THIS WEEK:

  • To raise awareness of precautions to take in the planning of group events amid the spread of Coronavirus, SCACPA wants its members to know that the Greater Washington Society of CPAs is conducting two free webinars this week. Please feel free to share these links with any individuals or organizations, as these webinars are free to all.
  • The Maryland Association of CPAs is sharing its webinar, “Coronavirus: How to Prepare Your Business, Employees and Customers” on March 13, 16 and 20. Click here to learn streaming options.
  • News concerning COVID-19 is changing daily, and SCACPA is reviewing our upcoming CPE calendar for the coming months, especially for Spring Splash in Spartanburg on May 14-15. No matter what decisions are made concerning in-person courses, SCACPA is committed to delivering events to you via livestream to conveniently deliver CPE to you at your location.
  • ‘SCACPA Connect’ is Back and Improved for Tax Season. You might have noticed activity on what will soon be the go-to Association resource, SCACPA Connect. To get in on the action, click here and follow these quick steps.
  • 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, 1624 Main Street (registration is open, free for member and one guest); and then our annual “Family Night Out with the Fireflies” baseball game at Segra Park on Wednesday, May 6 (registration is open for member and one guest or immediate family; however, all attendees, including guests, must register in advance to receive a ticket).
  • Coastal Chapter members, the popular “Lunch and Learn” series of CPE events returns this March! Join us at Sticky Fingers in Mount Pleasant, registration is open for “1031 Exchange on Real Estate” at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 19.

Member Benefit Spotlight

  • 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!
  • 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.

Advocate

  • Central Chapter members, there is a new “Meet Your Legislators” night at the Blue Marlin restaurant on the calendar for Wednesday, May 27. Please RSVP for this free event for sharing conversations with decision-makers in a relaxed environment with hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Thank you for your patience as this event was event was rescheduled due to severe weather events throughout the Midlands in early February. Stay tuned to SCACPA communications for updates on our future advocacy activities.
  • 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 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?
  • 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.

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 is now an IRS-approved provider for our tax CPE classes. Watch for more announcements and updates as we enter the 2020-21 CPE season starting July 1 with the new membership year.
  • 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.
  • SCACPA CEO Chris Jenkins is the host of #TechTuesday, a weekly technology update posted to our YouTube channel. Check out 11 Excel spreadsheet tutorials 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.

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.
  • 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!

Connect

  • Congratulations to Burch, Oxner, Seale Co., CPAs, PA in Florence for winning SCACPA’s annual Community Connected Engagement Award in recognition of their work in assisting Wilson High School’s autism program during SCACPA’s 2019 October Month of Service. Thanks to all our members, chapters and firms who reached out to their communities for October Month of Service.
  • 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!

Grow

  • STUDENT MEMBERS: SCACPA SCHOLARSHIP SEASON IS OPEN. Did you know SCACPA awarded more than $40,000 in student scholarships last year? Awards are intended for juniors, seniors and graduate students, and amounts can range from $500 to $2,500. Apply today!
  • The Growing the Accounting Profession Committee met in the SCACPA office in Cayce last Wednesday and came away with plans to reach out to educators. Stay tuned for details, and please let us know if you’re willing to volunteer with The GAP Committee.
  • Thanks go out to the Piedmont Chapter, which once again pulled off its successful Piedmont Chapter Annual Student Night at Spare Time Entertainment. After listening to a panel of CPAs from public accounting and industry, it was a night of food, networking and bowling fun!
  • 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.