THIS WEEK:

  • Fall Fest 2019 is here! We hope you’re ready for two days of learning, one amazing Entertainment Night, incredible door prizes, giveaways, gift items, silent auction bidding, and we’re on the verge of setting an all-time SCACPA event attendance record. We hope to see you Nov. 14 and 15 at the Columbia Metro Convention Center.
  • For SCACPA members who live in the Columbia area, or if you plan to arrive in the Capital City on Wednesday before Fall Fest, please consider joining the SCACPA Board to welcome the latest wave of CPAs to enter the profession at a 6 p.m. Oath Ceremony, sponsored by the SC Board of Accountancy. Meet the state’s new licensees to attend on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Darla Moore School of Business in W.W. Hootie Johnson Hall (Room 101).
  • If you plan to attend Fall Fest, remember that the deadline to reserve your hotel room at our SCACPA rate has ended. Rooms are sold out at the Hilton Columbia Center, but rooms remain at the Hampton Inn Columbia. Register now!
  • Tax Team classes have arrived in Spartanburg and Greenville this week, with a livestream option for Tuesday’s class. For livestream viewers, 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.
  • Be on the lookout: Information is coming soon about group health insurance for SCACPA Members. You’ll want to be ready to take advantage of coverage in 2020.

Advocate

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Congratulations to Joseph Beck, CPA, (SCACPA Member Since 1998) for being elected to the AICPA’s Peer Review Board at the Fall Meeting of Council in Seattle. He has previously served on the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee.
  • 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?

Educate

  • Get ready for a Wild West theme at the Fall Fest Entertainment Night! We will have casino-style games, a DJ, mechanical bull riding, laser skeet shooting (outside, if the weather cooperates), a photo booth and silent auction. If your wardrobe includes old-timey western clothes, now might be a great time to break that out! Fall Fest giveaways include stress balls in the shape of a bull; a souvenir pen with a bull on top; and our event bags will be clear plastic bags, which you might want to hang on to for other public events that require clear bag policies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • SPRING SPLASH SAVE THE DATE: May 14-15 in Spartanburg. The CPE Committee of 16 is finalizing the sessions schedule and registration will open soon. See you there!

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.
  • The Q3 issue of South Carolina CPA Report magazine has been mailed, we hope you enjoy it! If you have not yet received your issue, contact the SCACPA staff to make sure we have your correct mailing information. Our cover stories celebrates our SCACPA Scholarship Winners. Thanks to our Ed Fund donors, we were able to award $44,500 to 31 deserving students attending 10 colleges across the state.
  • We’re almost ready to mail the November CPE Postcard to get you ready for CPE busy season! It will also contain information about great Chapter social events in your area.
  • 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!
  • SCACPA Connect is our professional networking platform where members can engage and interact with each other. Your SCACPA Connect login credentials are the same as your org login information. You can use SCACPA Connect to ask questions where other members and experts can give answers or advice. With the complexity of the new tax law, we know it is important to create a space where our CPAs can get answers fast – SCACPA Connect allows you to do just that. We answer your questions about Connect here.

Grow

  • Scholarship winners are invited to attend the Scholarship Recognition luncheon at our annual fall conference, Fall Fest! The luncheon will be on Friday, Nov. 15, at Columbia Metro Convention Center. Email communications@scacpa.org and let us know you’re coming (and who’s coming with you!).
  • 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.