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Volume 62, Number 4

Protecting the Profession DEFENDING CPAS FROM THE DANGERS OF DEREGULATION

How to Become the Most Valuable Asset to a Cannabis CEO Washington State Board of Accountancy Proposes Revisions to CPE How CPAs Impact Local Government

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CONTENTS 4

Finding Balance as a Professional

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Washington State Board of Accountancy Proposes Revisions to CPE

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How to Become the Most Valuable Asset to a Cannabis CEO

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Meet the 2019-2020 Board of Directors

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The Future of the Foundation / Thank You to Foundation Contributors

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Thank You to CPAPAC Contributors

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Be a Time Monarch

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How CPAs Impact Local Government: Vicky Dalton

DEPARTMENTS 4

Leadership Lens

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Photo Album

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Board Nominees

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Chapters

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Foundation

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CPE Digest

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Advocacy

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Classified Ads

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News Briefs

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Member Profile

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Finding Balance as a Professional

As I write this, many of you are still in the throes of busy season or have just finished up hectic year-end reporting. The demands of work can be challenging, but if you are juggling work and also a family, the combination can be downright overwhelming. As a CFO of a growing SaaS company, a wife, and a parent to three daughters, I am often asked how I manage it all. Apparently from the outside, it looks like I have it down. Truth be told, there are days I am barely staying afloat. I have piles of books on my bedside table to help me better manage the career and family balance; however, I am too exhausted at the end of the day to crack the books open. This balance struggle isn’t one only mothers manage, but also fathers or anyone attempting to balance a highly rewarding but challenging career with a life outside of work. I haven’t yet met anyone who thinks they have the equation between work and life solved. I can assure you I don’t either, but I can share themes I have identified to help me survive. Letting Go of Perfection Early in my public accounting career in the midst of an 80-hour busy season week, one of my managers said, “You can’t be perfect in everything you do. You will have to pick and choose what is important.” Letting go of perfection is hard for most of us type-A accountants. I didn’t truly understand this until later in my career. For years, I was running myself ragged striving for perfection in everything I did. I still have those moments, but I have attempted over time to adjust my expectations of myself. Recently, I was late for my oldest daughter’s birthday party. Her friends were arriving at our house, yet I wasn’t home from work. I was frustrated feeling that somehow my tardiness equated to my failing as a mother. At some point

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By Kirsten Duke

As a working parent, there is always guilt. You won’t be able to attend every field trip. You might not be the super-stellar parent in your child’s classroom. You will inevitably miss some important moments. Accept that you won’t be able to do it all. Let go of the guilt and define what is important to you. during my drive home, I accepted the situation knowing that my husband was at our house where guests were arriving and my daughter, consumed with greeting her friends, would hardly notice I was 10 minutes late. Ultimately, my 10-minute late arrival did not ruin her birthday celebration, nor was I failing as a mother. In fact, with help from my husband plus a little from my parents, I somehow pulled off a party for 20 girls after working a full day in the office. It is important to remind ourselves that it’s okay to ask for help when we need it, it is okay that we aren’t perfect, and it’s healthy to recognize and celebrate our own accomplishments.

Define What Is Important There is a saying, “Leave the office at the office.” I find this incredibly challenging and am in awe of those who can actually do it. As a working parent, there is always guilt. You won’t be able to attend every field trip. You might not be the super stellar room parent in your child’s classroom. You will inevitably miss some important moments for your family. It is critical to accept you won’t be able to do it all. Let go of the guilt and define what is important to you. Sitting down as a family for dinner is important to our family. We don’t allow phones or computers at the table while we eat, and my husband and I attempt not to dominate the dinner conversation with our work. Instead, we ask our

