THIS WEEK:

  • DUES RENEWAL is in full swing for our 2020-21 membership year! Your membership elevates SCACPA’s ability to vocalize your needs and protect your interests through our legislative efforts in times of change. Thank you for fortifying 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. We look forward to your reaffirmation of your commitment to the CPA credential.
  • We’ve emailed our 2020 Membership Survey to our members and already have nearly 500 responses from members and non-members. Your incredible support helps us to develop the best ways to get you the information you need as quickly and easily as possible. If you haven’t seen this email in your inbox, first check your spam folders for this and other SCACPA outreach messages, or contact communications@scacpa.org or call 803.791.4181. The deadline for survey responses is June 10, and when you complete the survey you can elect to be entered into a drawing to win one of three a $100 Visa gift cards.
  • Look for SCACPA to continue to pivot and innovate to meet the needs of our members. More than 200 of you registered for the full two-day, two tracks of learning Virtual Spring Splash, and that number goes past 400 when we count how many of you attended individual sessions. To deliver a side-by-side Tax track and A&A track required us for the first time in SCACPA history to deliver content on simultaneous classrooms, and we adjusted on the fly and made the experience work for everyone. Take a look at feedback from attendees and presenters of this CPE success story.
  • Virtual Spring Splash was just the beginning! Throughout May and June, we are featuring 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 thanks you for your dedication to the profession and support of the Association now more than ever. Stay informed with SCACPA Happenings, especially as we start planning for our mix of in-person and livestream sessions for November’s Fall Fest 2020 in Columbia!

Advocate

  • The General Assembly was back in Columbia this month to pass 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 that 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 2,600 views on YouTube. Continue to post your comments and follow-up questions on SCACPA Connect, and we will work to get you answers.

Educate

  • Upcoming Livestream Alert: SBA Form 3508 and PPP Loan Forgiveness. Join us for the latest in SCACPA just-in-time COVID-related CPE. Learn safe harbors and exposure to losses for your clients. Interpreting SBA guidance on this issue is a bit like playing dodgeball while not getting lost in a maze. The object of the game is to escape without taking a hit — because a hit could cost the benefit of loan forgiveness, on Wed., June 10, 8:30-10:10 a.m. Register now for LITX45.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • SCACPA’s Annual Member Meeting was held via livestream on Monday, May 18. Thank you to all members who attended and participated. Attendees voted on the new slate of board members and officers, reviewed the Association’s annual budget and heard reports on SCACPA’s activities and more.
  • 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.

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.