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I hope you've heard the good news announced today that an agreement was reached between the Baker Administration and the Legislature to extend the April 15 filing deadline to July 15, 2020 .   Thank you for taking the time to voice your concerns to your state legislators. Without your advocacy, this would not have happened. Thank you also to those of you who have reached out and thanked your legislators. That really helps!   This also would not have happened without the tireless work of the MSCPA team. I want to thank Zach Donah, senior director of advocacy, Larry Liuzzo, government affairs manager and Elizabeth Emanuelson, senior director of communications. ...
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Here at the MSCPA, we are aware that your experience as either a student or an educator has changed abruptly and drastically in recent weeks while facing unprecedented uncertainty. We hope you've had a smooth transition moving to a virtual classroom. Please be assured that we remain committed to you during this time. We are monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and will update you with information that is relevant to you. The MSCPA is paying close attention to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please visit our Coronavirus Resource Center for FAQs, upcoming webinars, professional resources and more. This page will be frequently updated to ensure ...
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Earlier today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the tax filing deadline will be extended to July 15, 2020. This provides much needed relief to both taxpayers and practitioners across the country who are facing an unprecedented set of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all of you who answered our call to action yesterday and contacted the U.S. Treasury Department with your rightful concerns. We are also grateful that Congressman Richard Neal , Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, heard our calls and contacted Secretary Mnuchin to formally request an extension.    We have since been in contact ...
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The MSCPA is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and we're paying close attention to how it impacts our staff, members and the businesses in which they work and serve. Your health and safety continue to be of utmost importance to us, and we remain committed helping you navigate this time of uncertainty, while continuing to provide you with opportunities to learn and earn CPE.    Due to Governor Baker issuing a State of Emergency in Massachusetts, all in-person MSCPA events and programs will be cancelled until April 15, 2020. All broadcast, webinars and virtual meetings will continue as scheduled. Fortunately, many of our events allow registrants ...
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The concern around the coronavirus is growing - especially after a diagnosed case in Massachusetts. Even though it's busy season, CPAs must think about how they will respond to concerns from employees, clients and customers. For some, it may mean expanding work from home options or hosting virtual meetings with clients or stakeholders rather than face-to-face interactions. In addition to preparing your own workplace, CPAs must also be advised on how to help clients prepare their businesses for a possible pandemic.  The MSCPA is monitoring developments and has launched the Coronavirus Resource Center for CPAs , which provides information and resource links, ...
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2020 MSCPA Connect

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I know many of you are working through your busiest time of the year, but here is something all our members can look forward to this spring! We've revamped our annual meeting this year – complete with a new name and a cool vibe that emphasizes the networking and fun that happens at this event. We're excited to see you at MSCPA Connect on May 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the incredible WGBH in Brighton !   This "Party on the Pike" is the place to be to connect with hundreds of CPAs and accounting professionals from across the state as you enjoy an evening of networking, food and cocktails! We'll kick off our new membership year by welcoming our new Board of ...
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I spoke to over 50 students today from Suffolk University and Bentley University about how the accounting profession has changed, and what they can do now to best prepare to succeed in our industry. This amazing group of young people are part of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), an international honor society for students in accounting, finance and information systems programs. They are talented, motivated and hungry to become the next generation of leaders, and they were eager to learn about how a career in accounting exceeds far beyond the numbers; it's a business of people, technology and solving problems. It was a wonderful, invigorating day, and I am leaving filled ...
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I hope all our members in public accounting are having a smooth busy season so far! We all know CPAs are best equipped to handle any tax-related challenge, but did you know the MSCPA runs advertisements during tax season to promote the value of using a CPA? You can check them out here . As a reminder, members can access all resources of our tax season ad campaign and use them for your firm's own marketing efforts. To view and share our campaign resources, click here . If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Emanuelson at eemanuelson@mscpaonline.org .   Our friends in New Jersey also put together this fun video of CPAs explaining ...
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Protecting the CPA License

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In our winter edition of the Capitol Account , we touched on a growing threat to the CPA license – proposed legislation that deregulates occupational licenses. These bills are promoted under the guise of championing social and financial equity while eliminating industry-specific barriers to entry and are propped up by well-funded organizations with missions to diminish the rigorous standards of the CPA license and those of other learned professions. For more information, read this article in Accounting Today .  While the proponents may offer a compelling story that licensing requirements are a financial burden for some, these bills don't consider ...
