THIS WEEK:

  • 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. If you’re planning to attend this free event that offers hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, please be sure to call your local representative and invite him or her to be there for an enjoyable evening of great conversation.
  • Our annual “Legislator’s Tax Guide” is being printed and then will be ready to distribute at the State House to help our representatives with their unique income tax implications of being a state legislator. In the meantime, here is a list of links websites to help you find additional resources about tax, businesses and South Carolina.
  • SCACPA’s Membership Engagement Committee will be meeting in our Cayce office on Wednesday. Look for news soon on ways that they are helping to create a fulfilling experience for members who volunteer for Association activities.
  • Tax Season officially began on Monday. We know many of you will be on that Busy Season schedule, so look to SCACPA to provide the news and bulletins you need whenever you get a chance to come up for air.
  • SCACPA is proud to announce its newest member benefit: group health insurance for CPA firms. You can visit 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.
    • 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!

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!
  • The SC Department of Revenue has announced its schedule of free Taxpayer Education Workshops for 2020. SCACPA Members can sign up online for in-person and livestream offerings on Sales Tax Workshops and Employer Withholding Tax Workshops, or call for assistance at 803.791.4181.
  • 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 SCDOR seminars or workshops and have questions about your certificate or anything related to your attendance, email TaxpayerEducation@dor.sc.gov or call 803-898-5800.

Communications

  • 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.
  • 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!