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By Bryan Carpenter, The “Craft Beer CPA”
I can’t believe 2017 is almost over. I hope all of our members had a great year and I wish you all the best for 2018!
I like to use December as a month of reflection. It’s a good time to look back on the past year and evaluate the positive and negative aspects, and congratulate yourself on any major goals/milestones you achieved. I personally like to find a secluded spot along Sunset Cliffs overlooking the ocean to ponder these things. I typically have so many things constantly going on around me that I forget how important it is to take a timeout. I also utilize this time to think about the year ahead and what new goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. If this is something that you have never done before, I highly recommend blocking out a half hour where you have no distractions, find a place to relax and allow your mind to wander.
Here’s what our chapter’s been up to since my last President’s Message:
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The 2018-19 Nominations Committee has been formed and will be led by past chapter president David Taklender. If you, or someone you know, is interested in being part of our chapter’s leadership, please contact David. Don’t hesitate! Get involved with your chapter!
Don’t miss of the most popular events of the year. Join us for networking with the top attorneys, bankers and CPAs in San Diego. All net proceeds from this event will benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund for aspiring CPAs and financial professionals. Bring your business cards to expand your professional network and be ready for a great evening!
Date: Thursday, Jan. 11
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: 57 Degrees
Register or learn more
Interested in sponsoring? Contact Program Associate Janessa Stephens.
Please join us again in thanking the sponsors of the San Diego Chapter Holiday Boat Cruise! Their generous contributions of sponsors help in making each chapter event the fantastic events they are!
A huge congratulations to the eight SD Chapter Scholarship recipients: Camille Bueno from National University, Phyllis Dickson from National University, Beth Salinas from SDSU, Morgan Shanley from Cal State San Marcos, Bashar Abduljabbar from National University, Sophie Charles from National University, Valeria Gaeta from Cal State San Marcos, and Larisa Kolyvayko from Cal State San Marcos.
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 cars, play in a band, devote time to nonprofit causes, have taken on physical endurance challenges, surf, DJ 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.
The AICPA’s Tax Advocacy team has prepared a video overview of tax reform post-Senate passage. Along with the video, you’ll also find an FAQs and other resources on the webpage.
A conference committee has convened to address the differences between the House and Senate proposals. Congress and the Trump administration are looking to enact the final tax reform bill before the end of the year, with most of the provisions becoming effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Additionally, the Tax Policy Center has a helpful table that highlights the differences between current law, House and Senate proposals. And a side-by-side comparison of the two proposals can be seen here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
As of Dec. 10, all tax professionals and payers who wish to use e-Services must create an e-Services account using a more rigorous identity proofing process called Secure Access Authentication.
Any e-Services user who has not previously created a Secure Access account through Get Transcript Online, IP PIN tool, View Balance or by exception processing in recent days must validate their identity through this more rigorous process. This also includes all TIN Matching users and users who received Letter 5903 last December and authenticated by telephone.
This new process is not optional on the part of the IRS or its online users. The change is being made to meet federal information system standards.
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