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South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

First Edition 2014


Surviving the Busy Season


A Look Back: 2013 Summit ACA: One Year Later CPAs Giving Back: Month of Service


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South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants Magazine Volume 44, First Edition 2014 OFFICERS Sharon E. Mann, CPA, Chair John B. Fennell, CPA, Chair Elect

2013 Annual Summit

Robert M. Tilton, CPA, Vice Chair Penny Lewis, CPA, Secretary – Treasurer Michael R. Putich, CPA, Immediate Past Chair BOARD OF DIRECTORS William R. Barefoot, CPA Patrick P. Carey Jr., CPA Zoe M. Davis, CPA Amanda (Mandy) T. Hallman, CPA Suzanne M. Harnois, CPA Lesley H. Kelly, CPA Cheryl O. Lang, CPA A.D. (Dave) Masters, CPA J. Patrick (Pat) McDermott, CPA James W. McIlrath, CPA Kenneth L. Newhouse Jr., CPA Philip R. Snipes, CPA Jason C. Sweatt, CPA William A. Thiem, CPA Beth T. Zamorski, CPA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Erin Hardwick Pate, CAE MANAGING EDITOR Maureen Taylor GRAPHIC DESIGNER Lisa S. McGee CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Keith J. Benson, MHA, Ph.D. Reva Brennan, MPA, CAE, IOM Donald H. Burkett, CPA Robert C. Charles, CPA Jonathan I. Godwin, CPA Brian L. Johnson, CPA Sharon E. Mann, CPA, CGMA Michael Matthews, Ph.D., MHA R. Douglas Neal Jr., CPA Erin H. Pate, CAE Tony F. Perricelli, CPA Derrick B. Stark, CPA Maureen Taylor

2013-14 EDITORIAL BOARD Charles E. Alvis, CPA, MPA, MBA, Chair Tim Baker, CPA John B. Brantley, CPA Robert C. Charles, CPA Amanda S. Colgate, CPA Lisa S. Cooke, CPA Lesley H. Kelly, CPA Margaret L. Lattimore, CPA A. D. “Dave” Masters, CPA Erin H. Pate, CAE Derrick B. Stark, CPA Maureen Taylor

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Special Section: Tax 12 How Do You Survive Busy Season? 13 My First Tax Season 14 Monsters in Strange Places 16 AICPA National Tax Conference 18 Summary of Changes to Tax and Regulatory Law 20 Inside the Internal Revenue Service Tax Symposium 21 ACA One Year Later: An Update

In This Issue 9 Board of Accountancy Update 10 A Look Back at the 2013 Summit 26 CPAs Making a Difference – Month of Service

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From the Chair Association News On Your Behalf Chapter Connections

30 Member News 31 Welcome New Members 32 CPE 34 Advertiser Index

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From the Chair Sharon Mann, CPA, CGMA SCACPA Chair SCACPA member since 1992


appy New Year! I hope your holiday was enjoyable and that 2014 has started off well for you.

As many of you are gearing up for the 2013 tax filing season, this issue of the CPA Report is geared towards tax and tax practice. I would like to take this opportunity to point out some of the resources SCACPA provides that support our members in tax. The first of course is education. In 2013, SCACPA offered 45 tax-related CPE courses and a host of webinars and webcasts. At the chapter level, an additional 11 programs were offered, the most popular of which is the Federal Tax Update with Walter Nunnallee, which draws 700-800 attendees a year.

“As you navigate your way through tax season, I encourage you to take advantage of SCACPA’s resources.”

Sharon Mann, CPA, CGMA, is the chief financial officer for General Information Services, Inc. in Chapin. She has served on the SCACPA board since 2007 and currently serves as chair. She previously served on the Legislative, Advocacy & Regulatory Committee, the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee.

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Your membership also includes several professional resources available through the SCACPA website at taxseason. The Taxation Knowledge Network gathers information pertaining to federal and state tax issues and keep members informed of any new developments. The part-time tax assistance program offers members a place to advertise for part-time help during tax season. Members looking for part-time employment can also advertise. SCACPA also includes links to the AICPA 2013 Tax Practitioner’s Toolkit. The toolkit has everything a tax practitioner needs to communicate their value and keep their clients informed including letters, brochures and advertisements. Two SCACPA committees are very focused on tax issues. The Taxation Committee serves as a technical resource for members, legislators and regulators and also updates the Legislative Tax Guide annually. They also co-host the joint meeting with the State Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service and plan the tax track for the SCACPA CPA Summit. The Legislative, Advocacy and Regulatory Committee make it an annual priority to see that tax conformity legislation is passed early in the calendar year to give tax professionals certainty about the rules. This committee also meets quarterly with the S.C. Department of Revenue director and his staff to discuss what works and what does not work for CPAs in practice. As you navigate your way through tax season, I encourage you to take advantage of SCACPA’s resources. And, as always, if you have suggestions for additional items, please let us know by emailing I hope your tax season goes well! n

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Board of Directors Nominations The SCACPA Leadership Selection and Succession Committee seeks recommendations for members to serve on the S.C. Association of CPAs Board of Directors. The individuals will be considered for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2014. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Nominations must be received no later than March 1, 2014. For additional information, contact Leadership Selection and Succession Committee Chair Michael Putich, CPA, 843-815-6161or SCACPA Chief Executive Officer Erin Pate, CAE at or 803-791-4181, ext. 104.

Congratulations CPE Drawing Winner Congratulations to Cheryl D. Flynn, CPA, with Harry B. Gregory & Associates, CPAs in Columbia, winner of a $50 gift card in the Q4 2013 quarterly CPE evaluation drawing.

The following SCACPA members have been appointed to serve on AICPA committees. As an AICPA volunteer you have an opportunity to influence and guide the profession's direction as well as network with peers. • Ellen K. Adkins, CPA, Technical Standards Subcommittee • Joseph Stanton Beck, CPA, Accounting and Review Services Committee • Bobby Ryon Creech, CPA, State Board Committee (SBC) • George Warren DuRant, CPA, Joint Trial Board • Lewis Eddie Dutton, CPA, Uniform Accountancy Act Committee • John Frederick Hamilton, CPA, Technical Reviewers Advisory Task Force • Mark T. Hobbs, CPA, National Peer Review Committee • Sharon E. Mann, CPA, Designated Council Representative for One Year • James Patrick McDermott, CPA, Council - Elected Members • Robert M. Moise, CPA, Tax Practice Responsibilities Committee • Dianne P. Odom, CPA, Elder Planning Task Force and PFP Elder Planning Task Force • Sandra G. Roberson, CPA, Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) Subcommittee


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Membership renewal notices for 2014-15 will be sent late May. The new membership year begins July 1, 2014.


2014 Conferences

Please note dates are subject to change. Annual Convention May 12, Columbia CPAs in Business & Industry Conference May 15-16, Columbia Government Conference  May 21, Columbia Nonprofit Conference  May 22, Columbia

AICPA 2013-14 Volunteers

This list is for committee year 2013-2014. It is based on the primary mailing address self-selected by each AICPA member.

Membership Dues Renewal

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Fraud Conference Sept. 25, Columbia Women in Leadership Conference  Oct. 21, Columbia Small Firms Conference Oct. 23, Columbia Financial Planning Conference  Oct. 28, Columbia Governmental Workshop  Oct. 30, Columbia CPA Summit  Nov. 12-13, Columbia Accounting & Auditing Conference  Dec. 8-9, Charleston

2014 Clusters

Lowcountry Cluster  July 14-16, Marriott - Hilton Head Coastal Cluster Aug. 11-13, Marriott - Charleston Upstate Cluster Sept. 15-17, Embassy Suites - Greenville

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CPA PAC - Guardians of the Profession

Most supporters of the CPA PAC contribute individually. However, through a special fundraising effort, SCACPA recently asked the top 40 firms in South Carolina to make a contribution on their firm’s behalf. We are grateful for the support and generosity of the seven firms that contributed to the South Carolina CPA/PAC so far. These firms and managing partners are a part of an elite group of members who recognize the power of political activity. To make a contribution on your firm’s or company’s behalf, please contact SCACPA CEO Erin Pate, GOLD CLUB ($2000 and up) • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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AICPA Announces Scholarships

The AICPA announced that accounting students may apply online for scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. The AICPA will award more than 100 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year, totaling more than $300,000, as part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars program. Students can apply at until Monday, April 1, 2014.

2014 Annual Convention – May 12

SCACPA’s 2014 Annual Convention will be held May 12 at Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Columbia. AICPA Chair Tommye Barie will present a professional issues update. Larry Kryske will present The Art of Innovation, a course designed for leaders (and potential leaders) to help develop professional and personal skill sets as well as take businesses to the next level of excellence, performance and achievement. To assist CPAs in meeting the ethics requirement, there will be a case study ethics presentation provided will real life scenarios that CPAs battle in their careers. The event will also include the Annual Member Business Meeting, New CPA Oath Ceremony and the Old Guard and Member Reception.

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On Your Behalf For the profession, by the profession – that’s what the South Carolina Association of CPAs is all about. SCACPA’s board of directors, committees and task forces, and Young CPAs Leadership Cabinet are hard at work making decisions, providing guidance and embarking on projects and programs that strengthen the profession and enable members to improve their knowledge, network and technical skills.


he New Year will see a lot of activity in SCACPA’s advocacy and government relations program. SCACPA will be following two bills that deal directly with issues CPAs care about. They are described below.

