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Friday@Five has arrived!
Dear Hannah,
I recently met with our Small Firms Steering Committee to discuss revitalizing the Committee to better serve our members. One of the ideas that emerged was to survey small firms on tax season operations and issues so they can benchmark best practices. With this resource, small firms can make decisions to create a more successful practice (and hopefully, fewer headaches) during busy season. 

The survey was launched earlier this week and will remain open until January 19. Data will be aggregated, and the results will be distributed to survey participants. To participate in this two-minute survey,
click here. Please note that this survey is intended for firms with fewer than 25 staff, and you must enter your contact information if you wish to receive the results. 

I’m excited to develop this resource for our small firm members, and as always, I welcome your feedback. Aside from the weather, 2018 is off to a wonderful start! 

Have a great weekend!

Amy Pitter
MSCPA President/CEO
Let's Get Steppin'!
Sign up for our second annual MSCPA Fitness Challenge, sponsored this year by IFP/Harbor Strategies Group, to help you stay active this tax season and winter! The challenge will run Monday, February 5 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Gather your coworkers and sign up a team by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 4. Team totals are calculated by average, so teams of any size are welcome (individuals too!). This year, we’ll introduce new award categories based on firm size:
  • Sole Practitioner/Individual;
  • 2-10 Participants;
  • 10 – 50 Participants; and
  • Over 50 Participants.
For more information on the fitness challenge, click here.
The Capitol Account: Winter 2017-18
Advocating for the accounting profession - both in Massachusetts and nationwide - is our priority at the MSCPA. Learn about our recent legislative activities and MSCPA initiatives as they relate to the accounting profession in the latest issue of The Capitol Account
PCPS Busy Season Fun Calendar
Use the PCPS Busy Season Fun calendar for ideas to help your team know that you appreciate their hard work. Add your firm/company logo, decide on the events you want to offer and brighten some days in the coming months. Click here to download the calendar.
What Has the Biggest Impact on Single Audit Quality? 
Find out by watching the archive of Single Audits: New Insights on Factors Driving Single Audit Quality (no CPE is available for watching archived events). The Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC) made the archive of this member-only event available to everyone.
  • 2016 Peer Review study of single audit quality factors; 
  • Common misconceptions and areas of non-conformity identified through Peer Review; and 
  • Steps firm can take to strengthen their single audit quality. 
PCAOB Webinar on Implementing Recent Changes to the Auditor's Report (1/10)
If your firm or its clients are registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), you should attend (and encourage clients to attend) a free webinar at 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 10, on the implementation of recent changes to the auditor's report that became effective for audits of financial statements for fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2017. 

Members & Firms on the Move
  • DGC (DICICCO, GULMAN & COMPANY), Woburn, announced that JOEL ROTHENBERG, CPA, JD, LLM appeared on WCVB Channel 5, the ABC affiliate in Boston and that DON TROY, CPA, CGMA appeared on NECN-TV. For more information, go to:
  • GRAY, GRAY & GRAY, LLP, Canton, announced that JAMES DELEO, MBA, CPA/MST was elected to serve as leading partner.
  • THE GRAY, GRAY & GRAY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, Canton, a nonprofit organization affiliated with GRAY, GRAY & GRAY, LLP, Canton, announced that COLBY DONDERO (tax department), MEAGAN HALL (tax department), CARLY MINSKER (tax department), LAURA POLLIS (marketing department) and ABIGAIL ROSEN (client services department) were elected to its Board of Directors. Leaving the Board at the end of their terms are KAREN ANNE BENOIT, TOM FLANAGAN, MARK KASHGEGIAN, CPA, JUSTIN KLUNDER and KELLY MONESTIME.
  • G.T. REILLY & COMPANY, Milton, announced that JAYME MOORE, CPA, was promoted to accounting and auditing director. The firm also announced that:
    • PETER CATAL, CPA was promoted to in-charge accountant and auditor and ZACHARY PAYNE was promoted to senior tax accountant.
  • NICHOLS COLLEGE, Dudley, announced that ANNA HOWARD, CPA, MBA, CMA was appointed as a new director of the Master of Science in Accounting program.
  • RODMAN CPAs, Waltham, recently held a company-wide food drive for Newton Food Pantry.
Membership Bruins Event (1/17)
Watch the Boston Bruins vs. the Montréal Canadiens. We have a suite reserved so you can network while enjoying the game. The cost for the event includes your ticket, beer and wine and heavy appetizers. You can only register two members per transaction. Tickets are very limited!
State Tax Conference (1/18)
The world of tax and everything that comes with it is always changing. We've lined up an A+ list of speakers and topics for our annual State Tax Conference. Join us on January 18 in Framingham for your one-stop shop for all your state tax questions and answers.

