SCACPA Happenings: Week of Dec. 14-Dec. 18

TRENDING THIS WEEK:

  • SCACPA is preparing again for another round of the RAP Index Survey, which is an important tool that helps us grow our advocacy programs and advance our positions on the issues that impact South Carolina CPAs. Your voice is influential in your community as an employee, voter and volunteer, and you can let us know about the issues important to you. You will also help us identify the stakeholders within your network and the level of advocacy you are willing to undertake. If you don’t want to wait until our email hits your inbox, you can begin the survey today or any time at this Survey Link .
  • December is packed with livestream CPE, because we want to give options for CPAs still short on their 40 hours. We offer at least one education opportunity per business day through Monday, Dec. 21. You can go straight to our Month of December CPE Calendar to see which of the remaining courses are right for you.
  • For maximum convenience and flexibility, we are offering after-business hours livestream courses and a special “CPE Saturday.”
  • ATTENTION STUDENTS: SCACPA wants to make sure as many accounting students as possible can find financial help along the way through college. That’s why the application period has opened as of Dec. 1 for a wide variety of SCACPA scholarships. These awards are intended for juniors, seniors and graduate students. Scholarship amounts usually range from $500 to $2,500. The number awarded each year depends upon the qualifications of the applicants and available funds. Don’t delay, start on the path today!
  • More great news for Student Members: You can participate in a FREE Virtual Mock CPA Exam on Thursday, Jan., 28 from 1-5 p.m. SCACPA and Surgent CPA Review have partnered and combined resources to offer a simulated CPA Exam section of your choice. The goal is to simulate the format of taking the CPA Exam, using actual multiple-choice questions and simulations that are laid out according to the Uniform CPA Examination Blueprints. You can experience a simulated exam section from your home, plus be able to view your exam results in real time, and giving you a better understanding of how prepared you are to sit for the actual exam. Candidates will receive their ReadySCORE along with a diagnostic report showing areas of strength and weakness as aligned with the CPA Exam Blueprints. To register, complete the form on our Student Membership page by Sunday, Jan. 24.
  • NOW OPEN! Make a Commitment to Making a Difference: SCACPA Has Opened Nominations for Board of Directors and Chapter Leadership for 2021-2022. In an effort to generate as much awareness and interest as early possible, SCACPA is announcing that we are accepting nominations starting in November 2020 for multiple seats on the SCACPA Board and for Chapter Leadership for our 2021-22 membership year. We look forward to receiving your nominations of others – or yourself.
  • The Association is accepting proposals for audit and tax services for SCACPA and its related entities for the year ending June 30, 2021, and beyond. Download the Request for Proposal here: https://www.scacpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/SCACPA-2020-Audit-RFP.docx. Responses are due by Dec. 18. Contact SCACPA CFO/COO Jacque Curtin at 803.791.4181 or jcurtin@scacpa.org if you have questions.

Advocate

  • Congratulations to Walda C. Wildman, CPA (SCACPA Member since 1984) for her appointment to the South Carolina Board of Accountancy as a representative of the 2nd Congressional District. SCACPA wishes you nothing but success as you enter this new chapter, and we anticipate you will serve the public and the profession in the highest imaginable capacity.
  • LLR 2021 License Renewal Notices are arriving in your inbox. Check-in here to make sure you’re not missing anything. Also: Does your firm have up-to-date succession plans? SCACPA and the South Carolina Board of Accountancy are partnering to remind CPAs that this year’s firm renewal process will address this question as new regulations are in effect. The purpose is that there is an accounting for custody of client records.
  • The Governmental Affairs Team held its quarterly meeting in November. Upcoming plans included a review of our upcoming 2021 Legislator’s Tax Guide so that it will be ready when State House opens a new two-year cycle in January. The Team also meet virtually with representatives from the Department of Employment and Workforce, Board of Accountancy and Department of Revenue. Thank you to all our regulatory partners who are open for business and ready to assist you.

Educate

  • The SCACPA CPE Team wants to make sure you get the most value out of your 40-hour CPE Bank member benefit by making it possible to fulfill additional license requirements and is excited to announce that we have obtained approval from the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) Board to offer CFP credit for courses in December.
  • If you have an idea about how we can make CPE more valuable with specific speakers or topics, please let us know with this form. Stay tuned to SCACPA social media, our blog and scacpa.org/events as we deliver “just-in-time” learning on breaking news topics.
  • 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 learning and knowledge opportunities.
  • SPRING SPLASH SAVE THE DATE: May 13-14 in Greenville. The CPE Committee of 16 is finalizing the sessions schedule and registration will open soon. When we say we hope to see you there, we mean it!
  • Are you a newbie at using the SCACPA Online Classroom? Do yourself a huge favor and check out our Online Classroom Tutorial. It’s less than 2 and a half minutes long, and will save you a lot of time – and frustration – on the phone trying to solve something that might be addressed here.

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 and LinkedIn) for quick, real-time updates. We steadily share breaking news on social media, so please give us a Like and Follow!
  • The Q3 issue of South Carolina CPA Report magazine has been distributed to members. View the online here, including testimonials from many of our 2020 student scholarship winners.

Connect

  • Did you know that with SCACPA Connect you can review and respond to items in a daily digest email? Pick the time of day you would like to receive a notification that summarizes posts that occurred in the community. You can modify your notification settings to immediate, daily, weekly. However, we ask that you allow the “daily digest” emails at first to familiarize yourself, as well as facilitate and generate some timely discussion.
  • Want to get involved with SCACPA’s online discussion portal, SCACPA Connect? It’s easy to get started when you visit our new platform page for SCACPA Connect. It tells you how to follow the steps to start growing your professional network today.

Grow

  • Student Members, have you seen our SCACPA Student Interview Guide? Not only is it full of tips and tricks on acing an interview, it contains advice from our member firms on exactly what they look for from the candidates they desire. Gain a competitive edge and use the Student Interview Guide to help propel you forward in your career.

Member Benefit Spotlight

  • Maximize your savings on UPS shipping with SCACPA! Member discounts have increased to 50% on Domestic Next Day/Deferred and 30% on Ground Commercial/Residential. Find out out to open an account here.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Partner Spotlight

  • For businesses looking to grow, we’re letting them know that CPAs are an ideal target market. The new Partnership Playbook explains all the reasons why partnering with SCACPA is a win-win.
  • Have you checked out the COVID-19 tools provided by SCACPA partner Paychex? Stay informed via the Paychex Twitter feed.