House Bill 3459

If you’re attuned to SCACPA’s legislative work, then you’ve heard us refer over the last year to H.3459. It’s a bill SCACPA helped initiate last year primarily to enhance the operational effectiveness of the state Board of Accountancy and additionally, to take care of exempting CPAs from a requirement to become licensed as a private investigator if the firm offers forensic services to the public. While the bill had significant momentum in the 2013 legislative session, it did not complete the legislative process. We hope to see the bill to fruition in 2014. Provisions within H.3459 are as follows: • Gives the members of the state BOA (five of whom are CPAs) the unprecedented ability to provide advice and consent when their administrator is hired/assigned by its umbrella agency -- the state Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation. • Makes the primary role of the BOA’s administrator to manage the work of the BOA. Currently, the administrator manages three distinct regulating boards – accountancy, cemetery owners and funeral directors. Under this new provision, the LLR director may assign additional duties as long


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as these duties don’t unreasonably occupy the administrator’s time. Requires investigations performed on behalf of the BOA to be performed by an investigator who is a licensed CPA. Allows the BOA to conduct periodic inspections of licensees or firms with at least three days notice. Exempts CPAs from having to be licensed as a private investigator if providing forensic services to the public Gives Accounting Practitioners the ability to reinstate their licensure. (technical correction)

Tax Conformity

Tax conformity legislation occurs every year and requires state legislators to determine which federal provisions to adopt or not. SCACPA members who are tax professionals say they want this legislation passed early in the calendar year to give them certainty about the rules, no matter what the rules are. That’s why SCACPA has made this an annual priority. While the legislative discourse is unpredictable, we anticipate little or no controversy this year regarding tax conformity. Stay tuned!

Weekly Legislative Newsletter Keeps SC CPAs in the Know

The South Carolina Legislature typically meets from January until early June. During the session, SCACPA provides a weekly electronic newsletter, called From the Dome, which features a variety of issues being considered. This is a free subscription for all members. If you’re interested in receiving this newsletter, please send a request to

SCACPA Receives Favorable Review of Peer Review Administration

SCACPA administers the peer review program on behalf of the AICPA, the owner of the program. Every two years the AICPA conducts an onsite oversight or audit of the program’s administration. A member of AICPA’s Peer Review Board spends two days at the SCACPA office pulling files, observing meetings and conducting interviews all in an effort to ensure compliance and improve the administration of the program through feedback. Jay Lynch, CPA from Massachusetts conducted SCACPA’s oversight review on Nov. 21-22, 2013. SCACPA has since received a favorable report from the AICPA regarding our administration of the program, which includes the Peer Review Committee and Review Acceptance Body meetings, services provided by SCACPA’s three technical reviewers and SCACPA staff. Many thanks to the following individuals who have ensured the state’s peer review program is well-operated: Christine Kelly, CPA, chair of the SCACPA Peer Review Committee; Glenna Osier, SCACPA peer review manager and technical reviewers John Hamilton, Tony McKinley and Tom DeWitt. n Erin Hardwick Pate, CAE, has served as SCACPA’s CEO since 2005. She currently serves as immediate past-president of the CPA Society Executives Association and as a member of AICPA’s Future of Learning Task Force that is studying the evolution of professional education.

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Board of Accountancy

South Carolina Board of Accountancy Update

106th Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy by Donny Burkett, CPA SCACPA member since 1976


n October, I attended the 106th Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). This year’s meeting, themed “Driven,” was incredibly informative and covered topics that are both interesting and important to South Carolina’s CPAs. Presentations relevant to local CPAs included: • Bridging the GAAP: The Future of U.S. Financial Reporting During this presentation, Russell G. Golden, CPA, discussed the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and some of their projects, such as revenue recognition, leases, insurance contacts, accounting for financial instruments, and upcoming research projects. • Audit for Quality and Investor Protection: The Need for Ongoing Vigilance Presented by Jeanette M. Franzel, CPA, and member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), this presentation focused on the PCAOB’s development of an Auditor’s Reporting Model, which will require auditors to provide discussion of critical audit matters and evaluate other relevant information. For further information on this, please see http://pcaobus. org/Rules/Rulemaking/Pages/ Docket034.aspx. • Pathways’ Progress and Other Education Initiatives Led by Karen V. Pincus, Ph.D.,

this presentation provided recommendations for education initiatives, including building a learned profession, future faculty, and curriculum models, as well as attracting high-potential, diverse students. Changes to education revolve around good decision making and the consequences of those decisions. Critical thinking is vital. Some of the concerns Dr. Pincus raised were the soaring cost of education, student loan debt, which currently exceeds $1 trillion, and how technological advances affect education. • State Boards and Standards – A Panel Discussion This informative panel included Billy Atkinson, CPA, Charles E. Landers, CPA, and James M. Sylph, FCPA, FCA. Their discussion focused on the varying standards of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), FASB, and the Private Company Council (PCC). The panelists had different opinions on the future of standard setting, and their presentations highlighted the future roadblocks that must be overcome. • Changing Landscapes Led by Kevin J. Dancey, FCA, this presentation focused on Canadian CPAs and upcoming changes. Canadian Chartered Accountants (CAs) will become Canadian CPAs. With the addition of a maple leaf, the Canadian CPAs logo will match the American logo. Cross-border issues are an ongoing concern.

In addition to the informative presentations, NASBA formed three new committees: • The Standard Setting Group • The State Society Relationship Group • The Legislative Support Projects Group. Local appointees include president and CEO of SCACPA, Erin Hardwick Pate, CAE, who was appointed to the State Society Relationship Group and me, as chair of the Legislative Support Projects Group. Additionally, I was recently appointed to the Board of the Center for Public Trust. There was also consideration of changes to the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA). Discussion topics included the definition of attest, firm mobility, and other issues such as inactive CPAs, client record returns, and whistleblowers. Discussions also included the future of the CPA Exam. The purpose behind a uniform CPA Exam is to assess the important knowledge and skills required of an entry-level CPA and to protect public interests. Exam candidates need communication skills, strong analytical and interpretive skills, and the ability to continued on page 38

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A Look Back at the 2013 CPA Summit The Future Begins Now was the theme of the 2013 Annual CPA Summit. Over 200 attendees gathered Nov. 12-13 at the DoubleTree in Columbia to discover what challenges and opportunities are facing the profession and how CPAs can adapt quickly and knowledgeably. The two-day conference included a variety of CPE and opportunities to connect with colleagues, speakers and vendors during the networking breaks, Old Guard Reception and the Opening Member Reception.


With 35 sessions to choose from, the summit offered 17 hours of CPE in four tracks. Topics included: The Future Begins Now: How Current Trends are Shaping the 10 Growth Areas of Tomorrow, Federal and South Carolina State Tax Credits for Small Businesses, Excel's PowerPivot and Power View, Healthcare Reform Update, Litigation Against Accountants, Financial Reporting Framework for SMEs, Estate and Gift Tax and Probate Issues, Importance of Quality Control to Avoid Legal Issues, Effective Change Management, Private Company Financial Reporting, Crowd Funding Judicial Highlights; and much more. Other highlights included the Student Recognition luncheon and the New CPA Oath Ceremony. Bill Balhoff, CPA, CFF, CGMA, chairman of the American Institute of CPAs, administered the oath to 20 of South Carolina’s newest CPAs. n 1. Student scholarship winners Michelle Chapman, William Stalvey, Michael Darlin, Jacob Behall and Lindsey Cox. 2. Scholarship winner Michael Darlin with Bob Jones University School of Business Dean Mike Butler and AICPA Chairman Bill Balhoff. 3. The opening reception offered an opportunity to network with fellow members - Amy Rubin, Laura Smith and Denise Giannetti. 4. SCACPA member Mitch Watson with Summit speaker Glen Ward. 5. SCACPA Members catch up at the Old Guard Reception - Chuck McLafferty, Dick Ryerson, Mike Lowrance and Bob Holliday.




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Welcome New CPAs * Indicates SCACPA Members at time of the event Jonathan Allen Harold Baker Jessica Bastedo* James Benjamson Brett Berghel Sally Border* Hazel Brazell* Alicia Burdick Jason Carlson William Carter Catherine Chandler Michelle Chapman* Linghui Chen Curtis Clark Kathryn Cleveland Stephanie Coln* Emily Cooper* Matthew Costa Steven Davitte Jr. Thomas Dettmer Allison Dobbs David Donald Brandon Esco Stephen Flaherty* Traci Francis David Frederick William Freeman Chaz Friendly Beau Ganas* Diane Giardina- Mcgehean Franklin Gillam Jr.

Christopher Gibbons Brandi Gist Jessica Glenney Jennifer Gray Amy Green James Gresham William Hardaway III* Jane Hartsell Susan Hawk Noel Hebert Kenneth Heverly Joseph Heyd* William Hipp Tyler Howanyk* Adam Howell Molly Inclan Christopher Jenkins Lynn Johnson Susan Jordan Jianhua Li Matthew Low Mary Marshall Travis Miller James Mitchell Jr. Neely Myers Kathryn Nell Arnold Owino Scott Patterson Diane Phillips Madison Rankin Elisabeth Rees

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Matthew Reichel Jack Richardson* Krystin Roberts Donna-Jean Royals Cortney Scott* Kristen Searcy* Beverly Seier Susanna Sharpe* Rebecca Shirer* Benjamin Shirley* Kyle Sikkila* James Simmons Nathan Skipper Wilfred Smith Jr.* Lauren Smith* Mackenzie Smith Matthew Stalnaker* Joel Stevens Joel Stewart Cyndra Swinson Caroline Sydow* Dan Temple Brandon Thomas* Greg Thompson Patricia Walker* Jennifer Walton* Valerie Waskey Robert Welch William Williamson* David Wilson

Picture above: New CPA Brandi Gist (second from left) and her family; SCACPA Member Bruce Schwartz with new CPA and SCACPA Member Stephanie Coln (second from left) and her family. Pictured below: South Carolina’s newest CPAs after the oath ceremony.