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children about their days or whether they helped or did something nice for someone at school. Dinner may only last 15 minutes. It may not be a gourmet meal. It may not happen every night and, after a significantly stressful workday, I may break my own rule and monitor emails at the dinner table. However, both my husband and I do our best to protect our family dinner ritual. Putting my youngest to bed each night is another important ritual to me. I attempt to focus on her during this time. Admittedly, there are evenings while she and I are cuddled up together that she reads as I finish a work project. These nights are infrequent and aren’t ideal, but the bonus is that my nine-year old now has a budding fascination for Excel. Seek Flexibility Seeking out companies and leadership who support flexibility is critical to successfully managing career and family. I have been fortunate to find supportive companies and leaders throughout my career. I was on a flexible work arrangement for several years while at Ernst & Young, and I currently work a reduced schedule (80%) as the CFO of a growing SaaS company. I earned these arrangements by working hard and demonstrating my commitment to my leaders and the companies. I have realistic expectations that an 80% schedule doesn’t equate to a 32-hour work week in my current role as a C-level executive. However, the reduced schedule allows me the flexibility I need to better manage the balance between my career and my family. Flexibility is a two-way street. I love the flexibility I have in my career and I also recognize I need to allow flexibility in my life for my work. If I leave work early one day for a family commitment, another work day that week will likely be a long day. Just as important as finding a flexible leader to work with is being a flexible co-worker or leader yourself. When appropriate, I try to help those individuals who are trying to balance work with family. Is there someone around you who you can help?

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Time Management Maintaining flexibility involves purposeful time management. Creating focused time at work is critical and blocking my calendar is an effective method for doing so. I attempt not to allow Slack messages or emails to run my day, so that I can make headway on my “big rock” items. You won’t find me playing ping pong during the middle of the workday and you won’t find me going out to lunch unless it is for a meeting or team building. When I am in the office, I am purposeful with my time. There are days I eat lunch at my desk, so that I can wrap projects up. However, I also recognize the importance of my current role in connecting with people across the organization. As a result, I attempt to strike a balance between eating at my desk and also making an effort to eat lunch in our office common area to connect with others. Communication Balancing work and family requires strong and effective communication both at home and at work. At home, we have a family calendar in our kitchen. Each family member is assigned a color and activities are color-coded and included on the calendar. My family can look at the calendar to easily identify when my spouse or I will be traveling or what time and where their soccer game is. At work, my Google calendar is shared with my entire team and I keep it up to date. My team knows if I am working remotely, what hours they should expect me to be online, whether I need to leave early, or what time I will be heading out of the office. They also know how to contact me if I am not in the office. This ensures that the flexibility I have does not act as a roadblock to their progress. You Can’t Do It All - Ask for Help My career trajectory would not have been possible without help along the way. I didn’t get here on my own. I had help from my spouse, supportive leaders and peers, my parents, and my friends. My spouse and I aim to split our home responsibilities 50/50. We stay flexible though, since the split shifts with the

changing demands of our careers. There are certain weeks when my husband takes 80% and I take 20%, or other weeks when the inverse is true. We recognize neither one of us can manage the family responsibilities on our own. We are a team and rely on each other. When my schedule allows, I drive sports team carpools to help other working parents in our community. We all contribute what we can to help each other out. Carve Out Time for Yourself I have learned over the years that if I carve time out for myself each day, I am a better parent, team member, and leader. As a morning person, I wake at 5 AM while the house is quiet. After responding to work emails, I claim the next hour as “me time” reserved for exercise. I think more clearly and have a more positive disposition after I have exercised. Some of my clearest work ideas and solutions come to me during my morning runs (a concept recently supported by research). This time allows me to be more mentally balanced to approach the chaos of the day ahead. Lastly, there is an element of embracing chaos and giving yourself credit for doing the best you can. My household is chaotic as a result of both my husband and me juggling careers with a family, but we are raising three independent daughters who know what hard work looks like. And just maybe my nine-year-old, who has been exposed to Excel during her bedtime routine, will one day take that fascination and be inspired to become a CPA just like her mom!

Kirsten Duke, CPA, CGMA, is Chief Financial Officer at DomainTools and 2018-2019 Chair of the WSCPA Board of Directors. You can contact her at kirsten@ domaintools.com.

