THIS WEEK:

  • 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 busy season in our midst, it’s time to stock up on office supplies. Take advantage of the SCACPA Member benefit where you can save up to 75% on over 96,000 products when you shop at any Office Depot/OfficeMax location or online at http://officediscounts.org/scacpa.
  • With school back in session, SCACPA is excited to have these Student Events scheduled in the coming weeks.
    • SCACPA will once again be on hand for the Sumter Scholarship Fair on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Sumter High as we promote the profession to students.
    • USC Student Day is Thursday, Feb. 20, and SCACPA COO/CFO Jacque Curtin will be on 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.
    • 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 fourth quarter issue of South Carolina CPA Report has been printed, look for it in your mailbox in the next few days! We’ve got 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, and 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.
  • Central Chapter members, mark your calendars for the annual Meet Your Legislators Night reception at the Blue Marlin on Thursday, Feb. 6, where we discuss tax and other issues with decision-makers in a relaxed setting.

Advocate

  • The SCACPA Advocacy Team attended this month’s Board of Accountancy meeting as the Association was on the agenda to discuss “Questions from SCACPA Regarding Client Records.” SCACPA Advocacy has been monitoring BOA Proposals in the new State Register for Fees and Regulations for Electronic Records. Following testimony from SCACPA Board Member David K. Knoble, CPA, the BOA came out of executive session with a decision to set up a meeting in the near future with its regulation task force and SCACPA Advocacy Team representatives to discuss further adjustments to regulation 1-10-C, after which there will be a new recommendation to the Board. Look for further news about regulations regarding client records on the SCACPA Blog and our social media. SCACPA commends all the LLR staff, Board Members and other volunteers who put in countless hours of work to make these proposals become reality. The Legislative Council of The South Carolina General Assembly published the latest updates to The South Carolina State Register ( 43, Issue 10) on Oct. 25.
  • 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?
  • Thanks to all who reached out to their communities for October Month of Service. We are blown away by the creativity in your testimonials from your events. There’s going to be a lot of competition for this year’s Community Connected Engagement Award. Thank you to all those who supported local Chapter service projects, it’s not too late to let us know what projects you conducting on your own so we can share it on social media! Just email us at communications@scacpa.org.

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!
  • For members who are taking advantage of our livestream CPE classes and rebroadcasts, please remember that as you access www.scacpa.org/classroom, the preferred browsers are Chrome and Firefox. Microsoft Edge is also an alternative but try to avoid accessing via Internet Explorer. Helpful hint: Jot down the attendance codes throughout your course in case your browser refreshes.
  • SCACPA CPE Cancellation Policies: Member service is the top priority of SCACPA’s CPE Team. We understand that life happens, and things can sometimes change after you enroll for a CPE course. We will work with you to process changes to your registration when at all possible. However, due to contractual obligations, we cannot process enrollment changes if the live event is scheduled to begin within 72 hours. A registrant who does not attend a live event is considered a no-show and forfeits his or her CPE Bank hours and course materials. To avoid being a no-show, please follow the transfer/cancellation guidelines before the program date. No-shows are not entitled to course materials, transfers, CPE Bank Refunds, money on account or refunds at any time. To request a transfer or cancellation, please contact us by phone at 803.791.4181 or email communciations@scacpa.org.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Nearly 90% of existing members renewed their commitment to SCACPA. We’re thrilled to continue to serve you under the All-Inclusive Membership model in the coming year. See what all you helped us accomplish last year in our year in review. Unpaid renewals as of Sept. 30 resulted in termination of membership.

Connect

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Thank you to all the student scholarship winners and their guests who attended the Fall Fest Scholarship Recognition Luncheon. Best of luck with your studies, and here’s to the future of the profession!