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Tax Season

Tax Season has arrived...

Tax season has arrived and with it the challenges of navigating your way through tax law changes and an abbreviated filing season, as a result of the federal government shutdown. In an effort to lighten things up a bit, we asked your colleagues to share some of the less publicized aspects of the season including how they deal with stress, stories of their first tax season and changes they have seen as well as tales of tax season horrors.

Of course, this special section also features the information you have come to expect including an overview of Tax and Regulatory Law Changes of Special Interest and an update from the AICPA National Tax Conference. The Affordable Care Act continues to be a major topic for individuals and businesses alike. ACA One Year Later: An Update offers an overview on the insurance exchanges, delays in implementation and taxes you, and your clients, need to know about.

How Do You Survive the Busy Season? To keep my sanity and to “keep my pencil sharp” during tax season, I enjoy sitting at my drum set playing rhythm/ blues and Doo-Wop music. This music break gets my mind totally off taxes, provides me with a great physical workout, and as you know, music soothes the soul. I have a band I play with called Heart ‘n Soul. We are an 11 piece group that plays R&B and Doo Wop music from the late 1950s and 60s. Our band is a 501(c)(3) charitable

organization which donates the proceeds from our performances to charity. Over the past five years, we have donated over $100,000 directly and helped charities raise over $2,000,000. You can visit us at www.heartnsoulband. org to see when we are playing and I would love to see some fellow CPAs out on the dance floor having a great time! I believe all of us during tax season need to sometimes step away from the grind to refresh ourselves in an activity we thoroughly enjoy. Whether it is golf, running, biking, music or whatever you enjoy doing, take time to relax and to refresh. You will be doing both yourself and your clients a big favor. – R. Douglas Neal Jr., CPA

My current role has fewer peaks and is busy all year. However, I have usually been known to be the office prankster to inject a little fun. One of my favorites was the year on April Fools Day that I put a sign on the copier that announced that the copier was now voice activated. To register your voice, you need to hold down the "clear" button and loudly say "My name is ___________." Everyone that fell for that loudly announced who they were to the entire floor that day. – Derrick Stark, CPA


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Tax Season

My First Tax Season ….. Party like it’s 1999! by Tony Perricelli, CPA SCACPA member since 1999


he year 1999 was the year of the “Y2K” bug and the cusp of a new millennium. The Gamecocks did not win a single football game that year in Lou Holtz’s first season as head coach. The Friends were flying on high TV and the Star Wars franchise returned to the big screen with episode 1 - The Phantom Menace. The Internet was beginning to grow up and become useful but only on personal computers since our mobile phones were (gasp!) simply telephones. I began my public accounting career with Scott and Company (then called Scott, Holloway & McElveen) in January 1999 as a staff accountant. That first busy season was a challenging time that afforded tremendous growth professionally and personally. Besides learning the ins and outs of preparing tax returns I studied for and took the CPA exam (twice), bought my first house and got married all in that one year. Just as my personal life is vastly different almost 15 years and three kids later, the processes and procedures for busy season were very different than today. We prepared all of our returns on computers, but e-filing was a novelty. That year our firm e-filed only a handful of returns—most of those for clients deemed to be on the cutting edge of technology and, thus, open to trying a new, untested method of filing. Document scanning wouldn’t go mainstream for a few more years so we copied workpapers and made

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“Most of my work was done with pencil and paper as I calculated, ticked and tied.... “ paper files. Our clients all sent us their tax information in paper form and rarely relied on email to get documents to us. The fax machine was the catchall method to get those last minute statements from the bank or brokerage firm. Most of my work was done with pencil and paper as I calculated, ticked and tied before entering data into the computer only as the last step to complete the process. Even our lives outside of work were different. When I left the office for the day, I could only be reached by telephone. Email stayed at the office rather than traveling home on a handheld device. Remote network access was probably available to those who could afford it, but my computer stayed at the office and needed me to be there to use it. The daily life of a tax accountant has changed tremendously since my first busy season in 1999. In an amazing coincidence, though, the BCS national college football champions for the 1999 season…the Florida State Seminoles! n

Then & Now: A Look Back Things have changed dramatically since 1988. I worked for a large firm in Atlanta. That was not that long ago, but it was before the Internet, before e-filing, before electronic storage, and email was new. I sat in a "u-shaped" cube with a senior. The two of us shared one desktop computer and a dot-matrix printer. There were two laser printers shared by 250 of us that were only to be used for "final" copies of returns. We had one computer for the office with the corporate consolidation software and only two people that could run consolidations electronically. A partner in the Chattanooga office thought I was a technical wizard because I knew how to attach a Lotus spreadsheet to an email and send it to him "instantly." – Derrick Stark, CPA

Because I am very young in my career, my tax season hasn’t changed that much since the first one. However, my work load has. I use to be slammed during busy season and rewarded with a lot of downtime during the off season. But now it appears that I am slammed constantly. Just more slammed during busy season. I tell younger associates to treasure being new. Soon you will learn that busy is not a season – it’s a life. – Robert Charles, CPA

Tony Pericelli, CPA, is a partner with Scott & Company, LLC and is a member of the Central Chapter.

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Tax Season

The Monsters Lurk in Strange Places

by Jonathan I. Godwin, CPA SCACPA member since 1999


hen you ask a CPA about tax season horror stories, you would expect to hear the standard stories about working late hours to meet deadlines, sifting through boxes of crumpled receipts, and making crazy last-minute runs to the post office. In my experience, the monsters moved on to occupy other areas, such as in hiring decisions and plumbing. My first tax season in 2003 as a sole practitioner was fraught with all sorts of issues, not the least of which was cash flow. I do recall, however, a non-greenbacks related horror story. I came back to my office late one evening to catch up on some tax returns, and as soon as I opened the office door I heard this steady “drip, drip, drip” of water. I had requested that our administrative assistant leave the faucet dripping in the kitchen since the pipes had been known to freeze, but this was more than any slow drip I had ever heard. Upon entering the kitchen, I was greeted to a freezing puddle of water in the middle of my floor which was creeping ever closer to my Buicksized copier and fax machine. The pipes had burst, which required a late night’s work from my landlord to drain the “pool.”


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My second tax season in 2004 required that we hire a part-time employee to help with tax return assembly and the copying of client backup. I thought things were going really well, until she asked me to purchase a stool with casters on it so that she could sit at the copier and simply “roll” herself over to the assembly area to put the returns together. Imagine her surprise when I denied her request….how could I be so heartless? After two more weeks of dwindling attendance, I relieved her of her post only to be met with a threat of bodily harm by her husband. He actually called and demanded that I meet him in my parking lot to “talk about what happened.” Apparently, he wasn’t aware of her absenteeism. Thankfully, he never showed up at my office and no one was injured. A later tax season required that we again hire a new team member, but this time a full-time administrative assistant who claimed to know accounting as well. After three months of lackluster performance and complaints that she wasn’t being paid enough, she quit working for us. Upon cleaning out her work space, we found 13 bottles of soda tucked away in a drawer, with varying levels of liquid missing from each one. I never did figure out why she left them there.

“He actually called and demanded that I meet him in my parking lot... “ It wasn’t as though she was working late and needed a caffeine infusion. Maybe she was conducting a science experiment, which could explain her distraction from her work. My last tax season horror story involved another hiring decision, this time in the form of an intern from a local university. This young man never did master the alphabet, as we found out later, because everything he filed was in the wrong place. He also had this bad habit of giving tax returns to the wrong people. He would hand Joe’s tax return to Don, and of course Don didn’t realize this until he got home and was preparing to sign his return. I think I had to apologize to three people who received the incorrect paperwork. Talk about embarrassing. His only response to my questions regarding his performance was “Ooops, sorry.” He had aspirations to be a congressman. No further comment. n Jonathan Godwin, CPA, is president of Godwin and Associates, CPA in Greenville.

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Other Lurking Monsters Although I had gained quite a bit of audit experience before switching to tax, my first tax season with a larger firm included working on the first year return for a major conglomerate and fashion retailer. This return was massive and included 30 state filings for income and franchise tax returns in addition to the federal. My team and I worked so diligently on this return that we were in the office until 2 a.m. some nights. One week, I worked so long that I fell asleep at my desk. When I did I began to snore very loudly. So, just before midnight the rest of the staff gathered around my cube. I was knocked out!! And they thought it was hilarious! One of the associates decided that it might be a good idea to call my desk phone and see if I would wake up. Another associate videotaped. When they called my desk – believe it or not – I woke up immediately and answered the phone as if I were up all along. It was the funniest video in the office the entire busy season. Our last night working on the return we were in the office until 4 a.m. and returned the next day to file. The partner forced us to leave the building for the next day so that we could regain our strength. All is fair in the game of tax and busy season. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that story. – Robert Charles, CPA

Busy season can always be a bit rough. One that sticks out was a year that our tax software became unstable on April 10. Out of 30 employees, only three could log on to the tax return preparation software at a time or the system would crash, requiring a 40-minute reboot. The partners thought I was crazy, but I created three “system cards” that the staff had to have in their possession to log on. That way we could be sure that the each person had logged off before the next logged on. It worked great, and we went all the way to April 15 without another crash. – Derrick Stark, CPA

