THIS WEEK:

  • SCACPA is now an IRS-approved provider for our tax CPE classes. Watch for an announcement and updates as we enter the 2020-21 CPE season starting July 1 with the new membership year.
  • SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE ALERT! The application window closes March 1 at 3pm for AICPA/SCACPA Minority Scholarships. Up to $5,000 will be awarded to encourage their pursuit of accounting as a major. Learn the details, and don’t miss out!
  • The South Carolina Association of Accounting Educators (SCAAE), an organization of two-year and four-year accounting educators from colleges and universities in South Carolina, will hold its 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting to focus on current issues and trends that impact accounting education on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29 at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.
  • Coastal Chapter members, the popular “Lunch and Learn” series of CPE events is returning. From March through June, join us at Sticky Fingers in Mount Pleasant, registration is open for:
  • Thanks to all our members, chapters and firms who reached out to their communities for October Month of Service. Look for an announcement this week on who won this year’s Community Connected Engagement Award! (Hint: They’re located in Florence.)
  • USC Student Day is Thursday, Feb. 20, and SCACPA COO/CFO Jacque Curtin will be on hand to talk with freshmen and sophomores in the business school who have yet to declare a major. Please contact jcurtin@scacpa.org if you are interested in attending to talk with students and meet the future of the profession.
  • SCACPA is proud to announce its newest member benefit: group health insurance for CPA firms. You can visit scacpa.org/insurance for more details.

Advocate

  • SCACPA is glad to produce its annual “Tax Guide for Legislators,” which assists our representatives with their unique income tax implications of being a state legislator. As we distribute this year’s edition, here are links to additional resources about tax, businesses and South Carolina.
  • 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.
  • SCACPA sends a special thanks to the patience of our Central Chapter members after March 6’s “Meet Your Legislators” event was suspended due to the day’s severe weather events in throughout the Midlands. Safety is the first priority for our members and guests. This free event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 27. Stay tuned to SCACPA communications for updates on our future advocacy activities.
  • 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?

Educate

  • Save the date for SPRING SPLASH 2020 on May 14-15 in Spartanburg. The CPE Committee of 16 is finalizing the sessions schedule and registration will open soon. See you there!
  • SCACPA CEO Chris Jenkins is the host of #TechTuesday, a weekly technology update posted to our YouTube channel. Check out our content here and remember to subscribe!
  • 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. Registration for livestream is only required to acquire CPE credit. To audit a class, there’s no sign-up or fee involved. Simply pull up the SCACPA livestream player at https://www.scacpa.org/classroom anytime a course is in session. It’s a great way to expand the scope of your knowledge. 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.
  • 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

  • During February’s Black History, SCACPA is proud to commemorate the groundbreaking African-American CPAs of South Carolina. Learn about Dr. Joseph L. “Joe” Boyd (CPA certificate No. 572) as he describes his journey from a University of South Carolina accounting graduate in 1969 to becoming the Business School Dean of Texas Southern University.
  • The fourth quarter issue of South Carolina CPA Report has been mailed and delivered. It features plenty of photos from Fall Fest and October Month of Service, and compelling stories on digital marketing metrics for CPAs by Chris Hervochon, CPA, strategies about pricing by Steven K. Howell, CPA, client loyalty by William H. Brady, CPA, establishing a sponsorship program to inspire younger leaders in your firm by Melisa Galasso, CPA. You can find a sneak peak of the issue here.
  • 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

  • Central Chapter members, mark your calendars for two social events on the horizon: On Thursday, March 19, join us for a “March Mania After Hours Tax Break” at Main Course (registration is open, free for member and one guest); and then our annual Family Night with the Columbia Fireflies on Wednesday, May 6.
  • Catawba Chapter members took a break from busy season with food, drinks and great conversations at Legal Remedy last Thursday night.
  • SCACPA’s Membership Engagement Committee met in our Cayce office this month. Look for news soon on ways that they are helping to create a fulfilling experience for members who volunteer for Association activities.
  • Chapter leaders, remember to use your Listserv email lists to target members in your area about the great social and networking events going on in November. We are stronger together!
  • 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!

Grow

  • With school back in session, SCACPA is excited to have these Student Events scheduled in the coming weeks. The always-popular Piedmont Chapter Annual Student Night will be Thursday, Feb. 27 at Spare Time Entertainment. Following a panel of CPAs from public accounting and industry, it will be a night of food, networking and bowling!
  • The Growing the Accounting Profession Committee will meet in the SCACPA office in Cayce on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
  • SCACPA is excited to present our Student Interview Guide. While still full of tips and tricks on acing an interview, we wanted to hear from our firms exactly what they are looking for in candidates. Gain a competitive edge and use the Student Interview Guide to help propel you forward in your career.

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