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Purposeful Advocacy

Last year the WSCPA rolled out its new purpose statement and strategies. Our purpose statement is, “We are a community of CPAs and financial professionals cultivating authentic relationships, unique learning experiences, and purposeful advocacy for our future.” When the Board of Directors was discussing this statement, there was a question about the meaning of purposeful advocacy for our future. It was a great question and one that I was excited to answer. In my time at the WSCPA, I have been able to observe this in action. Many people think about advocacy as weighing in on, or drafting bills, basically being a watchdog and staying on the defense. Although this is accurate and we do this every year, being purposeful for our future also requires strategy and planning. It requires a vision. As a CPA, your license is issued from a state board. This is true for many of the learned professions that require a license to work. However, our economy and way of life have been changing rapidly over the last few decades. Businesses may have physical locations in many states, and even if not, they are probably doing business in many states, or even globally, thanks to the internet. Leaders of the CPA profession saw this and made decisions to help CPAs better work with their clients. Much of this plan required purposeful advocacy. Nationally, there is a Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA), an outline of what ideal standards should be. This document is now in its eighth edition. Used as a guide, it can help ensure states have similar laws and regulations. It updates education requirements, as well as definitions. Having similar definitions allows for the profession to have substantial equivalency amongst states. Another key definition to have in alignment for all states is the definition of attest. The states have all worked hard to get our standards in alignment.

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From this building block, CPAs now have individual mobility in almost every single state and US territory. This means your license, unlike any other license for a learned profession, is recognized in other states, similar to a driver’s license. Washington was one of the first states to adopt this, and I think it is because we have forward-thinking leaders. Some states struggled to pass this legislation early on

Many people think about advocacy as weighing in on, or drafting bills, basically being a watchdog and staying on the defense. Although this is accurate and we do this every year, being purposeful for our future also requires strategy and planning. It requires a vision. since each state can only pass the ability to allow other licensees to come into their state. This struggle could have been from a lack of trust in others or a feeling of giving up something; in either case, it did not focus on the end vision. States are now working on passing firm mobility. Similar to individual mobility, this allows a public accounting firm to work in another state without obtaining a firm license, as long as they are licensed and in good standing with their state of residence. Again, Washington was one of the first to pass this, granting access to other states. Every year more states have been able to pass firm mobility. Washington has once again been a leader in the next to last frontier of mobility, across national borders. We are the first state to have limited mobility with our northern neighbors, in B.C. Canada. We

are working with our counterparts in British Columbia and they too endeavor to have limited mobility passed this year. Many other professions are just now trying to get interstate mobility as we have enjoyed for more than a decade. CPA leaders were definitely forward thinking, and willing to take calculated risks to keep our profession relevant, and to allow CPAs to better take care of their clients in this new economy. It was definitely purposeful advocacy. This is just one example and one challenge of many that the profession has overcome and will face. There are many challenges for and around the next generation of CPAs. Technology and diversity are key to future success. Rules and regulations will need to adapt to allow for new technologies to be used in audit, attest, and other lines of work. CPAs in the workforce have the challenge of constantly learning and adapting. Future CPAs will need to be diverse in thought and background to help drive the profession forward. In January 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a World Economic Forum speech, “The pace of change has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again.” Regardless of whether this remark energizes you or overwhelms you, the pace of change is not something we can ignore. I feel privileged to work with a profession and leaders who are willing to embrace and instigate change, instead of allowing it to just happen to us. Kimberly Scott, CAE, is President & CEO of the Washington Society of CPAs, and Executive Director of the Washington CPA Foundation. You can contact her at kscott@ wscpa.org.

