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Dear Hannah,

I recently met Kibrom, an accounting student at UMass Dartmouth and refugee from Eritrea. He’s wanted to be a CPA since he was a child and left his country in 2011 – risking being killed if he was caught crossing the border – just to pursue his dream. Kibrom has a fascinating story (read it here) and he received the MSCPA/NABA Scholarship in April. I’m thrilled we can help him get one step closer to becoming a CPA, but there are many other students like Kibrom who also need our help.
That’s why our goal is to reach $1,000,000 in scholarships for the Educational Foundation by February 1, 2018. Having awarded $894,050 to students since 2006, we are close to achieving this goal, but we need your help. Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation to help students across the Commonwealth continue their accounting education?  
Your support will make a real, lasting impact on both the lives of these students, and the profession.
Please click here to make your donation now.
Thank you for your continued support, and on behalf of the MSCPA, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. We’re thankful for you! 

Amy Pitter
MSCPA President/CEO

Please note: The MSCPA office will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. The next issue of Friday@Five will arrive on Friday, December 1. 
2017 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Honoree: Amy Pitter
CPA Practice Advisor just named MSCPA President and CEO Amy Pitter one of their 2017 Most Powerful Women in Accounting! 
Members & Firms on the Move
  • LAURA GANNON, CPA announced GANNON CPA, LLC as her firm’s new name.  
  • JOHNSON O’CONNOR, Wakefield, announced that:
    • The firm volunteered at the Food Project in Beverly where the employees helped plant and pick produce; and
    • In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, the firm raised over $1,000 for the Hope and Friendship Metastatic Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • KENNETH FREED & COMPANY, Boston, announced that the firm acquired the individual firm of PHILIP R. DARDENO, CPA, MST in September.
  • RODMAN CPAs, Waltham, announced that the firm participated in Maine AppleCycle to raise money for Community Bicycle Center's free afterschool programs for children.
  • SOUTH SHORE BREAKFAST FORUM recently made toy donations for Toys for Tots in lieu of payment.
New England Practice Management Conference (11/29 - 12/1)
Our annual New England Practice Management Conference will be November 29 - December 1 at Mohegan Sun. Our agenda, speakers and topics have been curated to help you propel your practice and rise above your firm's challenges! We're bringing back (by popular demand) Jason Blumer and Jennifer Wilson – you don't want to miss it!

To view the full agenda,
click here.
Trivia Night (1/11/18)
Do you know the capital of Kansas? How about the drummer for The Beatles? Or maybe the quarterback for the Steelers? What Real Housewives city is Dorinda Medley from? Join us for a night of trivia, food and drinks on Thursday, January 11 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at West End Johnnie's in Boston! Assemble a team of up to six coworkers to answer questions about everything from sports to history, and from pop culture to food and drinks! Teams of all sizes are welcome and firms/companies are encouraged to enter more than one team. Don't have a team? No problem, sign up as an individual and we will set you up with some fellow geniuses!
Membership Bruins Event (1/17/18)
Join the MSCPA on Wednesday, January 17 to 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. This is a members-only event. You can only register two members per transaction. Tickets are very limited!

Looking for a Speaker for January 27, 2018
New England Translators Association (NETA) is looking for one speaker to present for about 50 minutes on tax-related issues for freelancers at their monthly meeting on January 27. The speaker should come up with a panel of three or four interpreters/translators, each of whom will explain how they arrange and keep track of their finances (many who work for different agencies and entities and some with direct clients). Each of the panel members would speak for 10-15 minutes. 

For examples on past programs,
click here. For more information on this opportunity, contact Kara Kieran.
Volunteer Requests
  • Board Treasurer - Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center
  • CPA Assistance and Possible Board Member - Cambridge Environmental Literacy Project
  • Friends of the Mendell - CPA
  • Massachusetts Holistic Living, Inc. - Board of Directors
  • Trustee - Radius Ensemble
  • Board Member - CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
  • Cambridge Camping - Board Member

Apply Online for an MSCPA Ed Foundation Scholarship
Need help with the cost of tuition and books? Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 are available for undergrad and graduate accounting students who are earning at least nine credits at a Massachusetts college or university. Students who are residents of Massachusetts and attending an out-of-state college are also eligible. Awards will be presented at a recognition reception on May 23 at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. Hurry, the deadline 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. You must be a current student or have graduated within the last three years. In addition, you will not receive financial assistance from your employer in the form of payments/reimbursements of Exam fees, review courses or a bonus upon passing the Exam.
Job Postings
  • Global Revenue Controller - Mimecast
  • Audit/Tax Supervisor - Sullivan Bille, P.C.
  • Audit Senior Associate - Edelstein & Company LLP
  • Audit Supervisor - Edelstein & Company LLP
  • Tax Manager for Tax Practice - Edelstein & Company LLP
  • Tax Supervisor/Manager for Healthcare Practice - Edelstein & Company LLP
  • Healthcare Consultant for Healthcare Practice - Edelstein & Company LLP
  • Manager, General Accounting - Massachusetts Port Authority/Massport/Logan Airport 
  • Adjunct Faculty - Accounting - Emmanuel College
Per Diem Job Postings
  • Tax Season Per Diem Tax Preparers and Reviewers - Levine Caufield Martin & Goldberg PC
  • Tax Preparer - Siegrist Cree Alessandri and Strauss CPAs PC    
  • Experienced 1040 Tax Preparer for 2018 Tax Season - Bridgwood Benoit & Co PC
  • Tax Preparer - Belanger & Company, PC 
  • Staff Accountant - Douglas R. Leatham, CPA
  • Experienced Tax Preparer - Seaport Financial Partners
  • Tax Reviewer - Seaport Financial Partners
  • Tax Preparer/CPA  - Patrick J. Barrett, CPA P.C. 
  • Tax Per Diem  - Michael J. Raymond CPA
BJ's Membership: Limited Time Offer!
Join or renew you BJ's Perk Rewards Membership for just $75 or BJ's Inner Circle Membership for just $35. By joining or renewing, members can:
  • Receive 25% off grocery store purchases;
  • Save an additional 10 cents/gallon on gas; and
  • Much more!
BJ's will donate $5 for every form collected to the MSCPA Educational Foundation. This offer ends on December 15.
The Boston Bruins
Don't miss any of the action as The Bruins hit the ice this season at TD Garden! Discount tickets are available for select upcoming games including:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29 vs. Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.;
  • Thursday, Dec. 7 vs. Arizona 7:00 p.m.;
  • Thursday, Dec. 14 vs. Washington 7:00 p.m.; and
  • Muchmore!
To purchase discounted tickets, click here and enter promo code 18BEAR240.

The Color Purple (11/21 - 12/2)
The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as "a direct hit to the heart" (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold" (The New York Times) directed by Tony winner John Doyle.

To purchase discounted tickets, click here and enter promo code: CLUBLINK.

Elf The Musical (11/28 - 12/10)
Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.

To purchase discounted tickets, click here and enter promo code: CLUBLINK.
  • Are Sole Practitioners Subject to Peer Review in Massachusetts as They Are in New York?
  • Mass. Frail Elder Waiver Law
  • State Unemployment Opt-in
  • Tax Return Copies from 1997 to 2001


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