Nonprofit Conference (1/25)
Our annual Nonprofit Conference is back! We're bringing a stellar line up of speakers to Framingham on January 25 to answer all of your questions! This conference will cover everything from internal controls and fraud to GAAP and audit deficiencies.

South Shore Breakfast Forum: Annual State Tax Update (1/25)
On Thursday, January 25, join Jason Goloboy, CPA-Principal at Kevin P. Martin & Associates, for an annual state tax update at the Chateau Restaurant in Braintree! 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: A Guide to the Most Sweeping Tax Reform in Over 30 Years (2/1)
With the passage of the GOP tax bill by Congress on December 20, the long road to tax reform has brought us the largest overhaul to the tax code since 1986. This seminar will get you up to speed on all of the critical aspects of the new law and prepare you to effectively advise both your individual and business clients.
Apply Online for an MSCPA Ed Foundation Scholarship
Need help with the cost of tuition and books? Scholarships are available for undergrad and graduate accounting students who are earning at least nine credits at a Massachusetts college or university. The deadline to apply is February 1.

Financial Assistance for CPA Exam Candidates
We know the CPA Exam is expensive, which is why we've established a lottery to award $500 vouchers to get you on your way. To be eligible, you must be a Massachusetts resident who plans to sit for the Exam between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019. 

Outstanding Accounting Educator Award
Would you like to honor an accounting professor for his/her teaching excellence and success in motivating students? The MSCPA's Outstanding Accounting Educator Award is designed to recognize full-time accounting faculty who are actively involved in the accounting profession and the Society. The nomination deadline is March 1.
We have partnered with The Business Source to offer concise summaries of books you need to read. Each month learn best practices and gain powerful insights from leading-edge thinkers, industry experts and world renowned business gurus. And best of all, we’ve arranged a special price exclusively for MSCPA members – over 70% off the regular price! Watch your email inbox beginning January 9 for details. Click here to see a quick video preview.
Upcoming Committee Meeting
  • Litigation Consulting & Business Valuation (1/8)

Volunteer Requests
  • Audit Committee Member - Massachusetts Association of Realtors
  • Advisor - WeCanTest
  • Board Treasurer - Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center
  • CPA - Friends of the Mendell
  • Set Up and Review of Accountant Practices - Agni Institute
Job Postings
  • Audit Supervisors & Seniors - Katz, Nannis + Solomon, P.C.
  • Estate and Financial Planning Associate - Boston Financial Management, LLC
  • Assistant Controller - Suffolk University
  • Tax Account - Seasonal (Per Diem) - AAFCPAs
  • Tax Accountant - Berkowitz & Associates
  • Tax Manager- ALL CPAs 
  • Tax Senior Associate - ALL CPAs
  • Audit Supervisors & Seniors - Katz, Nannis + Solomon, P.C. 
  • Tax Manager - KLR 
  • Tax AccountantSenior/Supervisor - Adelson & Company PC 
  • U.S. GAAP Staff Accountant - Confidential 
  • General Ledger Staff Accountant - Confidential 
  • Staff Accountant - Tax and General Accounting - Confidential
  • Global Revenue Controller - Mimecast
Per Diem Job Postings
  • Tax Preparer - Corporate and Individual (Tax Season and Beyond)
  • Tax Season Per Diem - O'Brien Riley & Ryan PC
  • Tax Return Preparer/Reviewer - Vaillette & Sipowicz LLC
  • Tax Accountant with 5 + Years - Robert L. Coval CPA
  • Sole Proprietor  - Max Bauer, CPA    
  • Accountant/Tax Preparer - Thomas R. Pope, CPA, PC
  • Individual and Business Tax Return Preparer - Nicholas A. Papakyrikos, CPA, PC
  • Seasonal Tax Professional - Robert S. Fineman, P.C.   
  • CPA/EA - Robert W. Luscinski, CPA LLC
  • Tax Season Per Diem Tax Preparers and Reviewers - Levine Caufield Martin & Goldberg PC
  • Tax Preparer - Siegrist Cree Alessandri and Strauss CPAs PC
  • Creative Solutions Accounting Program
  • Business Entity type
  • Basis on Rental Property Sold in 2017
  • C Corporation Various Questions


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