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President's Message

July 13, 2017

By Martin L. Sniewski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEP Corner


July 1, 2017

Connect with other CalCPA young and emerging professionals and join our chapter’s YEP Committee. All you need to do is update your member profile and you will receive notifications of upcoming YEP events.

We now have a CalCPA YEP – LA Chapter LinkedIn page! Join in the conversation, post and chat with other young professionals and hear about upcoming events.

Please email program associate Tracey Zink or call (818) 546-3554 for any questions.



YEP Committee: Joint Networking Mixer with Ascend, CFALA, NAIFA, YTL, CMA, RMA, IIALA, LAAHU, LAJCC

Thursday, July 27
6-9 p.m.

Enjoy a night on the town and expand your network of colleagues and referral sources.

This is a unique opportunity to network with other young and emerging professionals from our chapter; Ascend, Pan-Asian business leaders; Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA), Los Angeles; the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Los Angeles Chapter; the Los Angeles Young Tax Lawyers (LAYTL), a standing committee of the State Bar of California’s Taxation Section; the Credit Management Association (CMA); the Risk Management Association (RMA); the Institute of Internal Auditors of Los Angeles (IIALA) ; the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters (LAAHU) Vanguard Council; and, the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce (LAJCC).

Registration opens at 6 p.m.
Fees: $20/CalCPA, ASCEND, CFALA, NAIFA, YTL, CMA, RMA, IIALA, LAAHU, LAJCC members; $30/nonmembers.
Add $5 for same day and at door registration.
Includes appetizers and one drink ticket.
Parking: Metered parking and parking garage available on Third Street; valet parking is $5.50 (turn on Third Street from Cienega, follow the valet signs just past the parking garage entrance).
Address: The Phoenix, 8480 W. Third St., Los Angeles
Question? Contact program associate Tracey Zink .

Chapter News


Renew


LA Chapter and The Sean Brock Foundation 5/10K Run/Walk, Sunday, July 23

The Race is On! Make Your Own Team! Run for a Great Cause!

Join CalCPA and the Sean Brock Foundation in a charity run which will include a 5K run and walk, 10K run and a 1K(ish) kids run. You’ll enjoy the scenic water views along Dockweiler State Park while giving back to a worthwhile cause. So, get your teams ready for some friendly competition and help raise scholarships funds!

The Sean Brock Foundation provides resources, educational assistance and scholarship to the families of fallen or wounded service members.  The nonprofit organization is named in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Sean Lee Brock, who put his education on hold in 2004 when he was deployed to Iraq for a second term.

Brock died on Feb. 2, 2005, from injuries sustained in battle.

CalCPA is proud to be a co-host of this event.

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An Evening with Raiders of the Lost Ark at Hollywood Bowl Aug. 5

Get ready for networking with great friends and iconic movie and concert fun!

The film that gave the world one of its most iconic movie heroes, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), is back and better than ever! Don’t miss an incredible evening to relive the magic of this swashbuckling adventure as one of John Williams’ best-loved film scores is performed live, while the thrilling film is shown in HD on the Bowl’s big screen. Come early and join other CalCPA members at the Camrose picnic area (area No. 14, south of Odin parking lot) to network before the show. Bring your own food and drinks. Beer and wine allowed.

Time: 6 p.m./networking & picnic at Camrose area 14; 8 p.m./show
Location: Hollywood Bowl; 2301 N. Highland Ave.; Los Angeles
Cost: $40/members & guests; $50/nonmembers (parking not included)
Seats: located in Section L2. Tickets available until sold out.
Map of the bowl/picnic area

Need more information? Contact program associate Shelly Medina, via email or call (818) 658-3265.

Register or learn more.

 

 


Chapter Scholarships: Thank You

We would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to our LA Chapter Scholarship Fund! The LA Chapter recently awarded $25,000 to Los Angeles area students. Your support goes a long way in shaping the pathway to future CPA careers!