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With technology rapidly changing how CPAs work and the services they provide, it's imperative for colleges and universities to adapt their curriculum to these changes so they can best prepare future CPAs to enter and succeed in the accounting profession.    Today, over 55 leaders in academia, accounting faculty, career services and members of college advisory boards convened at Bentley University for our Educators Conference: Perspectives on a Changing Profession. This bi-annual event fostered important conversations on the technologies disrupting our industry and how those changes affect the skills future CPAs will need to have. We heard from: AICPA ...
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"A lot of managing partners think they have this covered. Trust me...they don't." This is a comment received after our first session last week in our Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) series for firm leaders. This program, in partnership with the AICPA and Bentley University's Center for Women and Business, is the Society's response to what we hear from firm leaders all the time. They believe in the business case for diversity and are committed to making changes, but they lack practical skills for making real change in their organization that will create a truly diverse and inclusive workplace. This first session focused on unconscious bias and understanding ...
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With winter and busy season upon us, the MSCPA is excited to bring back our popular Fitness Challenge to help you stay healthy and active over the next few months. Sponsored by  Integrated Partners , this friendly competition is a great way for your office to come together as a team to out-step other challengers!     The fourth annual Fitness Challenge  will begin at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.  Steps will be tracked using the Challenge Runner app or by manually inputting them via  ChallengeRunner.com . To sign up and to join/create your team,  click here .    Team totals will be calculated by ...
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I am writing to you today from Newport Beach, California, where I have been this week attending our annual midwinter meeting with the CEOs of other state societies throughout the country. Naturally, the highlight of the meeting was a candid conversation with Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, president and CEO of the AICPA and CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, who heavily focused on CPA evolution, sharing how we can continue to retain top talent while providing them with the essential skills they need to adapt to the rapidly changing profession. He also discussed why we must focus on the future of assurance and stressed the ...
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Happy New Year! I hope your 2020 is off to a wonderful start. For many members in public accounting, the beginning of a new year is a sign that busy season is just around the corner, and I want to remind you that we are here to help. On January 16, we will host our State Tax Conference that will cover tax reform, tax policy changes, developments in the cannabis business, gifting tax and the qualified business income deduction, audit compliance and much more. You'll also hear from leaders at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) on the latest administration initiatives, news from rulings and regulations and a briefing from the taxpayer advocate. ...
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The accounting profession is experiencing tremendous changes in technology, client expectations, staffing needs and in well, pretty much everything. We find that change is impacting our members in so many ways depending on firm or company size, strategy, services, etc. At the MSCPA, we want to make sure that we keep pace with these changes, so we can evolve with you and provide you with the tools and skills you need to successfully navigate this new landscape.    To achieve this, we seek guidance from our board. Earlier this week, we had a board retreat to talk about where we are and where we are going. Much of the discussion centered on how we can be more ...
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Thank you to the 800+ of you who attended Federal Tax Camp this week! We've heard wonderful feedback from you about this conference, and I hope the information from our tax guru Sue Smith, CPA will help you have a smooth busy season! At the Society, Tax Camp signifies that the end of the year is fast approaching. Many of us look at the New Year as a fresh start. One of my goals in 2020 is to do more to help you learn and network in your career. Coming together with your peers to share ideas, challenges and resources is one of the most valuable aspects of membership, and that's why I'm so excited for our Firm Administrator/Operations Manager Luncheon on January ...
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Like so many of you, giving back is at the core of our beliefs and values at the Society. We know there are a lot of demands on your generosity this time of year, but they say charity begins at home and there are loads of amazing young people who need your help in realizing their dreams of becoming a CPA ( you can read some of their stories here ). That's why I'm asking for you to consider giving back to your profession with a donation to the MSCPA's Educational Foundation Scholarship Program .   Thank you to everyone who donated on #GivingTuesday – it was our best year yet! Even though the day is over, you can still donate to the Scholarship Program through ...
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Greetings from Foxwoods! I'm writing to you from our annual New England Practice Management (MAP) Conference and have spent the last three days networking with 160 firm leaders and learning from experts in the accounting industry. Conversations have centered on the latest trends transforming how firms operate and what we should do now to adapt to the sweeping changes affecting our industry. This conference was developed by the MSCPA's Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Committee, and I'd like to thank them, our sponsors and Society staff for not only making the conference possible, but for making it a roaring success! To learn more about the MAP Committee, ...
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The Society is always looking for opportunities to help our members succeed. One of the ways we do that is by increasing your exposure to potential clients. Our Find a CPA Directory is a popular search engine for individuals and businesses looking for a CPA firm in Massachusetts. There were over 8,000 visits to the Directory in the last year, and the MSCPA actively promotes the Directory through advertisements targeting the general public and Massachusetts businesses throughout the year.  Sign up today and grow your client list before busy season! Firms that join the Directory will be listed through December 31, 2020, and those in our Firm Sponsored Membership ...
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