THIS WEEK:

  • 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.
  • In response to the passing of the long-awaited new tax law known as the SECURE Act in December, SCACPA will present a 2-hour class on Thursday, Jan. 16, “SECURE Act – New Legislation” both in-person (SMTX40) at our Cayce office and as a convenient livestream option (LITX40). Every tax professional about to prepare tax returns for 2019 – especially those who deal with estate planning, IRA distribution, and required minimum distributions – needs to understand the SECURE Act. It will impact millions of taxpayers and potentially result in consequential changes to estate plans.
  • The Board of Accountancy will be meeting on Thursday. On the agenda is “Questions from SCACPA Regarding Client Records.” Look to the SCACPA Blog and social media on updates as they occur.
  • 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 SCACPA staff is busy updating your CPE transcripts to give you what you need for license renewal. Thank you for your patience, we know how important it is for you to receive credit for your courses at the end of the year.

Advocate

  • 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 Advocacy is monitoring BOA Proposals in the new State Register for Fees and Regulations for Electronic Records. 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 commends all the LLR staff, Board Members and other volunteers who put in countless hours of work to make these proposals become reality. However, the SCACPA Advocacy Team wants to alert all members of the Association to two areas that we intend to continue to monitor through this process. These areas are 1.) proposed increases to the LLR Fees Schedule, and 2.) proposed regulations concerning electronic records.
  • 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

  • For members who are taking advantage of our livestream CPE classes and rebroadcasts, please remember that as you access www.scacpa.org/classroom, the preferred browsers are Chrome and Firefox. Microsoft Edge is also an alternative but try to avoid accessing via Internet Explorer. Helpful hint: Jot down the attendance codes throughout your course in case your browser refreshes.
  • SCACPA CPE Cancellation Policies: Member service is the top priority of SCACPA’s CPE Team. We understand that life happens, and things can sometimes change after you enroll for a CPE course. We will work with you to process changes to your registration when at all possible. However, due to contractual obligations, we cannot process enrollment changes if the live event is scheduled to begin within 72 hours. A registrant who does not attend a live event is considered a no-show and forfeits his or her CPE Bank hours and course materials. To avoid being a no-show, please follow the transfer/cancellation guidelines before the program date. No-shows are not entitled to course materials, transfers, CPE Bank Refunds, money on account or refunds at any time. To request a transfer or cancellation, please contact us by phone at 803.791.4181 or email communciations@scacpa.org.
  • 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.
  • With more than 450 attendees, Fall Fest 2019 topped last year’s number to be the biggest event in SCACPA history! Thanks to everyone who supported two days of learning, one amazing Entertainment Night, recipients of incredible door prizes and giveaways, the silent auction bidding, and so much more.
  • 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 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.

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.
  • 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!