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  • Dina Britten, CPA, CFP
  • Joseph Broyles, CPA, Esq.
    (The Law Offices of Joseph A. Broyles, Inc.)
  • Irving Codron
  • CohnReznick LLP
  • Crowley Legal Strategy
  • California United Bank
  • Scott Donnelly, CPA (PDM)
  • Ani Galyan, CPA, Esq. (MillarLaw)
  • Justin Gugajew, CPA (RGA LLP)
  • Carrie Hidding, CPA (TeamCFO)
  • Gumbiner Savett Inc.
  • Robert Wayne Hay, CPA (Perry Hay LLP)
  • Bill Liang, CPA (Merrill Lynch)
  • James Macklin, CPA
  • Manufacturers Bank
  • Matthew Martin, CPA (PDM LLP)
  • Jon Myers
  • Neil Patel, CPA (Insignia Mortgage)
  • Lewis Sharpstone, CPA (BDO)
  • Martin Sniewski, CPA (Crowe Horwath, LLP)
  • Thompson Coburn, LLP
  • Steven Valdes, CPA
  • Tayiika Dennis, CPA (NSBN LLP)
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Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities

This year the chapter held 11 networking events, which included partnerships with nine professional organizations for a total attendance of more than 1,200. As a sponsor, you will have the unique opportunity to promote yourself and your company to our chapter’s 11,000 members, plus hundreds of other financial professionals who attend our events. This is a great way to start your involvement with the CPA community.

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Summer Networking Mixer

Thursday, Aug. 10
6-9 p.m.

Network with top financial professionals in the industry.

Cost includes includes appetizers and one drink ticket.

Parking: Valet is $4.50 per car. General parking is two hour free validation.

Location: Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey

Questions: Contact program associate Tracey Zink.

Register or learn more.

 

CalCPA News


Sales Tax on Services Legislation Introduced

Tax on services continues to be a topic of discussion in the Legislature. A recently introduced bill, SB 640 (Hertzberg), proposes to enact a sales tax on services—including those provided by CPAs. While the bill does not articulate how such a complex shift in the tax burden would be accomplished, the introduction of this legislation keeps the issue on the radar within the public policy arena—particularly as tax reform conversations heat up.

Similar far-reaching tax on services proposals were introduced in 2015 and 2016 by Sen. Hertzberg, but both bills died in the Legislature when they failed to meet legislative deadlines. These proposal have been characterized as a way to broaden California’s tax base to address a volatile stream of tax revenue. However, the proposal would impose an extremely complex shift in the tax burden to raise billions in new tax revenues.

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Family Law Conference


Behind the License

We know there’s more to your life than the tax forms, deadlines and rules and regulations that you spend time with at the office. And we want to tell your story—or the story of a member you may know.

Our monthly Final Entry feature in California CPA takes a look at the person behind the license. Over the years we’ve featured members who race carsplay in a banddevote time to nonprofit causeshave taken on physical endurance challengessurfDJ and make wine.

So, what’s your story?

If you’d like to participate or want to recommend a colleague, contact managing editor Damien English with details and we’ll set up a short interview.

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Join us at a CPE Weeks destination!
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Aug. 7–11
Register Today!

Oct. 23-27

Nov. 27–Dec. 1
 
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Save the Date

LA Chapter Golf Tournament
Oct. 30, 2017

Info: Contact program associate Melissa Czepaniewski

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Items of Interest

The College of Business Administration and the College of the Extended University are offering an accelerated master of science in accountancy, designed for working professionals who wish to advance their careers, either as a CPA or in another area of accounting.

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LA Estate Planning Committee

 

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Contact Us

Program Associate:
Melissa Czepaniewski
(818) 546-3505

 

Program Associate:
Tracey Zink
(818) 546-3554

 

Program Associate:
Shelly Medina
(818) 658-3265

 

Division Director:
Membership and Strategic Programming
Jill Gorman
(650) 522-3204

330 N. Brand Blvd.; Suite 710
Glendale CA 91203

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