A blog for and by a community of professionals
October 27, 2014
By Sally M. Cook
As I sit writing my November blog Oct. 15, I’m awaiting my one final client to get me the last of what we need to hit “send” on their returns. I hope your Oct. 15 deadline was peacefully uneventful, and that you have some planned down time before the 2015 tax planning and busy season kicks into gear. Thanksgiving and, dare I say, Christmas will be here before we know it, and here we are still waiting for the cooler weather.
I wanted to give another shout out to our Student Night Committee for coordinating a well-received event. I can’t think of a better way to encourage our up-and-coming business students.
By the time you read this, we will have already had our MAP Annual Mixer as well as our Annual Golf Tournament. I had hoped to run into some of you out on the golf course this year but, alas, due to an over-zealous opponent in our recreational indoor soccer league, I’m sporting a flashy purple cast on my left wrist. I’m also left still in awe that someone can kick a soccer ball so hard as to break another individual’s wrist! At any rate: no golf for me. Hopefully, I will see some of you at the registration table.
Please keep an eye out for some of our other up-coming events:
- New-Licensee Reception: Nov. 19, 5-7 p.m. at the Daily Grill
- Community Food Bank: Nov. 8
- CalCPA Blood Drive: Jan. 5–11
Take care of you and catch you next month!
By Brian Repucci, chair, chapter Litigation Group
Our chapter has had limited activity as it relates to this committee, which is something I would like to change. I’m trying to figure out what you, as a member working in the litigation arena, would like our local chapter to offer. I welcome any ideas or comments you may have as we work toward putting something together. Feel free to send me an email.
Help spread the word about CalCPA and the CPA profession—applications are being accepted for the CalCPA Campus Ambassador Program. Campus Ambassadors are students passionate about pursuing a career in accounting and becoming CPAs and will spend approximately 20 hours of work per semester focused on:
- Building awareness of FREE CalCPA student membership and benefits to students and educators;
- Increasing visibility of CalCPA on campus; and
- Strengthening ties between local CalCPA chapters and colleges/universities.
Campus Ambassadors will receive a stipend of $750 each semester and free admittance to CalCPA chapter events.
Eligibility requirements and application are available online.
California CPAs are the driving force behind one of the world’s largest economies. Isn’t it time you put your leadership skills to use for the betterment of the CPA profession?
The CalCPA Council/AICPA Council 2015-16 application period is open, as is the application period for CalCPA Education Foundation trustees.
More information, including position descriptions, nomination criteria and nomination form can be found online.
Both CalCPA officer and Foundation trustees nominations are due Dec. 1.
The Professional Issues Update roadshow will foster a greater sense of information sharing among CPAs in your area—with a group of experts coming to your chapter, providing a customized update based on geographic, industry and professional trends.
CPA professionals, including CalCPA leadership, will cover tax issues, legislative and political activities, trends related to risks and liabilities for CPAs and a review of the Affordable Healthcare Act’s impact on employers and employees. Additional topics are also being identified.
Register for your chapter’s update.
CPA Day at the Capitol is one of the most important events for CalCPA members to attend. During each legislative session, bills are introduced that impact you, your clients or your employer. As the business climate continues to change and new legislators take office, we need to build bipartisan relationships with those who share our commitment to the CPA profession. Take a proactive approach to increasing your voice in the political arena and help policymakers understand the issues facing California CPAs.
Register today at www.calcpa.org/cpaday.