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AICPA National Tax Conference by Brian L. Johnson, CPA SCACPA member since 2003


n November, I attended the IRS Track of the AICPA National Tax Conference as the South Carolina representative. The speakers for this track included leaders from several divisions of the IRS as well as Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olsen and head of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), Karen Hawkins. Werfel began by addressing the issue with tax exempt entities that has been in the news over the past year. He stated that the IRS has improved screening for tax exempt status based on activities of the organization. They have also strengthened checks and balances for processing tax exempt applications, improved training for IRS personnel in this area, and significantly reduced the inventory of 501(c) applications. Other areas that were highlighted included: improved technology with the implementation of modernized e-file and “K-2” technology that allows daily


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processing of taxpayer information; improved international tax compliance; resolution of 794,000 cases of identity theft and continued support and training towards combating identity theft. Werfel also stated that Affordable Care Act tools are working as planned. The IRS is working towards expanding web services and offering access on mobile devices via an app called “IRS to Go.” He blamed budget cuts for the stoppage of two web services – Electronic Disclosure Authorization and Electronic Account Resolution. Werfel said that budget cuts are his number one concern, stating that the budget has been cut by $1 billion since 2010. This represents an 8 percent cut, but the number of tax filers has increased by 4 percent. In response to the budget cuts, the IRS is attempting to run leaner. They have cut the full-time workforce by 9 percent and training and travel costs by over 80 percent. The commissioner would like to have a discussion with Congress regarding the cuts, because he says for every dollar spent by the IRS there is a return on investment of four to one.


calls to the general 1040 line did not reach a live person


mail in inventory the last week of October was over 45 days old


returns e-filed and processed on the modernized E-File System

During the question and answer session he did confirm that the filing season would be delayed due to the government shutdown in October. Faris Fink with the Small Business/ Self Employed Division (SB/SE) said that his group’s top priority is the exam function, and they are now focusing on partnerships. They are working on identification of issues and have implemented virtual partnership training for agents, which according to Fink is the first partnership training

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“National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olsen was the most passionate speaker of the day, and she is clearly not happy with the level of service the IRS is currently providing to taxpayers.” offered to agents in years. The SB/SE is also continuing National Research Program (NRP) Audits in the areas of individuals, small corporations, fuel tax and employment tax. The goal of these programs is to improve selection criteria for audits. Another focus of the SB/SE is abusive transactions and targeting the preparers and promoters of these transactions. The IRS has partnered with the department of justice on these cases and there have been 75 injunctions during 2013. The SB/SE division is also emphasizing audits of high income/high wealth individuals, which is defined as individuals with over $1 million of income. He stated that approximately 12.1 percent of these type returns are audited. Sunita Lough represented the Large Business and International Division (LB&I). This group is also focused on the exam process. They are moving away from comprehensive exams and towards issue-based exams. One specific directive that I found interesting is a more efficient information document request (IDR) process. The agent would meet with the taxpayer and CPA up front and discuss the case. The agent would disclose the issue being examined and present a draft IDR that should only request information relevant to the issue being audited. There will be no more static

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30-day response times for IDRs, rather the agent and taxpayer will agree on a response time. The time could be very short if there are only a few issues. There are specific phases of enforcement if the taxpayer doesn’t respond within the agreed-upon time. The Wage and Income Division (W&I) is the largest division of the IRS and is responsible for processing tax returns and issuing refunds. The W&I Division was represented by Deputy Commissioner David Alito who gave highlights of the 2013 filing season. Eighty- three percent of returns were e-filed and all were processed on the Modernized E-File system. Two million fraudulent returns were stopped by the IRS representing $15 billion of refunds. The IRS deployed “where’s my amended refund” in March 2013. The W&I division is considering a different approach to the following six services in 2014: • Practitioner Priority Service – back to being only for practitioners • EFIN – online only (not by phone anymore) • Transcripts – new “Get Transcript” application for taxpayers to be launched January 2014 • Tax Prep – IRS may discontinue tax prep service and refer walkins to other free filing services • Tax Law Assist – Tax Law Assistance System • Tax Refund Inquiries – no longer answered by phone; direct all calls to “where’s my refund” unless greater than 21 days (e-filed returns) or greater than six weeks (paper file) National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olsen was the most passionate speaker of the day, and she is clearly not happy with the level of service the IRS is currently providing to

taxpayers. She gave statistics to support her claim that IRS service is declining. Examples are 62 percent of calls to the general 1040 line in the last fiscal year did not reach a live person and 49 percent of mail in inventory the last week of October was over 45 days old. She agrees with Acting Commissioner Werfel that funding is the biggest issue, and stated that having adequate personnel is the only way to improve the services issues. Olsen included a special report in her annual report to Congress called Crisis in Tax Administration to call attention to this issue and the IRS’s lack of investment in technology and resources. A bit of good news from her was that the IRS is working on e-authentication for corresponding via email and plans to test this program in late 2014. Karen Hawkins, with Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) gave a brief explanation of the responsibilities of the office. OPR regulates the practice of representatives acting before the Department of Treasury and authorizes the determination of “fitness” to practice. Fitness to practice includes character, reputation, necessary qualifications and competence. The ultimate discipline from OPR is disbarment and there have been eight so far in 2013. Hawkins also shared examples where practitioners were disbarred for professional actions such as filing false returns for clients, and also for personal actions such as falsifying financials for a personal mortgage. OPR also has an interest in practitioner testing. They are awaiting the outcome of the Loving case before determining a course of action. n Brian L. Johnson, CPA, is a partner with SuggsJohnson, LLC in Anderson. He currently serves as a member of SCACPA’s Taxation Committee and the Taxation Network.

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Tax Season

Summary of Changes to Tax and Regulatory Law


n Sept. 24, the S.C. Department of Revenue released a brief summary of some of the most significant changes in tax and regulatory laws enacted during the past legislative session. Following are excerpts from the Tax Legislative Update for 2013 that may be of special interest. Visit www.sctax. org to access the document in its entirety.

Internal Revenue Code Conformity Code Section 12-6-40(A)(1)(a) has been amended, except as otherwise provided, to update South Carolina’s

income tax laws to conform to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended through Jan. 2, 2013, and includes the effective date provisions contained therein.

Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children – New Credit This temporary proviso provides that grants may be awarded by a nonprofit scholarship funding organization of up to $10,000 or the total cost of tuition, whichever is less, for students with exceptional needs to attend an independent school. A person is allowed a tax credit for the amount of money contributed to a nonprofit scholarship funding organization if (1) the contribution is used to provide grants for tuition, transportation, or textbooks to exceptional needs children enrolled in eligible schools who qualify for these grants under this proviso and (2) the person does not designate a specific child or school as the beneficiary of the contribution. The credit is available for a contribution made on or after Jan. 1, 2014, and on or before June 30, 2014, unless the legislature re-enacts this temporary credit proviso in the next legislative session. The credit is limited

to 60 percent of a taxpayer’s total tax liability for the tax year the contribution is made.

Consumer Protection Services - New Individual Income Tax Deduction This temporary proviso allows an individual an income tax deduction for the cost incurred to purchase identity theft protection and identity theft resolution services by monthly or annual contract or subscription. The deduction is equal to actual costs for the contract or subscription incurred in the tax year, up to $300 for an individual taxpayer or up to $1,000 for a joint return or a return claiming dependents.

Teacher Supplies and Materials – New Refundable Income Tax Credit This temporary proviso continues to allow for a $275 reimbursement designed to offset expenses for teaching supplies and materials incurred by all certified public school teachers, certified special school classroom teachers, certified media specialists, and certified guidance counselors who are employed by a school

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district or a charter school as of Nov. 30 of the current fiscal year. The reimbursement is not considered taxable income by South Carolina.

Active Trade or Business Income of Pass through Entity – New Tax Rate Code Section 12-6-545 provides for a reduced income tax rate on active trade or business income of a pass through business (i.e., sole proprietorship, partnership, S corporation, or limited liability company taxed as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or S corporation) in lieu of the income tax rate imposed under Code Section 12-6-510 (individual income tax.) Code Section 12-6-545(B)(2) has been amended to lower the current tax rate from 5 percent to 3 percent over several years. The new rates are phased in as follows: Tax Year Beginning In Tax Rate 2012 4.33 % 2013 3.67 % 2014 and thereafter 3.00 %

Private Schools - Use Tax Exemption This temporary proviso exempts purchases of tangible personal property for use in private primary and secondary schools, including kindergarten and early childhood education programs, from the use tax if the school is exempt from income taxes under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). This exemption does not apply to purchases subject to sales tax. See SC Regulation 117-334 for information as to which tax, the sales tax or the use tax, applies when goods are shipped into South Carolina. This use tax exemption is also applicable to purchases occurring after 1995; however, no refund is due any taxpayer on purchases exempted by this provision.

