarded $64,500 to 43 exceptional students who plan to pursue careers in accounting. The scholarship recipients represent 16 South Carolina colleges and universities. Best of luck to all our hard-working SCACPA Student Members, you are the future of the profession! That includes three winners of our AICPA Minority Scholarship Award that was awarded in June. Jessica Outlaw of South Carolina State University, Kenisha Robinson of Winthrop University and Frederick Uy of Clafin University each received $5,000.

Member Benefit Spotlight

  • Maximize your office with SCACPA! 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!
  • Have you checked out the COVID-19 tools provided by SCACPA partner Paychex? Their HR white paper eBook “What to Consider as Businesses Re-Open” can help you identify what to plan for, with details about staffing considerations, workplace safety and privacy considerations and supporting employees as they return to work. They also have a breakdown of state-by-state guidance.
  • SCACPA has introduced many new benefits including group health insurance, auto and home insurance, long-term care and pet health insurance. Visit www.scacpa.org/insurance for more details.