THIS WEEK:

  • Enrollment is open for Fall Fest 2020 on Nov. 12-13! The decision has been made that in the interest of safety we convert this event to Virtual Fall Fest 2020, with two days of Tax and A&A tracks. Go to our Virtual Fall Fest landing page to see all our courses and options. We still want this to be SCACPA’s biggest event of the year, so enroll today!
  • We’ve also got you covered all September and October for the Fall Fest learning tracks of Business and Industry, Government, Nonprofit and Variety. It’s all part of SCACPA’s commitment to keep you informed and up-to-date on your learning even in the midst of work-from-a-distance measures. We are recording our speakers in advance as they deliver the content of all these sessions, and those courses will be offered online with the speaker monitoring discussion on the topic in a timely manner. These courses begin Sept. 22, so check them out and register now!
  • As of Sept. 1, SCACPA has suspended the memberships of individuals who have not renewed their dues. These members no longer can utilize their 40-Hour CPE Bank to enroll in our courses or receive member discounts for classes. To remove the status of “Suspended Member,” dues are subject to a $25 late fee and must be renewed via phone call and not via website. Termination for non-renewed memberships will occur on Oct. 1. Don’t risk an interruption of the benefits and services that help you offer the most for your clients! The SCACPA staff is standing by at 803.791.4181.
  • The SCACPA Communications Team is eager to unveil a new look and format to your weekly Thursday morning Current Assets e-newsletter. You’ll still get the latest Association news that keeps you updated about our events and initiatives. Here’s the best part: Because the news headlines will be generated through artificial intelligence developed by our newsletter partner Rasa.io, the algorithm keeps track of what headlines are attracting your interest when you click. Every week, as the A.I. learns your preferences, it offers you more trending topics from around the state and the profession that match your attention. When the new Current Assets arrives, know that the more you click the more tailored your experience will be!
  • The future of online security and trust for the profession is arriving with the rollout of the domain of .cpa for CPA firm websites. To learn more, you can register now for the free, one-hour informational webinar, “Introducing .cpa: A Restricted Domain Exclusively for the Accounting Profession” (you can earn one complimentary credit CPE) on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.
  • Have you heard about SCACPA’s online discussion portal but don’t know how to get started? It’s easy when you visit our new platform page for SCACPA Connect. Just follow these steps to start growing your professional network today.

Advocate

  • Be on the lookout for social media updates from the SC Board of Accountancy regarding COVID-related modifications to CPE in 2020. SCACPA applauds the Board of Accountancy in understanding the specific needs of South Carolina CPAs.S You can find all their announcements on the BOA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SCAccountancy and also SCACPA’s bulletin on the announcement.
  • The Governmental Affairs Committee met in August and continues its efforts to achieve Federal Tax Conformity while also bracing for required changes spawned by COVID relief packages. We’re maintaining our relationship with regulatory bodies and continue to communicate the impact we see with the Board of Accountancy, SC DOR, and DEW.
  • As we ride out South Carolina’s hurricane season, the South Carolina Department of Revenue is offering “Tax Tips for Emergency Preparedness: Securing Your Tax Records.” In addition, SCACPA is helping you be prepared with our Disaster Readiness page to bring you updates when necessary.
  • SCACPA is the only organization that protects and promotes the CPA profession in the state. SCACPA thanks you for your dedication to the profession and support of the Association now more than ever. We anticipate this will continue to be an active year with local, state and federal legislators, and our benefits of advocacy are waiting for you.

Educate

  • SCACPA is proud to introduce the “Accountable” podcast for CFOs, from David Peters, CPA, MST, who is the Association’s advisor and speaker on B&I topics. In this installment, he interviews Winthrop University associate professor of accounting Toni Berbrick, CPA, as she explains why cybersecurity is a CFO problem.
  • SCACPA has announced a partnership with the Greater Washington (DC) Society of CPAs to bring you livestream CPE. You can register now for the 2020 Government Contracting Virtual Conference (LIAA41) on Sept. 23-24 (11 credit hours) as well as the Nonprofit Symposium (LIAA40) from Dec. 14-16 (24 credit hours).
  • SCACPA is an IRS-approved provider for our tax CPE classes. With your 40-hour CPE Bank for 2020-21, it’s easy to take advantage of learning and knowledge opportunities.
  • Stay tuned to SCACPA social media, our blog and scacpa.org/events as we deliver “just-in-time” learning on breaking news topics. Our CPE planning committee continues to evaluate possibilities while COVID-19 places significant restrictions on live CPE programming. The Committee of 16 is committed to bringing you the highest quality offerings in the most convenient, effective, and safe manner possible. We are still working on building additional courses for “just in time” education. Thank you to all who have renewed your dues and are able to take advantage with your 40-hour CPE Bank. If you have an idea about how we can make your membership more valuable, please let us know.
  • The Federal Tax Update with Lynn Nichols is back! Catch up every week with this video blog from SCACPA’s advisor and speaker on federal tax topics.

Communications

Connect

  • October Month of Service is fast approaching. SCACPA is looking for new ways to help our communities during these times of social distancing. We’re hoping you have innovative ideas on how the SCACPA community can safely and effectively make a difference for those in need. Thank you in advance for your upcoming contributions that will demonstrate that CPAs are trusted neighbors for those in need.
  • We are indebted to everyone who responded to our 2020 Membership Survey. We received a total of 766 responses, with 491 coming from members and 275 from non-members. Take a look at what the survey respondents are telling us about the strengths we have today. Here are some thoughts you told us:
    • The majority of respondents say the investment value is “fair” or “more than fair.” Nearly one-fifth of respondents said they got more value back than what they invested in monetarily with SCACPA membership
    • 80% of respondents said SCACPA membership adds to their professional development
    • Nearly 71% of respondents are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with SCACPA’s level of service

Grow

  • The South Carolina Association of CPAs Educational Fund Trustees are proud to announce it has awarded $64,500 to 43 exceptional students who plan to pursue careers in accounting. The scholarship recipients represent 16 South Carolina colleges and universities. Best of luck to all our hard-working SCACPA Student Members, you are the future of the profession!

Member Benefit Spotlight

  • SCACPA has introduced many new benefits including group health insurance, auto and home insurance, long-term care and pet health insurance. Visit www.scacpa.org/insurance for more details.
  • Have you checked out the COVID-19 tools provided by SCACPA partner Paychex? Their HR white paper eBook “What to Consider as Businesses Re-Open” can help you identify what to plan for, with details about staffing considerations, workplace safety and privacy considerations and supporting employees as they return to work. They also have a breakdown of state-by-state guidance.
  • Maximize your office with SCACPA! 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!