Voluntary Website Posting of Tax Return Information for Candidates and Gubernatorial Appointees

Tax Season Resources Knowledge Networks The Taxation Knowledge Network works to gather information pertaining to federal and state tax issues to keep membership informed of new developments. The network provides numerous opportunities for networking, learning, and interaction. Learn more at

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This temporary proviso provides that the department must develop a program to process inquiries from a candidate for an office in South Carolina or its political subdivisions or any gubernatorial appointee concerning that candidate’s or appointee’s state income tax filings. Upon request by the candidate or appointee in connection with his own income tax return, the department must determine if the candidate or appointee has filed his annual state income tax returns for the past ten years, paid all income taxes due during that time period, and, if applicable, satisfied all judgments, liens, or other penalties for failure to pay income taxes when due. n

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Inside the Internal Revenue Service Tax Symposium

by Reva Brennan, MPA, CAE, IOM SCACPA Chief Operating Officer | Serving SCACPA since 2001


he 2013 IRS Tax Symposium, which was rescheduled due to the government shutdown, was held on Jan. 7 at the SC Bar Conference Center and streamed live via webcast. The symposium kicked off with Henrietta Duncan, revenue agent in the Small Business and Self-Employed (SB/SE) division who discussed the basic examination process, videos and other resources to prepare for an IRS audit and fast track settlement. Publication 556 is a great reference for examination process and procedures. Communication is vital during the process. Please make every effort to communicate clearly with the agent. If there are issues, request to speak with a group manager, before frustration levels are high and 30 days has expired. According to John Gray, group manager of collections in the Upstate, everyone deserves a Fresh Start. The purpose of the Fresh Start program is to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations and to aid in back payment of taxes. The highlights of this program are: greater access to streamlined installment agreements, more opportunities for lien relief, and streamlined offers and compromise. Ron Nestor, appeals officer with the IRS discussed the Fast Track settlement program. This program is an alternative dispute resolution program and provides an opportunity for SB/SE to expedite case resolution at the earliest possible level. Matthew Weir, deputy, National Taxpayer Advocate Service, reminded everyone this service is a separate organization within the IRS. TAS has the authority to assist taxpayers in resolving problems, recommend process changes, and recommend legislative changes. They research and identify systemic problems with IRS policies and procedures and make recommendations to Congress to correct those problems.

Automated Underreporter (AUR) and correspondence exam emerging issues were discussed by Steve Klingel, director of Reporting Compliance and Florence Adamson, chief of Headquarters Discretionary Examination and Innocent Spouse of Reporting Compliance. They are working on being able to accept email. However, at this time eFax is in place. The following helpful hints were shared: • Do not net amounts • Include a breakdown of grouped amounts • Include any corrected payer documents • Report income on the correct line • Include all back-up schedules Closing out the day was Craig Young, associate area counsel, Greensboro, N.C., who discussed collection due process and innocent spouse. n

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ACA ONE YEAR LATER: An Update by Keith J. Benson, MHA, Ph.D. and Michael Matthews, Ph.D., MHA Winthrop University


ne thing certain about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that uncertainty is a certainty. Since the publication of our article last year (Q4 2012) there have been delays, changes, and modifications to the ACA. One of the first observations is that the ACA is really more of an accessibility act than an affordability act. Because of this CPAs may be advising clients on the health care exchanges, and possible tax consequences. Following is an overview of the ACA implementation over the past year and possible impact to South Carolina CPAs.

and dependent children to age 26 are covered. Plans must also eliminate preexisting exclusions in 2014.

During the initial sign-up phase via the health insurance exchanges one thing that is evident is that some individual’s premiums are decreasing in cost and some individual’s premiums are increasing in cost. One item that garnered much press was the statement “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

To maintain grandfathered status these plans must not raise copayments or deductibles (out-of-pocket costs), significantly reduce benefits, or stop coverage for previously covered disease or condition. If a plan had a change in any one of these areas it lost its grandfathered status and had to be replaced with a health insurance plan that met essential health benefits. All grandfathered plans were expected to meet the ACA’s minimal coverage requirements by 2014. Most grandfathered health insurance plans did not meet these requirements and that lead to health insurance cancellation notices for an estimated 7-12 million Americans www.washingtonpost. com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/29/ this-is-why-obamacare-is-cancellingsome-peoples-insurance-plans/.

A plan is any policy in existence before March 23, 2010, when the ACA became law. The ACA has a provision for health insurance plans or policies offered before March 23, 2010 to be grandfathered provided lifetime benefit caps are eliminated

On Nov. 12, 2013, President Obama announced a one-year extension allowing grandfathered plans to continue even if the plan did not meet the minimum coverage requirements. Essentially, the president’s announcement allowed the state insurance

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“One of the first observations is that the ACA is really more of an accessibility act than an affordability act.” commissioners to sell non-ACA compliant health insurance policies for coverage in 2014. States had the option on not allowing non-ACA compliant health plans from being sold in their state. Also, health insurance companies could stop offering these previously grandfathered health insurance plans. When the ACA was signed the law required that any child under the age of 19 could not be denied health insurance because of a preexisting condition. In 2014, this provision of the ACA applies to everyone. This means as of Jan. 1, 2014, any U.S. citizen can now receive health insurance regardless of preexisting condition. Private health insurance was usually expensive for those individuals with certain preexisting conditions, if it could be purchased at all. continued on page 22

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Exchanges & Understanding Health Insurance There is some confusion about the Health Insurance Exchanges at This website is a portal for access to the private insurance plans offered by each state insurance exchange. In South Carolina the health insurance exchange is currently run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Although they are called public exchanges, their health plans are offered by private health insurance carriers, including many of the big name carriers that you’ve known about for years. Some think by signing up for a health insurance plan on this website they are signing up for a government health plan. This is incorrect. All the health insurance plans offered, except for the Medicaid plan, are private health insurance plans that meet all the required essential health benefits. An individual buying health insurance via the public exchange may qualify for tax credits or subsidies. Private exchanges are what brokers, insurance companies and benefits consultants have been operating for years and are not part of the ACA. Health insurance bought on private exchanges is not eligible for tax credits or subsidies. However, this may be a cheaper option for some consumers. Any health insurance plan in the United States must now offer a comprehensive list of services including ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care. Each health insurance plan must also cover a list of preventive services with no out-of-pocket expense (when provided by a network provider). The list can be accessed at People have the option of purchasing health insurance on the state or public exchange or via a private exchange. Some key concepts to understand when purchasing health insurance: • In general, the more you are willing and able to pay each time for health care service or a prescription, the lower your premium. • The higher the premium, the less out-of-pocket costs you should incur. • The more choices you want, the higher the premium. On a state marketplace site, health plans are grouped by levels of coverage -- how much the plan will pay for your health care and what services are covered. The plans,


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“Health insurance bought on private exchanges is not eligible for tax credits or subsidies. However, this may be a cheaper option for some consumers.” which are named after a type of metal, vary by the percentage of costs you have to pay on average toward the health care you receive. Following are the percentages of health care costs you pay for each type of plan: • Bronze plan: 40 percent • Silver plan: 30 percent • Gold plan: 20 percent • Platinum plan: 10 percent of your health care costs. When shopping on the exchange the plans are divided first by metal level; secondly, by brand of health insurance (Blue Cross, Cigna, Humana, Kaiser, United, and others); and thirdly, by type of health plan, such as HMO, PPO, POS, or high-deductible plans with a health savings account. The type of health plans are: • Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Exclusive Provider Organizations (EPOs). HMOs and EPOs may limit coverage to providers inside their networks. A network is a list of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers that provide medical care to members of a specific health plan. If you use a doctor or facility that isn't in the HMO’s network, you may have to pay the full cost of the services provided. HMO members usually have a primary care doctor and must get referrals to see specialists. This is generally not true for EPOs. • Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) and Point-of-Service plans (POS). These insurance plans give you a choice of getting care within or outside of a provider network. With PPO or POS plans, you may use out-of-network providers and facilities, but you’ll have to pay more than if you use in-network ones. If you have a PPO plan, you can visit any doctor without a referral. If you have a POS plan, you can visit any in-network provider without a referral, but you’ll need one to visit a provider out-of-network. • High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). High Deductible Health Plans typically feature lower premiums and higher deductibles than traditional insurance plans. As of 2013, HDHPs are plans with a minimum deductible of $1250 per year for individual coverage and $2500 for family coverage. If

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you have an HDHP, you can use a health savings account or a health reimbursement arrangement to pay for qualified out-of-pocket medical costs. This can lower the amount of federal tax you owe. • Catastrophic Health Insurance Plan. A catastrophic health insurance plan covers essential health benefits but has a very high deductible. This means it provides a kind of "safety net" coverage in case you have an accident or serious illness. Catastrophic plans usually do not provide coverage for services like prescription drugs or shots. Premiums for catastrophic plans may be lower than traditional health insurance plans, but deductibles are usually much higher. This means you must pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket before full coverage kicks in. In the health exchange, catastrophic plans are available only to people under 30 and to some low-income people who are exempt from paying the fee because other insurance is considered unaffordable or because they have received "hardship exemptions." Marketplace catastrophic plans cover three annual primary care visits and preventive services at no cost. After the deductible is met, they cover the same set of essential health benefits that other marketplace plans offer. People with catastrophic plans are not eligible for lower costs on their monthly premiums or out-of-pocket costs. Next year when the employer mandate kicks in for business, CPAs may be asked to consult with clients to help them understand the health exchanges.

Delays The major component of ACA delayed until Jan. 1, 2015 is the employer mandate. This mandate requires employers to provide health insurance as a benefit of work. Businesses with more than 50 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees are subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility (ESRP) provision. Employers must offer health insurance that meets the required essential health benefits. Businesses that do not provide will have to make a tax payment called the ESRP. Businesses having less than 50 FTE employees are exempt from the ESRP. Small businesses (less than 50 FTEs) can encourage employees to purchase health insurance via the Small Business Health Options (SHOP) Marketplace (exchange). However, on Nov. 27, 2013 the SHOP Marketplace was delayed until Nov. 2014. Self-employed businesses (no W-2s) can get insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace at marketplace/individual/#state=south-carolina

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Delayed until 2015 is a consumer protection provision that limits how much money people may have to spend on health care. The proposed limit was $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family. Some insurers may set higher limits in 2014. This means health insurance enrollees may have greater out-of-pocket expenses than expected in 2014. On Dec. 5, 2013, Department of Health and Human Services gave customers permission to pay their premiums as late as Dec. 31 for coverage that starts Jan. 1, and gave customers until Dec. 23, 2013 to sign up for January 2014 coverage.

