June / July 2016

CPA News June/July 2016

In this Issue:

  • Chapter News

  • TSCPA News


CPE Courses

In need of CPE? Join us next week at the Brazos Center and earn up to 16 hours with topics presented by David Holt. Fees for full day attendees including lunch. Mark your calendar and check our website www.bvcpa.org for more details or email amber@bvcpa.org to register.

CSI for CPA’s, Part 3 “What I’ve Learned About Workplace Fraud – 8 Hours

When: Monday, June 27th – 8:30am-4:00pm

Cost: Members: $225.00 Non-Members: $285.00

Governmental Accounting Update – 4 Hours

When: Tuesday, June 28th – 8:30am-12:00pm

Cost: Members: $112.50 Non-Members: $142.50

Non-Profit Accounting Update – 4 Hours

When: Tuesday, June 28th – 12:30pm-4:00pm

Cost: Members: $112.50 Non-Members: $142.50

Where: Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan

Ethics: We had to cancel our annual Ethics class in May 2016 due to lack of attendees. We could possibly reschedule if anyone is interested. Please email amber@bvcpa.org if you are interested in a Summer or Fall Ethics course with Dr. Charles Stanley.

Free CPE: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Texas A&M University

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Rudder Tower

5 hours FREE CPE with Ernie Wright, C(k)P 5th Floor Room 501

Topic: Retirement Plans 401 Joe Routt Blvd

College Station, TX 77483

To register please call 855-755-4015, ext. 110 or email shirley@tpsuniversity.com.

Want to Be on TV?

We’re looking for local CPAs interested in joining Brazos Valley This Morning hosts on KBTX to provide public service announcements to our community. We have this opportunity about once per quarter, and these segments last just a few minutes. If you’re interested or want to learn more, please contact AJ Taylor at aj@tdccpa.com or Amber Bass amber@bvcpa.org.

Chapter Scholarship Winners Announced

The Chapter recently awarded two $1,500 Texas A&M Scholarships and two $1,000 Chapter Member Dependent Scholarships.  This scholarships are awarded to individuals who meet pre-determined criteria and will be attending institutions of higher education.  The Texas A&M Scholarship recipients were Grace Wright and Jessica Ball.  The Chapter Member Dependent Scholarship recipients were Cassidy Crawford (daughter of member John Crawford) and Darcey Rydl (daughter of member Darwin Rydl).  In addition to receiving the aforementioned scholarship funding, these individuals also receive free student Chapter membership.

Please consider a donation to support the Chapter’s scholarship fund. This donation can be added to your annual dues with your TSCPA member renewal, or visit TSCPA’s website at www.tscpa.org and click on “Add Donation” after logging in. Thank you for your support.

Recognition and Congratulations

Glen Brewer, a member of our chapter, will reach the level of TSCPA membership for 50 continuous years as of May 2016.

Wade Seidel, Durwood Thompson Jr., Ronald Spies, and John Holland have reached 40 years of consecutive membership with TSCPA.

New board members for 2016-2017

Amy Restivo – President

Jennifer Mabe – President-elect

Lauren Chapman – Secretary

Tara Blasor – Treasurer

Bill Wantuck – Business & Industry

Nicole Carlton – Career Awareness

Justin Reeves – CPE Chair

Brian Kapchinskie – Membership

Joshua Shields – Newsletter

AJ Taylor – Public Relations

James Larkin – Past President

Amber Bass – Executive Director

Thank you for your service and please let them know if you have any needs or suggestions. We are here for you!


Continue Enjoying Member Discounts and Services

Be sure you don’t miss a day of the discounts and services available to TSCPA members! Annual dues are payable now. If you haven’t yet responded to the dues notice sent in April, please do so right away. If you did not receive an invoice, please contact member services. (Email membership@tscpa.net; phone 800-428-0272 option 1, or 972-687-8560 option 1.)

Financial Literacy

Between tornadoes and hurricanes (and sometimes both), all parts of Texas are vulnerable to storm damage. Put your financial disaster plan in place before it’s time to batten down the hatch. Follow the links below for more information.

Disaster Preparedness Tools from AICPA:


A Survival Plan for Important Papers:


How to Recover When Disaster Strikes:


AICPA Member Ballot on AICPA-CIMA Proposal

AICPA is conducting a member ballot on the proposal with The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to create a new association representing the entire accounting profession, while preserving the AICPA and CIMA membership bodies. In April, regular voting members of the AICPA received their electronic ballots from the third-party administrator, under the name “AICPA Independent Tabulator.” Members will have until 5 p.m. ET, June 16, to vote. CIMA members will be voting along a similar timeline.

More information on the AICPA-CIMA Proposal:


Joint Venture Evolution Fact Sheet and FAQs:


TSCPA Leadership Nominations for Year 2017-2018

The Nominations Committee needs input for key leadership positions. TSCPA members can submit suggestions for next year’s Executive Board, directors-at-large (Board of Directors), Nominations Committee, and Texas members for the American Institute of CPAs Council. The deadline for sending nominations is Aug. 1.

Online Nomination Form: https://secure.tscpa.org/executive/nominations/201718.asp

(requires member log-in)

The form is also available in the July/August issue of Today’s CPA magazine.

Accounting Career Education (ACE)

TSCPA would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped out with TSCPA’s Accounting Careers Education (ACE) program for the 2015-16 year. ACE volunteer members donated their time to travel to schools across the state and deliver presentations to students, host workshops and seminars for teachers and counselors, and provide speakers to university and college business and accounting programs. Thank you again for volunteering and promoting TSCPA and the CPA profession.

It’s never too early to start preparing our ACE program for 2016-2017. School solicitations will begin in the fall.

For more information about the program, contact Kari Owen (phone 800-428-0272 x 688 / 972-687-8688)

Email Kari Owen

Student Membership

Do you know student members who are looking for more cash? TSCPA plans to hold a random drawing in the autumn for four $250 tuition/book reimbursements (provided courtesy of the Accounting Education Foundation of TSCPA). To be eligible, a student member majoring in accounting must renew or join by Sept. 30 to be entered in the drawing. For more details, contact Catherine Raffetto (phone 800-428-0272 x 216 / 972-687-8516).
Email Catherine Raffetto.

Your Secret is Safe

I think I have a problem, but I’m afraid to talk about it. I don’t want people to see me as weak and unable to control my drinking, even though I had a scare last week when I drove home and don’t remember how I got there. Is there someone I can talk to without the world knowing about it?”

Your secret is safe with us. The Accountants Confidential Assistance Network offers assistance. Call us at 866-766