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CPE REVISIONS

Washington State Board of Accountancy Proposes Revisions to CPE By Mark Hugh During 2019, the Washington State Board of Accountancy is proposing to revise its rules on continuing professional education (CPE). Any draft revisions will be published in spring 2019 for public comment with anticipated full adoption in fall 2019. In 2016, the Statement on Standards for CPE programs was revised. This statement is a national professional standard that is modified by both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). These revisions resulted in changes to Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA) Model Rules maintained by NASBA. When the Model Rules are adopted by state boards, acceptable CPE programs will include “nano-learning” and “blended learning” programs, as well as other changes. “Nano-learning” is a tutorial program designed to permit a participant to learn a given subject in a 10-minute time frame using electronic media (including technology applications and processes and computer-based or web-based technology) and without interaction with a real-time instructor. A nano-learning program differs from a self-study program in that it is typically focused on a single learning objective and is not paper-based. To provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the course, CPE program sponsors of nano-learning programs must require participants to successfully complete a two-question qualified assessment with a passing grade of 100% before issuing CPE credit for the course. “Blended learning” is an educational program incorporating multiple learning formats in a single program, such as group live education, group web-based learning, and nano-learning. As a result of these national changes, the Board is proposing to adopt several changes to Washington’s

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CPE rules consistent with new national standards, and rewrite Washington’s CPE rules to be more consistent with revised UAA Model Rules, while still maintaining unique and longstanding Washington differences from the Model Rules. The major changes proposed from previous Washington CPE rules are: •

Nano-learning will be an allowable CPE format, but the total number of nano-learning credits is limited to 10%, or no more than 12 of the 120 hours in any three-year reporting cycle. Currently, a CPA can earn up to 64 hours of annual credit for service on or to the Washington State Board of Accountancy, up to 72 hours of credit in a reporting period for being the first-time instructor/ developer of CPE courses, and up to 30 hours of credit in a reporting period for published articles, books, and other publications. Under the revisions, no more than 60 hours of CPE credit in the aggregate will be allowed in any three-year cycle for Board service, first-time instructor/developer of CPE courses, and authorship of published articles, books, and other publications. A CPA will be required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPE in each year of the three-year reporting cycle. Board service, first time instructor/developer, or authorship of published materials will not count towards the 20-hour minimum. Currently, non-technical CPE, including subjects such as personal development and practice management, cannot exceed more than 24 hours in any threeyear reporting cycle. But under the proposed revisions, non-technical CPE credits will be limited to no

more than 60 of the 120 hours in any three-year reporting cycle. The “pre-lapsed renewal” process will be eliminated. “Pre-lapsed renewal” has been a process for CPAs who fail to obtain required CPE during their three-year reporting period and who also did not request an extension before the December 31 end of their reporting period. Under the current rules, these CPAs pay a $480 reinstatement fee. Under the revisions, CPAs are given an automatic extension of time to obtain CPE, but only one extension is granted for any two consecutive CPE reporting periods (six-year period). A CPA who obtains an extension request for the first CPE reporting period and fails to obtain required CPE for the second successive reporting period is ineligible for any extension and will be subject to the disciplinary process.

CPE reciprocity will be allowed for Washington CPAs who are residents of other states. The Board will be publishing proposed changes for comments by CPAs and members of the public. You can follow these proposed revisions in the Board’s newsletter and the Board’s website at www.acb.wa.gov.

Mark Hugh, CPA, is the principal of Mark Hugh PLLC. He is a CPA member of the Washington State Board of Accountancy. You can contact him at mark@ markhugh.com.

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CANNABIS ACCOUNTING

How to Become the Most Valuable Asset to a Cannabis CEO By Andrew Hunzicker

1. Cannabis is the most tightly-regulated industry in the U.S., posing unique financial challenges to business owners and CEOs. 2. Many cannabis companies are evolving out of the black market, with no knowledge of how to properly navigate accounting and tax procedures. Together, these factors result in a demand for qualified CPAs and bookkeepers that are educated on the nuances of serving businesses in the cannabis space. Since most large accounting firms are avoiding this sector while cannabis is federally illegal, there is a sizable lack of qualified cannabis accountants. This is where individual CPAs and smaller firms can take the reins. Cannabis businesses are subjected to tricky tax restrictions. Profit potential is limited for cannabis businesses, thanks to strict tax regulations including the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Sections 280E and 471. For instance, under IRC 280E, cannabis companies are prohibited from deducting any business expenses due to the federal status of marijuana as a Schedule I substance. This means cannabis businesses are only allowed to write off the Cost of

