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With technology advancements and the COVID-19 pandemic, the way CPA firms are operating today – and will work in the future – is changing at a rapid pace. For firm leaders, it can be hard to keep up with everything you need to do, and this is especially true at small firms. I’m happy to share some ways that we can help! Our new Small Firms Speaker Series will launch in August and features top thought leaders who will cover important topics firms need to know to succeed in today’s climate, including HR, strategy, cybersecurity, pricing and technology. We understand how busy you are, so we’ve divided the series into five separate sessions – you can attend ...
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Congratulations to our public accounting members on finishing a long, unusual and stressful tax season! I hope you can enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation. While many of you were heads down, the Society has been hard at work advocating on your behalf. I’m excited to update you on a couple of initiatives we have been working on these last few weeks. As you know, Massachusetts faces a $6 billion budget shortfall spanning fiscal years 2020 to 2022 with no promise of federal funding to help close that gap. Leading a coalition of business community partners, the Society compiled a list of business tax principles that encourages legislators to ensure any ...
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For many of us, the challenge of working from home during the pandemic isn’t technology; it’s dealing with all our new co-workers – many of whom need to be homeschooled, fed, entertained and prevented from destroying the house. This adds new difficulties and stress, but the MSCPA has your back as we navigate this new frontier. We are launching a new series of one-hour, virtual roundtable discussions called CPAS: Caregiver Parent Alliance Support Group , giving a safe place for members to connect with fellow caregivers and parents as we begin to think about what the fall will look like balancing the demands of home and work.    Our first meetings are scheduled ...
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Earlier this week, we sent you an email announcing that, after careful consideration, all in-person events will be shifted to digital experiences through the end of 2020. While this was a difficult decision to make, your safety is our top priority, and we feel this is in the best interest of our members, customers, sponsors and staff. That said, we are committed to providing you with quality content and access to top thought leaders in the industry, and our team is working hard to make each event interactive and engaging. Here's a preview of what we have planned for you (click on the link to register for details): Emerging Leaders Virtual Event I August ...
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As we close out the month of June, I wanted to take a moment to remind you of two important deadlines. First and foremost, if 2020 is your reporting year, please know that the deadline for CPE requirements and to renew your license is now September 30. The MSCPA successfully advocated for this extension on your behalf, and we've expanded our library of CPE offerings to help you fulfill your requirements.  It's important to note, however, that you do not need to wait until September 30 to renew your license. When you're ready to renew, just upload your record to the Board of Public Accountancy, and credits earned after that time will count towards your 2022 ...
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If you are a firm leader, firm admin, COO, CFO, controller or have another role in which you are making decisions about HR issues – especially in these complicated times – then we have a great new benefit for you! Launching today, the MSCPA HR Hotline will give members in charge of making HR decisions access to a 30-minute consultation with a seasoned HR professional . The consultation is free to members and 100% confidential.   Our consulting team will be led by Laurie LaBrie, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, president of Integrated Human Resources, Inc. Laurie is one of our most popular speakers, and many of you know her from our Management of an Accounting Practice ...
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In recent months, I've found that focusing on the positives can help tremendously in getting through challenging times. So, I'm thrilled to announce that, thanks to the generosity of our firms, organizations and members, the MSCPA Educational Foundation is awarding a record $146,500 in scholarships to accounting students throughout the Commonwealth this year! To see the full list of recipients, click here .   These scholarships will help students pursue accounting degrees, which will ultimately fuel our profession with qualified and diverse candidates. Several winners created videos to express their gratitude to their donors; please click here or on the ...
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During this 30-minute webinar, you will learn about life as a CPA, including information on various career opportunities, earning potential, skills necessary to succeed, the impact of emerging technologies on the profession and more! Additionally, we have provided information on offerings from the MSCPA to help you achieve your career goals. To listen to the webinar, click here
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Like so many in our community, I have been deeply affected by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the ongoing protests in our country. The MSCPA represents more than 11,000 members from countless races, cultures, creeds, and ethnicities. The Society denounces all forms of racism and remains committed to a mission that embraces diversity, equality, inclusion and anti-racist practices. Racial injustices, including racist statements, are never condoned or excused, and they have no place in our organization or society. Incidents and injustices like the killing of George Floyd are jarring and heartbreaking, and, unfortunately, happen all too often when ...
