THIS WEEK:

  • DUES RENEWAL IS OPEN for our 2020-21 membership year! Your membership fortifies SCACPA’s ability to protect your interests through our legislative efforts and vocalize your needs. We look forward to your reaffirmation of your commitment to the CPA credential and elevating the profession to serve South Carolina individuals and businesses. Also, SCACPA has introduced many new benefits including group health insurance, auto and home insurance, long-term care and pet health insurance. Look for SCACPA to continue to pivot and innovate as needs arise.
  • Last week’s Virtual Spring Splash was just the beginning! Throughout May and June, we will feature an incredible selection of CPE, including our planned in-person Spring Splash tracks of Government, Nonprofit, Ethics and Variety. Go beyond Virtual Spring Splash with these additional livestream selections, as we bring you 43 online courses for 86 hours of learning. SCACPA is committed to delivering livestream CPE to you at your location.
  • If you’ve already used all your 2019-20 CPE Bank, you can start registering for our May and June courses once we renew by tapping your 2020-21 CPE Bank.
  • SCACPA’s Annual Member Meeting is set to be held via livestream (MEABMLI) on Monday, May 18 (noon-1:00 p.m). All members are invited for this free event. Attendees will vote on the new slate of board members and officers, review the Association’s annual budget and hear reports on SCACPA’s activities and more.
  • Be on the lookout for a Membership Survey to be emailed to you very soon. Your incredible support helps us to develop ways to get you the information you need as quickly and easily as possible. SCACPA thanks you for your dedication to the profession and support of the Association now more than ever.

Advocate

  • The General Assembly was back in Columbia last week and passed a Continuing Resolution. Stay informed with our weekly View From the Dome newsletter on what happened as the Sine Die resolution was passed.
  • 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’s online interview with South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Chief Administrative Officer Jamie Suber regarding your questions about online filing has nearly 2,500 views on YouTube. Continue to post your comments and follow-up questions on SCACPA Connect, and we will work to get you answers.
  • 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. Stay tuned to SCACPA communications for updates on our future advocacy activities.

Educate

  • Thank you to all SCACPA members and presenters who helped turn last week’s Virtual Spring Splash into a success! More than 200 of you attended the full two-day, two tracks of learning experience, and that number goes past 400 when we count how many of you have picked individual sessions. In order to deliver both a Tax track and an A&A track required us for the first time in SCACPA history to deliver content on simultaneous classrooms, and – some early hiccups aside – we adjusted on the fly and made the experience work for everyone. SCACPA is dedicated to delivering benefits to you in new ways in our current environment, and we need your feedback on what works best for you.
  • SCACPA is 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’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. It’s a great way to expand the scope of your knowledge. To audit a class, there’s no sign-up or fee involved. Simply pull up the SCACPA livestream player at www.scacpa.org/classroom anytime a course is in session. 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. Registration for livestream is only required to acquire CPE credit.
  • SCACPA’s CPE Committee of 16 met (via online conferencing) to put the finishing touches on the 2020-21 CPE schedule, which will be unveiled as part of our membership dues renewal period starting in May.
  • 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!

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, 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!
  • 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

  • Make the most of the Association’s online open forum community SCACPA Connect. This member benefit allows us to talk to one another and offer support, which we need now more than ever. Read about how to log in and start a conversation All we ask is that everyone abide by some simple rules of SCACPA Connect etiquette.
  • SCACPA is updating your website login information with easier secure access option. To help you better access the SCACPA website and your membership benefits, we updated several features to provide you a more seamless online experience. If you haven’t logged in since April 24, when our website was updated, learn how your login information has been updated. As a bonus, we know that managing usernames and passwords for all your online accounts can be a challenge, so we also developed a secure way for you to log in without a password! If that is your preference, our system will email you a temporary link. Use that link to easily log in to the website and stay logged in for 90 days. This new experience streamlines your ability to register for CPE, participate in SCACPA Connect, renew your membership, and much more.

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 GAP Committee (Growing the Accounting Profession) held a teleconference last week to discuss the challenges college students will face as campuses decide how they will hold classes in the fall. Thank you to all our Campus Champions!

Member Benefit Spotlight

  • Sending a lot more items through the mail? 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.