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Zig Ziglar said, “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” As CPAs and financial professionals, we’ve been practicing that for many years as we assist clients and our organizations. If we can help our clients make more money, sleep at night knowing their books and taxes are done properly, and improve their ROI and cash flow by adding value to their firms, they will gladly pay us more money. There are specific challenges with the cannabis niche, however, that particularly offer new opportunities for CPAs and set Canna-businesses apart from other sectors: Goods Sold (COGS), which significantly increases taxes. Correct cost/absorption accrual accounting is necessary to ensure compliance with regulations. The key to mitigating these complications? Keeping books up-to-date and including supporting documentation, maintaining tied out monthly accounting work papers, and performing cost and GAAP accrual accounting in recurring financials to maximize benefits under IRC 471-11. So what does that mean in terms of how you actually provide cannabis CEOs and investors significant value? In addition to being reliable and available, you can offer your clients a long list of measurable deliverables: • Correct cannabis accounting • Minimizing taxes while staying compliant with GAAP and IRS • Maximizing peace of mind around compliance with IRS, state, and other agencies • Maximizing cash flow by providing key metrics around their business including product and shelf profitability and effectiveness of their marketing (ROI tracking/i.e., increasing dollars to bottom line) • Better cash forecasting

• Client data portal (to provide client/ auditor/investor/lender access to all documents, accounting, support, etc.) which increases valuation of their overall firm • Internal controls (including a month end tie out system) • Corporate governance guidance • Timely and proactive tax planning These items provide significant value to the CEO and investors, both short term in the day to day, and the long term. We’ve found that CEOs will gladly pay higher prices for these types of services as they realize a real return on their investment. How can you also give cannabis CEOs world-class service? 1. Become an expert in cannabis accounting (farm, manufacture, food, retail) and cannabis tax issues. 2. Learn how to help your clients comply with 280e/471 and maximize their allowable COGS allocations, and understand clearly all recent IRS cases around cannabis. 3. Participate in the cannabis community by attending conferences and other events where you can meet CEOs. 4. Commit to learning continuously and staying current with all cannabis industry aspects, particularly

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accounting and tax, but also operations, software, cash issues, banking, etc. 5. Provide first class accounting process and work (solid record keeping, cannabis chart of accounts, accrual/ GAAP entries, month-end tie out reports, cost accounting support, usable financials, forward-looking cash forecasts, consolidations, books that are 100% audit ready at all times, and tax support work-papers). 6. Help your client set up strong accounting policies, procedures, and internal controls and document the standard operating procedures in writing. 7. Assist your client in creating a virtual data room, where their documents (legal, corporate, contracts, leases, insurance, accounting, banking, payroll, HR, etc.) are always up-to-date, organized, and sharable). This is of tremendous value to the cannabis CEO who needs to be ready for investors, lenders, auditors, state compliance, and exits/joint ventures. 8. Create a knowledgeable, supporting team that has every skill set (cannabis, accounting, and legal) to enable you to address client questions and work jointly to serve clients as needed. Specializing in cannabis accounting will pay off—and make you indispensable. Even the smallest of cannabis

businesses can generate multimillion dollar revenue over a short span of time. Growing and expanding quickly, these companies have the ability to meet sizeable accounting fees and generously compensate the critical skillset you are bringing to the table. In a confusing industry wrought with banking issues and difficulty complying with FDA, OSHA, and state and federal regulations, CEOs understand the value of bringing in a qualified professional to assist with accounting—after all, the success of their business depends on it. Many cannabis businesses are unaware that an IRS audit could likely expose compliance problems they didn’t even know existed from prior year tax returns. These companies are running the risk of being slapped with steep fines and even being shut down altogether. By forming a specialty in the cannabis niche and providing solutions to the common pain points that cannabis CEOs face on a daily basis, you will make yourself invaluable to them. There are helpful resources available to teach you the ropes. For individuals looking to enter this highly nuanced and still maturing industry, it’s essential to begin honing your skills and learning the ins and outs of cannabis accounting. Fortunately, you’re not alone. There are numerous educational resources