Taxes The ACA contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses. Listed below are the taxes and their effective date. Surtax on Investment Income (effective Jan. 2013) - A new 3.8 percent surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single). This would result in the following top tax rates on investment income:

Capitol Gains Dividends










*Other unearned income includes (for surtax purposes) gross income from interest, annuities, royalties, net rents, and passive income in partnerships and Subchapter-S corporations. It does not include municipal bond interest or life insurance proceeds, since those do not add to gross income. It does not include active trade or business income, fair market value sales of ownership in pass-through entities, or distributions from retirement plans. The 3.8 percent surtax does not apply to non-resident aliens. Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax (effective Jan. 2013) Current law and changes:

First $200,000 All Remaining ($250,000 Married) Wages Employer/ Employer/Employee Employee Current Law

1.45%/1.45% 2.9% self-employed

1.45%/1.45% 2.9% self-employed

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1.45%/1.45% 2.9% self-employed

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Individual Mandate Excise Tax and Employer Mandate Tax (effective Jan. 2014/ Jan 2015) - Individual: Anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance as defined by Department of Health and Human Services must pay an income surtax according to the higher of the following:

1 Adult

2 Adults

3+ Adults


1% AGI/$95

1% AGI/$190

1% AGI/$285


2% AGI/$325

2% AGI/$650

2% AGI/$975

2.5% AGI/$1390

2.5% AGI/$2085

2016+ 2.5% AGI/$695

There are exemptions for religious objectors, undocumented immigrants, prisoners, those earning less than the poverty line, members of Indian tribes, and hardship cases (determined by HHS). (Bill: PPACA; pages: 317-337) Employer: If an employer does not offer health coverage, and at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit, the employer must pay an additional non-deductible tax of $2000 for all full-time employees. Applies to all employers with 50 or more employees. If any employee actually receives coverage through the exchange, the penalty on the employer for that employee rises to $3000. If the employer requires a waiting period to enroll in coverage of 30-60 days, there is a $400 tax per employee ($600 if the period is 60 days or longer). Tax on Health Insurers (effective Jan. 2014) - Annual tax on the industry imposed relative to health insurance premiums collected that year. Phases in gradually until 2018. Fully-imposed on firms with $50 million in profits. An annual $63 fee levied on all plans (decreased each year until 2017 when pre-existing conditions are eliminated) to help pay for insurance companies covering the costs of high-risk pools. Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans (effective Jan. 2018) - Starting in 2018, new 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans ($10,200 single/$27,500 family). Higher threshold ($11,500 single/$29,450 family) for early retirees and high-risk professions. CPI +1 percentage point indexed. “Black liquor” tax hike (effective 2010) - This is a tax increase on a specific type of bio-fuel. Tax on Innovator Drug Companies (effective 2010) $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year.


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Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers (effective Jan. 2013) - Medical device manufacturers employ 360,000 people in 6000 plants across the country. This law imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax. Exempts items retailing for less than $100. High Medical Bills Tax (effective 2013) - Deduction of medical expenses rose from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI). Waived for 65+ taxpayers in 2013-2016 only. Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Cap (effective 2013) Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500. Indexed to inflation after 2013. Medicine Cabinet Tax (effective 2011) - Americans no longer able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin). Elimination of tax deduction for employer provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D (effective 2013). Codification of the “economic substance doctrine” (effective 2010) - This provision allows the IRS to disallow completely legal tax deductions and other legal tax-minimizing plans just because the IRS deems that the action lacks “substance” and is merely intended to reduce taxes owed. Tax on Indoor Tanning Services (effective July 1, 2010) - New 10 percent excise tax on Americans using indoor tanning salons. HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike (effective 2011) - Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent. $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives (effective 2013). Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike (effective 2013) - The special tax deduction in current law for Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies would only be allowed if 85 percent or more of premium revenues are spent on clinical services. Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals (effective 2010) $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet new "community

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“The ACA will impact a CPA-client relationship in different ways. The first and most obvious is the tax implications associated with the ACA.� health assessment needs," "financial assistance," and "billing and collection" rules set by HHS. Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2 (effective 2012) - Preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns. Source: and

What to Watch/Possible Impacts Many of the delays can be attributed to implementation problems of We need to watch if these issues are resolved and signing up for health insurance becomes easier. Another critical issue is the security problems associated with website ( The potential for identity theft is higher and individuals using the exchange should monitor for misuses of personal information. As this article goes to press one key item to watch is if younger, healthier, individuals are using the exchange to sign up for health insurance to enter the marketplace or opting to just pay the penalty (tax) for not having health insurance. Because of the extensive list of essential health benefits the risks/costs need to be shared. This is why the mandate was a necessary part of the ACA. This healthier population is needed to offset the risk of the older and heavier users of health care services. The larger the number of enrollees purchasing health insurance through the exchanges, the better to distribute the financial risk of health care expenditures. The more people having health insurance reduces the risk to health insurance companies and could lower premiums to enrollees. Another potential issue is how providers will react to ACA. If the number of people having health insurance increases the demand for provider visits should also increase. This could lead to long wait times to see a health care provider. Because of this the number of non-physician providers (physician assistants and nurse practitioners) is expected to grow.

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Another item to look for is to see the buying power of insurance companies. Early anecdotal evidence suggests states with large insurance companies (California and New York) that have significant buying power can leverage health care providers to lower costs. However, in other states such as Florida, where either the insurance companies have less leverage or there is less competition between providers, the premiums are higher than expected. This could lead to a change of state-based health insurance plans to nationwide plans.

Final Thoughts The ACA will impact a CPA-client relationship in different ways. The first and most obvious is the tax implications associated with the ACA. CPAs will continue to provide accounting, financial, and tax advice. What might be new is that clients may turn to their CPAs to provide advice and information on how the exchange works and information about the different health insurance plan options. CPAs must keep an eye on ACA implementation and the impacts on clients. n

Keith J. Benson, MHA, Ph.D., is an associate professor in health care management at Winthrop University, which he joined in 1999. He received his Ph.D. in health policy and administration from Penn State. Michael Matthews, Ph.D., MHA, is an associate professor in health care management at Winthrop University, where he has served for seven years. He received his Ph.D. in health care management from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. His previous experience includes long term care and hospital administration.

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Brown Takes Volunteering to New Depth

Neil Brown has been volunteering at the Riverbanks Zoo for as long as he’s been working at Burkett, Burkett & Burkett as a CFP and CPA. During the CPA Month of Service Neil donated five hours to the organization. A skilled diver, he greatly enjoys having the opportunity to visit the zoo twice a month and spend a couple of hours in the aquarium. “I clean the rocks, vacuum the tank, and feed the fish,” he says. “It’s a great way to interact with different types of fish.” When the zoo first sent out a request for volunteers for Dream Night six or seven years ago, Brown was happy

to participate. A worldwide event that began in the Netherlands, Dream Night aims to provide one annual, cost-free evening at the zoo for disabled or chronically ill children and their families. It gives the children an opportunity to be kids, and enjoy the same experiences that others do. “It can be hard to see inside a display window if you’re in a wheelchair,” says Brown. When in the aquarium, he communicates with another volunteer on the outside of the tank by writing on markerboards, and is able to answer any questions or respond to any comments they have. In addition to having the zoo exhibits to themselves, the children and their families also get to enjoy a parade, face painting, and crafts.

Burkett, Burkett & Burkett Hosts Ladies Night Out Burkett, Burkett & Burkett hosted a Ladies Night Out to raise money for the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund. Volunteers donated 15 hours and the event raised $1,026 in donations. Congressman Joe Wilson, a major supporter of cancer awareness, also stopped in to say hello and peruse the vendors. The Crystal Smith Fund provides wigs, lymphedema garments, mastectomy kits, and prostheses for women undergoing cancer treatment who cannot afford them. The firm hopes to make Ladies Night Out an annual event. The next one is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 23, 2014!

Rockwell Joins with Lights of Hope for Safe Harbor

Monica Rockwell, CPA, with Cox, Cauley & Rockwell, LLC in Anderson headed up a team of volunteers who worked on behalf of Safe Harbor, a participating charity with the Lights of Hope in Anderson. Approximately 75 hours were volunteered. Proceeds from the annual event are donated to local charities and benefit hundreds of children and adults in the area. Safe Harbor is a nonprofit that provides safe shelter, counseling and advocacy for victims of domestic violence.


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Gamble Dances with the Stars

Gamble & Livingston CPAs, LLC, participated in Dancing with the Horry County Stars. The firm came in 5th place in overall fundraising out of 16 contestants. Firm Partner Terry Livingston was selected by the Horry County K-12 Foundation to represent CPAs in the event. Terry committed to dance lessons and practice sessions along with the fundraising. During the month of October, Terry raised approximately $5,000. This fundraising activity starts late August and goes through November, ending in the actual competition/show. The event benefits the Early College High School, a program which inspires middle quartile, first generation college students to strive for academic excellence and complete a degree in higher education. To find out more visit

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Piedmont Chapter Golf Tournament

Over 70 golfers and 19 sponsors participated in the Piedmont Chapter’s Golf Tournament. The event raised over $6,000 to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System.

EYDonates to Pendleton Place

EY employees in Greenville donated more than 150 volunteer hours to Pendleton Place in just one day. Pendleton Place provides support, structure and guidance to children hurt by abuse and neglect. Through the global Ernst & Young organization’s annual EY Connect Day, employees from member firms across the Americas take time to volunteer and make a positive impact in their local communities. Community engagement is one of the ways EY fosters high performance teaming.