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Learn about careers in accounting and the importance of the CPA designation, as well as how technology is revolutionizing the accounting industry today, and what as a student you can expect in years to come. Speakers: Erica DeBiase, director of academic & career development, Amy Pitter, president & CEO of the MSCPA. To listen to the webinar, click here
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I was thrilled to attend the AICPA's Virtual Spring Council Meeting last week. This meeting was particularly interesting as much of the conversation centered on how the profession is adapting due to COVID-19, and what the future of accounting may look like in a post-pandemic world. AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA presented some incredible insight that he's gathered from speaking with industry and business thought leaders and firms across the nation, and I'm excited to share his knowledge with you.  The MSCPA is welcoming Barry for a special, one-hour webinar on Reimagining Accounting in Extraordinary Times on June 16 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m ...
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2020-21 Board of Directors

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This was a big week! The Board of Public Accountancy voted last week to extend the June 30 deadline for even-year license renewals and CPE requirements to September 30, 2020, and to extend the firm affidavit deadline to November 2, 2020. To read the official notice from the Board of Public Accountancy, click here . We are grateful to the Board members and the Division of Professional Licensure staff for their efforts and for working with us to provide much needed relief to our members during this time.   On the Society front, I'd like to thank everyone who voted to approve the 2020-21 Board officers and first-year directors! For more information about this ...
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On May 13, students learned about their next step in their academic journey during our "Your Next Step" live webinar! They learned what to expect in a career as a CPA and how to navigate their path to set themselves up for success. Attendees also heard three unique perspectives from CPAs, young professionals and PwC human resource representatives, and participated in a live Q&A at the conclusion of the webinar. To listen to the webinar, click here
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You know why I love my job? Because I work with the best people in the world. I have seen firms and companies of all sizes step up to provide scholarships for aspiring accountants – this year, thanks to your generosity, we will award $146,500 to some amazing future CPAs. I have seen members step up on the CPA Day of Service to give back to communities through Cradles to Crayons, the Baypath Humane Society, the Forest Park Zoo, Cardz for Kidz and several other organizations. I've also seen folks volunteer as speakers, as mentors, providing internships and externships and so much more. This year, during what is probably the most challenging time many of us can ...
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COVID-19 High School Educators Resources & Information High School Counselor Connect recently conducted a national survey in response to COVID-19, to better understand how institutions of higher education can serve high school counselors’ needs during this challenging time. Over 2,600 counselors responded with their most pressing concerns, as well as their advice for colleges and universities.  LEARN MORE High School Counselor Week: Weekly stories, facts, trends and other information from around the country. LEARN MORE Massachusetts Department of Education: COVD-19 Information and Resources LEARN MORE   ...
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This is a very different start to our membership year. We know many of you are still heads down with an extended filing season and helping your companies or clients deal with the CARES Act to stay alive - and perhaps even thrive - during this difficult time. Given these added pressures, more of you are participating in our virtual learning and networking opportunities, and we're hearing that they're a valuable way for members to stay connected and up-to-date on the top issues facing accountants in the Commonwealth.   With information changing by the minute, our committees are a great way for members to interact and stay informed on the latest developments. ...
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Normally I would be using this space to remind you of our wonderful Annual Meeting and Networking Reception, but sadly, that will have to wait. However, we do still have the business of the Annual Meeting to attend to, so this year, the MSCPA will hold its first ever electronic vote to ratify the 2020-2021 Board of Directors officers and the new class of directors. Please take a moment to learn about the slate of nominees here . We ask that you take this brief survey before May 18 to cast your vote to approve these nominees. You will also receive an email from us on Monday with a link to this survey, so be on the lookout for that next week. In other virtual ...
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Many of you are receiving notices from the Board of Public Accountancy about a June 30 license renewal, which is confusing because the Board voted last month to extend the renewal deadline. Let me explain what's happening and what we're doing about it: During their March meeting, the Board voted to extend the June 30 license renewal and CPE requirement deadlines by 90 days, after the end of the State of Emergency. Since then, there has been an Executive Order stating that only licenses that expire during the State of Emergency will be granted an extension.   The Board's interpretation is that the Executive Order nullified the vote and therefore, there is ...
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Click on the image above or here for an update on the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and what’s happening at the Society. To learn more, head to mscpaonline.org/corona
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Webinars & Trainings Title: Moving Your Managerial Accounting Course Online Cost: Free REGISTER Title: Transformation in a Time of Crisis: Changing Course Venues in Midstream Cost: Free LISTEN Faculty Training: Best Practices for Effective Online Instruction Cost: Free through June 30, 2020 REGISTER  Articles & Blog Posts Coping with Coronavirus: How Faculty Members Can Support Students in Traumatic Times | VIEW Free Resources and Guidance for Those New to Virtual Learning | VIEW Moving Online Now: How to Keep Teaching during Coronavirus | VIEW Moving to Digital Learning ...
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