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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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The silver lining to every tragedy is witnessing communities come together for the common good. This latest global health crisis is no different. We've been blown away by the support members have lent to each other and to the communities they serve.    Many of you are giving back to the community in a number of creative ways, and we'd love to highlight your efforts. I think we could all use some good news stories about now! Please take this brief, four-question poll so we can learn how you are (or planning to) give back during this crisis.   Also, we've put together a list of ways in which you can give back as an individual or as a firm. We will continue ...
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I enjoy Fridays best when I can share good news with you – and today is one of those days! This morning, the DOR released the long-anticipated guidance extending the 4/15 deadline to 7/15 for personal income tax, estate and trust income tax, partnership composite returns and personal income with respect to deemed repatriated income. The guidance also extends the due date Q1 and Q2 estimated payments to 7/15. While the guidance does not extend the 4/15 deadline for C-corps, the DOR is waiving late-file and late-payment penalties (although interests will still accrue). Read the official guidance here .   We're grateful to the Baker Administration, including ...
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NASBA has announced that they will begin continuous testing for CPA Exam candidates starting on July 1, 2020. There will no longer be testing windows and restrictions on when the Exam can be taken. Candidates will be able to sit for the Exam year-round, other than waiting to receive scores from prior attempts of the same section or when there is a major change to the exam. We will make an announcement when this change goes into effect in Massachusetts. To learn more,  click here
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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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