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Feeding the Hungry

The Foothills Chapter held its first annual canned food drive to benefit the Hope Center for Children in Spartanburg. In addition to individual donations the following firms and companies also participated: Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP; Cherry Bekaert, LLP; McAbee Swartz, Halliday & Co.; Tindall Corporation; Barnet; PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP; SwaimBrown, PA; and Gosnell, Menard, Robinson, & Infante CPAs. The Grand Strand Chapter organized a food drive to benefit Hope House of Myrtle Beach and South Strand Helping Hand in Surfside. Collection points

Other Individual Contributions Deanna Cochran, CPA, supported the mission of the Carolina Cancer Foundation in Myrtle Beach with a monetary donation.

Jessica Hatchell, CPA, Spartanburg, volunteered 10 hours in the Nearly New Shot and five hours with Home Run for Healthy Kids.

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Elliott & Painter, LLP in Spartanburg collected over 20 bags of groceries to benefit Hope Center for Children. The SCACPA staff would like to thank the following CPAs and CPE attendees for their contribution to Harvest Hope Food Bank: Katherine Churchwell, JoAnn Hebda, Beverly Winstead, Del Wooten, Cheryl Hamilton, Cynthia Taulbee, Christie Guest, John Hickman, April Lott, Brenda Carroll, Tiffany Davis, Liz Sharpe and Mark Stoudenmire.

Mical Embler, CPA, Greenville, donated his time to clergy appreciation month at his church. Al Munn, CPA, Florence, volunteered his time with Mercy Medicine Free Medical Clinic, a free medical and dental mission for the indigent and working poor. Susan Cribbs, CPA, Greenwood, volunteered with a local soup kitchen and children’s home.

YCPA Leadership Cabinet Works with Habitat for Community

The YCPA Leadership Cabinet spent the day framing a house for Habitat for Community in the Joppa Way neighborhood in North Charleston.


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The 2014 Professional Issues Update will be held in nine locations around the state beginning in August and will offer four hours of free CPE in personal development. Additional CPE may be offered by the chapter in conjunction with the PIU.


2013-2014 Dues: $90 (pays through June 30, 2014), includes discounted registration to CPE seminars and free family/networking event. • CPE tentative plans for 2014 include Accounting & Auditing Update, Federal Tax Update and several other CPE topics. • Spring Social: Announcement to come.


2013-2014 Dues: $75 (pays through June 30, 2014), includes discounted registration to CPE and free member events.


2013-2014 Dues: $75 (pays through June 30, 2014), includes discounted registration to CPE and free social events. • March 15: Mid-Season Tax Breather


2013-2014 Dues: $50 (pays through June 30, 2014), includes registration for CPE at a nominal fee.


2013-2014 Dues: $202 (pays through June 30, 2014), includes free registration to CPE seminars and special events. Please check your chapter’s web page regularly for information on upcoming CPE events and additional events as they are planned.


2013-2014 Dues: $195 (pays through June 30, 2014), includes free registration to CPE seminars (additional registration fee for Tax Update) and free registration to family/networking event. • Jan. 31: Financial Planning with Neil Brown (8 hours), Embassy Suites, N. Charleston • May: Accounting & Auditing Update/Fraud (8 hours) • Sept. 24: Technology with Randy Johnston (6 hours) and CPE (2 hours) • Oct. 28: Best Federal Tax Update with Jack Surgent (8 hours)


2013-2014 Dues: $60 (pays through June 30, 2014), includes discounted registration to CPE seminars and free social/networking events.


2013-2014 Dues: $187 (pays through June 30, 2014), includes free registration to CPE seminars; Holiday Party and Student Recruitment Fair. • Jan. 28: Annual Tax Update with Art Werner (8 hours), Springmaid Beach

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Cheryl Bennett Pruehs, CPA, has joined the firm of Carey & Company, Hilton Head Island.

Douglas L. Bleam, CPA, has joined the firm of Carey & Company, Hilton Head Island.

Adam Quattlebaum, CPA, has been named a manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Greenville office.

Roxanne Caldwell, CPA, has been named a tax partner in Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Greenville office.

Chelsea Shoolbred, CPA, has been promoted to in-charge accountant with Scott & Company, LLC’s assurance and advisory services team in Greenville.

Johnny Dowbak, CPA, has been named a manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Greenville office. Dean Cochenour, CPA, has joined the firm of Carey & Company, Hilton Head Island. Kelly Damiano has been promoted to in-charge accountants with Scott & Company, LLC’s assurance and advisory services team in Greenville. Andrew J. Duggan has joined Moore Beauston & Woodham L.L.P.’s Charleston office as a staff accountant. Charles “Chuck” Goessel, CPA, has been named a senior accountant with the Greenville office of Scott and Company, LLC. Neil Jones, CPA, has joined Colliers International South Carolina in Columbia as chief accounting officer.

Philip Williams, CPA, has joined Burkett Burkett & Burkett Certified Public Accountants, P.A., West Columbia.

Firm News

SuggsJohnson, LLC, a CPA and business consulting firm based in Anderson, has been named to the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s Bulldog 100 Rankings for 2014, the prestigious annual ranking of organizations that combine the highest compounded annual growth rate in revenues for the last three full years and which are also owned or operated by UGA Alumni.

Marcy Loucks, CPA, and Sheryl Medders, CPA, have been named shareholders with McKinley Cooper & Company, LLC in Greenville.

Harry D. DeLoach, CPA, and Ray L. Williamson, CPA, of DeLoach & Williamson, LLP and J. Truitt Brittingham, CPA, and William H. Hancock, CPA, of Brittingham, Brown, Prince & Hancock, LLC are pleased to announce the opening of their newest accounting firm The Brittingham Group in West Columbia.

Sabrina Preston, CPA, has been named a manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Greenville office.

Elliott Davis, LLC is pleased to be recognized for providing one of the Best Overall Internships in the

Ryan LaBrooy has been promoted to in-charge accountant with Scott & Company, LLC’s tax and advisory services team in Greenville.


Michael J. Twomey, CPA, has been named senior tax manager with Scott and Company, LLC, Greenville.

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James Edward Brogdon, 90, of Bennettsville, SC, died Nov. 11. He was the owner of Lundin-Brogdon Accounting, and an accountant for 61 years. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and an Army veteran of World War II. Brogdon joined SCACPA in 1953. Douglas David Kugley Sr., 69, of Tampa, Florida, formerly of Charleston, died Sept. 13. A SCACPA member since 1970, he was a 1966 graduate of The Citadel. Douglas was a member of the AICPA, the Coastal Chapter of SCACPA and a managing partner at McKnight, Frampton CPA. Henry Neal Webster, II, CPA, 51, of West Columbia died Dec. 2. A SCACPA member since 2000, he was a 1983 graduate of Bob Jones University and served with the S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff. n

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2013 Fall Conferences in Review

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Fraud Conference co-sponsored by the Palmetto Chapter of ACFE Sept. 26 | Columbia This third annual event, cosponsored by the Palmetto Chapter of the ACFE, was held at the South Carolina Bar Conference Center. By the time fraud hits the financial statements, it's too late. It has already occurred. Therefore, the tools and techniques you need to detect and deter fraud were discussed at the 2013 Fraud Conference. In your words… Good conference as always. The overall event was excellent. Eye opening! As a ACFE member, it was awesome training for the low price of $150 to members! Very good informative presentations by everyone. I liked the presentations that addressed current local fraudulent activity presented by the US Treasury agents.

Small Firms Conference Oct. 17 | Columbia The first event of its kind in South Carolina focused on the small firm and sole practitioner. Regulatory changes, legislative complexity, succession planning - these are all issues this group deals with on a daily basis. Topics covered at the conference included practice management, financial reporting, health care reform, peer review and CPA Firm 3.0. (888) 557-4814 |

Financial Planning Conference Oct. 22 | Columbia Navigating the complex world of financial planning is a challenge, especially in these changing economic times. The 2013 Financial Planning Conference presented industry experts on hot topics such as economy, DOMA, probate law, investing for income, and health care reform. In your words… On point to what we need... well worth it. Speakers did a great job of answering questions/giving advice. I liked the panel format for one of the sessions - very informative. On target with current income and economic environment.

Governmental Workshop Nov. 5 | Columbia This one-day, in-depth workshop designed for CPAs who have government clients or who work in the government sector featured national speaker David Cotton, presenting timely and practical information such as accounting for government contracts and grants, Benford’s law audit tool, ethical dilemmas and brainstorming, interviewing, and fraud detection techniques. In your words… The topics were very job relevant for me, and the speaker does a great job with his presentation. Good presentation skills. Kept the attention of the audience and was able to use real life examples.

He was very knowledgeable and presented everything in a manner which kept us involved. I enjoyed his sense of humor! I always love to see what topics will be in this conference. It's one of my two favorites. I love, love, love the fraud stuff. Very good exercise to close the conference.

