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President's Message

CPAs at the Capitol, Council and Scholarships

March 1, 2015

By Tom Bret

 CalCPA held its 25th annual CPA Day at the Capitol Jan. 21. Once again our government relations team in Sacramento, headed by Bruce Allen and Jason Fox, did a fantastic job of organizing this advocacy effort for the upcoming legislative year. This year there were more than 230 registrants and 215 attendees consisting of CPAs, accounting students and CalCPA staff. Teams, armed with informational packets and blue CalCPA buttons descended on the Capitol offices to hold more than 100 meetings with members of the Legislature or their senior staff.

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Chapter News

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

If you’re looking to give back to the community, here are a few available opportunities:

Tax-Aid prepares tax returns for low-income individuals and families throughout the Bay Area, and offers free services through the pro bono work of hundreds of accountants, lawyers and other professionals. In 2014, volunteers prepared more than 5,075 tax returns resulting in more than $5.9 million in refunds.

There are volunteer opportunities for greeters, computer processors, tax preparers, translators, tax return reviewers and tax experts. Tax-Aid volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Committing to a minimum of three sessions during the tax season.
  • Completing applicable Tax-Aid online training.
  • Working with other people in a positive, respectful and empowering manner.

For more information or to volunteer, go online.

There is especially a critical need for volunteers in Richmond and Oakland. If you are interested in helping, contact Laura Sharples at (510) 393-0474. And you can find other sites online.

Continue reading for more volunteer opportunities with the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation and Junior Achievement.

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Upcoming Student and CPA Candidate Events

Our upcoming spring student and CPA candidate events will provide information on how to navigate the licensure process to become a CPA in California and on how to pass the CPA exam. You won’t want to miss a chance to get the knowledge you need to launch your career as a CPA.

These events will be held live and will be webcast across the state. Webcast attendees will be able to interact and ask questions of their own during the program.

So, You Want to be a CPA?

Sign up for the LIVE EVENT at U.C. Berkeley or the WEBCAST today!

Date: Tuesday, April 7
Location: U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business, Andersen Auditorium
Time: 5 p.m./registration & refreshments; 6—8 p.m./program

So, you want to be a CPA? Get the answers you need all in one place, directly from CalCPA and the California Board of Accountancy!

Learn about the pathway to becoming a CPA from expert resources who will cover topics on:

  • fulfilling the educational requirements
  • the CPA exam
  • applying for first time licensure
  • your first renewal

Hear from both a newly licensed CPA and a successful, seasoned CPA about what being a Certified Public Accountant is really like.

CalCPA News

Star Catcher—CalCPA Service Awards Taking Nominations

The nomination period for CalCPA’s annual service awards is open through March 31. You can download forms to nominate an outstanding member or firm for the:

  • Public Service Award, which is given to a CPA who has been especially active in service to the profession and community.
  • Distinguished Service Award, which is granted either on the basis of long and distinguished service or for some singular act resulting in extraordinary contribution to the profession, CalCPA and/or the community.

The AICPA also recognizes our winners, who automatically become eligible for consideration for the AICPA Public Service Award.

April 24: Women’s Leadership Forum

Whether you’re rising through the ranks or already part of the management team, your leadership skills help you navigate successfully and deliver the excellent results your firm expects. Join with other savvy professional women to learn about your own leadership style, the art of negotiating and influencing, networking, and other practical and useful leadership skills.

Our keynote speaker will be Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of Charles Schwab Foundation, and we’ll announce our 2015 Women to Watch Awards recipients during a special luncheon presentation.

Register today.  You also can following the discussion on Twitter: #CalCPA_Forum