to turn to for more information on cannabis accounting, beginning with the AICPA website. In addition, training programs have been designed specifically for the purpose of equipping finance professionals with the tools of the trade, along with a supportive network of peers available to help. My company, DOPE CFO, happens to offer such a program. Armed with this specialized knowledge and skill set—and with the freedom and flexibility to work remotely—you will soon be providing world-class financial services to cannabis businesses. Ultimately, this business move will open you up to a new source of clients and revenue not previously available. In a market projected for substantial growth in the coming years, now is the time to dive into the challenging, yet fruitful, cannabis realm; it’s a space in dire need of your expertise. Andrew Hunzicker is founder and partner of DOPE CFO. You can contact him at andrew@ cfobend.com. Join Andrew at the Bottles, Brews & Buds Conference, August 2. Learn more at www. wscpa.org/bbb.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2019-2020 Board of Directors Nominees The Board of Directors is pleased to present for your review nominees for the Society’s 2019-20 Board of Directors. In accordance with Article VI of the bylaws, all nominees will be declared elected by the secretary at the annual meeting unless other nominations, supported by at least one percent of membership, are received by April 1, 2019. If a contest for one or more positions develops, an election for those positions will be held at the meeting.

Jared Theis, CPA

Moses Man, CPA

Kris Lambright, CPA, CGMA

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Jared M. Theis, CPA, is an Audit Senior Manager in the Seattle office of KPMG LLP, working remotely out of Spokane. He provides financial statement and internal control audit services to a variety of public and non-public companies, primarily in the forest products, manufacturing, and real estate industries. Jared maintains an in-depth understanding of requirements and standards of the PCAOB, FASB, SEC, and Private Company Council. He is also frequently a guest speaker at various professional events and local college campuses, and currently serves as a member of the Accounting Advisory Boards for Washington State University and Eastern Washington University.

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Moses Man, CPA, is the CEO of M Squared Tax PLLC, a CPA firm specializing in international taxation. His practice focuses on US international tax planning and compliance for small businesses and individuals. Prior to launching M Squared Tax, Moses spent 11 years at national and regional accounting firms serving multinational companies, including startups, venture capital funds, and Fortune 500 companies. Moses earned his B.A. from Seattle University and his Masters in Taxation from the University of Washington. Moses serves as an adjunct accounting and tax professor at both Seattle University and the University of Washington. A member of the WSCPA Board of Directors, he is also the chair of the International Tax Resource Group at the WSCPA.

Kris L. Lambright, CPA, CGMA, is the Chief Financial Officer for YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish. She has been with the YWCA since 1999, CFO since 2004. Kris oversees accounting/ payroll, facilities and asset management, investments, and management information systems. Her prior work experience included government, public accounting, and private industry accounting. Kris is proud to serve as a WSCPA board member and is active in the WSCPA’s Not-for-Profit Resource Group. She also serves on the boards of College Spark Washington and the UW Alumni Association. Kris was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as CFO of the Year in 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and lives with her husband Tim in Seattle.

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Meet the Incoming Chair: Amanda O'Rourke, CPA

Sara Bailey, CPA

Andrew Brajcich, CPA

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Sara E. Bailey, CPA, is a Tax Senior Manager at Moss Adams, LLP. Prior to becoming an accountant, Sara spent four years in the U.S. Army as a Blackhawk Mechanic. She has practiced public accounting since 2011. Sara serves as a business advisor to food, beverage, and agribusiness companies focusing on business consulting, tax planning and compliance, long-term succession planning, entity structuring, and long-term strategic solutions. Sara received her accounting degree from Central Washington University and is currently pursuing a MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management at Purdue University.

