Well, tomorrow is officially the end of my term as the chairman of TSCPA. In some ways, it’s hard to believe it’s over. I presided over my final Executive Board meeting with its usual array of issues ranging from financial matters, to peer review, ethics and keeping abreast of what all the committees within TSCPA have been up to. We were also fortunate to have Rich Caturano, vice-chairman of AICPA, spend some time with us. He listened to some of our concerns, in particular an issue that was raised about PCAOB review of firms and how the scheduling is handled.
The next week was my final AICPA Council meeting as TSCPA’s one-year designee. I will be starting a three-year term on Council, so it wasn’t my last meeting though. We started the week with visits to Capitol Hill to meet with various staff members and in some cases legislators. These meetings were a little different this time as we were not asking for any specific legislation, but instead providing them with resources. Specifically, we want CPAs to be positioned to be thought leaders with regard to the deficit issues facing our country. We delivered a DVD to them that features Greg Anton, current AICPA chairman. The title is What’s at Stake? A CPA’s Insights into the Federal Government’s Finances and it addresses these issues head on. Click here to visit AICPA's website about this, which includes presentation materials that you could use to help spread the word. We gave them information on a new tool developed by AICPA to help people understand their total tax burden – federal, state and local. And not just income tax, but property taxes and all the rather hidden taxes we pay that are attached to so many things. Access the Total Tax Insights calculator here.
The remainder of the meeting was largely a celebration of AICPA’s 125th anniversary and a look to the future. The highlight for me was a panel of young CPAs from across the country discussing their perspective on our profession. They were smart, articulate and thought provoking for sure.
After only being home a few days, I found myself in Dallas last week for CPE Advisory, Leadership Day and an Accounting Education Foundation meeting. Tomorrow, on my last day as chairman, I will be doing a Professional Issues Update webcast with TSCPA Executive Director, John Sharbaugh. Nothing like working on your last day in office!
Then I plan to fly home and celebrate the end of a wonderful year. It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your chairman this last year. I am proud of this organization and hope that I made some small imprint on its future. I am especially pleased to see the younger CPAs stepping up and getting involved. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was the young CPA in the room! Those of us who have been around awhile know the ropes and have mostly found our niche by now and I’m glad to see the next generations of CPAs doing the same. There is no question that the world is changing around us, and we need to be communicating with the drivers of this change so that TSCPA can continue to be the great resource it has always been for me and I hope for you. Strong, Diverse, United – to stay that way, we need to involve all the myriad of CPAs we serve – business & industry, public accounting, large and small employers, old and young CPAs. This is our organization – let’s work to keep it the protector of our license and our resource for the tools and information we need to succeed. Thanks to all of you who have served and will serve to make this the great organization that it is.
And finally, a special thanks to my husband Steve, who not only lives with me, but works with me. He has travelled with me, driven me all over Texas so I could review my presentation while on the road, hosted the Executive Board spouses, listened to more Professional Issues Updates than he ever cared to, filled in as a speaker at last year’s annual meeting, picked up a lot of work at home and the office, and even pulled off a few birthday surprises for me this month to celebrate my 60th birthday. I think I owe him!