A& A Conference Dec. 5-6 | Charleston Whether you are an auditor in the public arena or a CPA in industry, the 2013 Accounting & Auditing Conference was the end of the year event to keep you in the know on the crucial details needed for this area of accounting. The conference offered a combination of general and concurrent sessions with some old favorites such as Brad Newkirk and Mark Hobbs. New presenters covered a variety of topics. Judy Borsher discussed Excel and Privacy and Security Issues; George Beckwith presented private company financial reporting; and Joel Black, GASB Update. The highlight of this event was a Private Company Financial Reporting panel moderated by Chuck Talbert with panelists: George Beckwith, Mark Hobbs, Boyd Jones, and Karen Kerber. In your words… Great job. That is why I come to this every year. It was a very informational and enjoyable conference. All topics were very relevant. I would attend again. This event was extremely well organized and the speakers were excellent. n

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2014 - 2015 CPE Schedule The South Carolina Association of CPAs is your full-service, one-stop shop for quality CPE. With SCACPA you will find CPE options that are designed to fit your knowledge, budget, schedule and preferred method of learning. And be sure to stay up-to-date on our latest course listing at, more new programs appear all the time. This schedule is subject to change. Note: Conferences and workshops are highlighted in green.

April 4/28: Annual Financial Management Spotlight: Four Current Topics Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Executive Education 4/29: Corporate Finance Check-up: Renovate Your Analytical Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Executive Education 4/30: Excel Budgeting, Projections and Cash Flow Forecasting Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: ASA Research

May 5/01: QuickBooks for CPAs Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: ASA Research 5/01: Loscalzo’s Compilation and Review Practice Guide Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 5/02: Frequently Asked Questions of Employee Benefit Audits Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 5/06: Forensic Accounting: A Comprehensive Guide to Conducting Financial Fraud Investigations Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent


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July 5/07: Occupational Fraud: The Top 50 Tips on How to Prevent Executives, Managers, and Employees from Stealing and Not Getting Caught Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent 5/12: Annual Meeting Credits: 6 Location: Columbia Vendor: SCACPA 5/15-16: CPAs in Business & Industry Conference Credits: 16 Location: Columbia Vendor: SCACPA 5/21: Business Fraud Credits: 8 Location: Satellite Vendor: ACPEN 5/21: Government Conference Credits: 8 Location: Columbia Vendor: SCACPA 5/22: Nonprofit Conference Credits: 8 Location: Columbia Vendor: SCACPA

June 6/04: Get Ready for Peer Review Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA 6/05: Audits of 401(k) Plans Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA

6/09: Professional Ethics for South Carolina CPAs Credits: 6 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 6/23: Excel Bootcamp Everything You Need to Know to Build Great Spreadsheets Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: CPA Crossings 6/24: Productivity Tools Symposium - Outlook, Adobe, Word & OneNote Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: CPA Crossings 6/25: Not-for-Profit Accounting, Auditing & Tax Update Credits: 8 Location: Satellite Vendor: ACPEN 6/26: Loscalzo’s 2014 FASB and AICPA Update Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 6/27: Loscalzo’s Disclosure – The Key to Financial Statements Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 6/30: Loscalzo’s Special Purpose Frameworks Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo

7/14: 2010 Health Care Reform Act: Critical Tax and Insurance Ramifications For You, Your Business, and Your Clients Credits: 4 Location: Hilton Head Vendor: AICPA 7/14: Capitalized Costs and Depreciation Credits: 4 Location: Hilton Head Vendor: AICPA 7/14: Revenue in Transition Credits: 4 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 7/14: DAT - Emphasizing Revenue Credits: 4 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 7/15: Hottest Tax Planning Developments for 2014 Credits: 4 Location: Hilton Head Vendor: AICPA 7/15: Practical Tips and Techniques for Dealing with the IRS Credits: 4 Location: Hilton Head Vendor: AICPA 7/15: Loscalzo’s Compilation and Review Practice Guide Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 7/16: Taxation of Partnerships, LLCs , LLPs, LPs Credits: 4 Location: Hilton Head Vendor: AICPA

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August 8/11: Controller's Update Credits: 8 Location: Charleston Vendor: AICPA 8/11: Make Money for You and Your Clients: Surgent McCoy's Top Business Tax Planning Strategies Credits: 8 Location: Charleston Vendor: Surgent 8/12: Gaining and Sustaining a Competitive Advantage Credits: 8 Location: Charleston Vendor: AICPA 8/12: Getting More Active with the Passive Activity Rules and the New Net Investment Income Tax Credits: 8 Location: Charleston Vendor: Surgent 8/13: Advanced Controller and CFO Skills Credits: 8 Location: Charleston Vendor: AICPA 8/13: The Best Federal Tax Update Course by Surgent McCoy Credits: 8 Location: Charleston Vendor: Surgent

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8/20: Excel Best Practices Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: K2 Enterprises 8/21: PDF Documents Beyond the Basics Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: K2 Enterprises 8/25: Get Ready for Peer Review Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA 8/26: Performing an Engagement Review Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA 8/27: Compilation and Review Update Credits: 8 Location: Satellite Vendor: ACPEN 8/27: AICPA Peer Review Program Advanced Course Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA

September 9/10: Accounting & Auditing Update Credits: 8 Location: Satellite Vendor: ACPEN 9/15: Internal Control Essentials for Accountants, Auditors and Financial Managers Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: AICPA 9/15: Financial Analysis in a Metrics Driven World Credits: 4 Location: Greenville Vendor: Executive Education 9/15: Financial Leadership: Create and Deliver Value Credits: 4 Location: Greenville Vendor: Executive Education

9/16: Identifying Fraudulent Financial Transactions Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: AICPA 9/16: Finance and Innovation: Reinvent Your Department and Company Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: Executive Education 9/17: Forensic Accounting: Fraudulent Reporting and Concealed Assets Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: AICPA 9/17: Topic TBD - Executive Education Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: Executive Education 9/25: Fraud Conference Credits: 8 Location: Columbia Vendor: SCACPA 9/29: Professional Ethics for South Carolina CPAs Credits: 6 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo

October 10/16: Loscalzo’s Documentation Techniques for Entry Level Staff Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 10/20: NEW! Critical Decisions in Selecting the Best Retirement Plan for Small Businesses in 2014 Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent 10/21: Women in Leadership Conference Credits: 8 Location: Columbia Vendor: SCACPA

10/21: The Best Income Tax, Estate Tax, and Financial Planning Ideas of 2014 Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent 10/23: Small Firms Conference Credits: 8 Location: Columbia Vendor: SCACPA 10/28: Excel Pivot Tables and Data Commands Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: ASA Research 10/28: Financial Planning Conference Credits: 8 Location: Columbia Vendor: SCACPA 10/29: A CPA's Guide to Choice of Entity Update Credits: 8 Location: Satellite Vendor: ACPEN 10/29: QuickBooks for CPAs Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: ASA Research 10/30: Governmental Workshop Credits: 8 Location: Columbia Vendor: SCACPA

November 11/12-13: CPA Summit Credits: 16 Location: Columbia Vendor: SCACPA 11/17: Estate and Life Planning Issues for Middle Income Client Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent 11/18: Fiduciary Income Tax Returns - Form1041 Workshop Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent

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Focus on CPE 11/19: Understanding the Purchase and Sale of Businesses Credits: 8 Location: Satellite Vendor: ACPEN 11/19: Loscalzo’s Accounts Payable Fraud: Overlooked Schemes and How to Detect and Prevent Them Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 11/20: Social Security, Medicare, and Prescription Drug Retirement Benefits: What Every Baby Boomer Needs to Know Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: Surgent 11/21: Loscalzo’s Revenue Accounting in Transition Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 11/21: Shortcuts to Tax Cuts: Individual, Social Security & Retirement Planning Tools and Strategies Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: Surgent 11/25: Obama Care and Fringe Benefits: 2014 and Beyond Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent

December 12/01: Ethics and Our Profession: Our Role as Stewards Credits: 4 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Executive Education 12/01: Critical Thinking Skills for Financial Professionals Credits: 4 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Executive Education 12/02: Only Financial Officer: Skills for Smaller Company Financial Managers Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Executive Education 12/03: Know Your Costs: Double Your Profit Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Executive Education 12/03: Advanced Technical Tax forms Training LLCs, S Corporations and Partnerships Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent 12/04: Advanced Technical Tax forms Training: Form 1040 Issues Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent 12/05: Loscalzo’s Governmental Update and Major Accounting and Disclosure Issues Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo 12/8-9: Accounting & Auditing Conference Credits: 16 Location: Charleston Vendor: SCACPA


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12/10: Annual Tax Update Credits: 8 Location: Satellite Vendor: ACPEN

12/19: Comp and Review Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Loscalzo

12/10: Accounting and Auditing Update Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: AICPA

12/22: Federal Tax Update with Walter Nunnallee Credits: 8 Location: Myrtle Beach Vendor: Don Farmer

12/11: Financial Reporting Framework for SMEs Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: AICPA 12/12: Federal Tax Update with Walter Nunnallee Credits: 8 Location: Greenville Vendor: Don Farmer 12/12: The Complete Guide to Payroll Taxes and 1099 Issues Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent 12/15: FASB Update for Industry Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA 12/15: Federal Tax Update with Walter Nunnallee Credits: 8 Location: Columbia Vendor: Don Farmer 12/16: Accounting & Reporting for Not-for-Profits Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA 12/17: Not-for-Profit Accounting & Reporting: From Start to Finish Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA 12/18: Applying OMB Circular A-133 to Not-forProfit and Governmental Organizations Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA

January 2015 1/06: Getting Ready for Busy Season: A Guide to New Forms, Filing Issues and Other Critical Developments Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: Surgent 1/07: Basis/Distributions for Pass-Through Entities: Simplifying the Complexities Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA 1/08: Form 990: Comprehensive Approach Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA 1/12: Transforming Your Busy Season with Technology Tools You Already Use Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: CPA Crossings 1/13: Slashing Taxes for Your Small Business Clients: Corporations, Partnerships & LLCs Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA 1/14: AICPA's Annual Federal Tax Update Credits: 8 Location: West Columbia Vendor: AICPA

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