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Andrew Brajcich, CPA, JD, LLM, is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Andrew joined academia in 2012 and has been recognized thrice as the Masters Outstanding Faculty of the Year. He was named by the financial literacy and education website nerdscholar.com as one of the “2015 Top 40 Under 40 - Professors Who Inspire.” Andrew previously worked in the International Tax Services Group at Deloitte Tax LLP and served in the Peace Corps. He earned a BBA in Accounting from Gonzaga, a JD from the University of Florida, and an LLM in Tax from the University of Washington. His research is focused on international, individual, and S corporation tax. He also teaches continuing professional education throughout the country. When not on campus, Andrew and his wife Alex try to keep up with their two boys.

Amanda V. O’Rourke, CPA, is a Partner at Greenwood Ohlund, a mid-sized firm in North Seattle. She works with closely-held businesses, nonprofits and individuals, providing traditional accounting and custom consulting services. Born and raised in Washington, Amanda spent her professional life in Seattle. She has been an active member of the WSCPA including the Not-for-Profit Resource Group and, for the last five years, the Board of Directors. Board service has allowed Amanda opportunities for meaningful work with organizations whose mission is about a greater good. In addition to her work at the WSCPA, she has been a longstanding board member for the Seafair Foundation and a member of 501 Commons Finance Committee. Amanda earned her BA in Accounting from the University of San Diego. Once back in Seattle, she received a certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. Amanda lives in Ballard with her husband and two kids. She tries to garden and appreciates any excuse to be outside. Occasionally she gets back up on a surf board but accounting remains her preferred day job.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Aaron Dawson, CPA

Diane Pietrowski, CPA

Leslie Sesser, CPA

Position

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Aaron R. Dawson, CPA, is the Managing Shareholder of Opsahl Dawson CPAs based out of Vancouver, Washington. He has been the Managing Shareholder of the paperless “new age” CPA firm since purchasing the firm with his wife Jen Dawson, CPA, in 2009. Over the past 10 years, Aaron and Jen have grown the firm from 20 to 50 employees, making it southwest Washington’s largest CPA firm. Aaron is a graduate of Western Washington University and was previously a Tax Manager at Clark Nuber in Bellevue. Outside of accounting, Aaron enjoys coaching soccer for his three daughters and skiing with them in the mountains. Aaron also serves on boards for WSU Vancouver and the Boys and Girls Club of SW WA.

Diane Pietrowski, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer at Plymouth Housing Group, a non-profit in Seattle providing permanent supportive housing for the homeless. A graduate of the University of Washington, Diane began her career at Loveridge Hunt CPAs, specializing in audits of affordable housing. After 13 years in public accounting, Diane served as Controller at Quantum Management Services, before joining Plymouth in 2007. Diane was a founding board member of the Affordable Housing Management Association of Washington, and currently serves on the finance committee of Path with Art. She was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a CFO of the Year finalist in 2012. In her spare time, Diane enjoys traveling with her husband Mark.

Leslie A. Sesser, CPA, is an Assurance Senior Manager at Finney, Neill & Company, P.S., where she serves not-for-profit organizations and real estate clients, including affordable housing, low income and historic tax credit projects. Leslie began her professional career in assurance at Ernst & Young, LLP and also served as the Learning Manager for the firm’s West Coast Advisory practice. Leslie received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from George Fox University in 2001 and her CPA license in 2002. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the WSCPA Not-For-Profit Resource Group and as Treasurer of both her church and homeowner’s association.

REMAINING ON THE BOARD These members currently serve on the Board of Directors and will continue serving on the Board: Chair:

President & CEO:

Directors:

Amanda V. O'Rourke, CPA

Kimberly D. Scott, CAE

Bill Reed, CPA, CGMA

Immediate Past Chair:

Directors:

Kirsten S. Duke, CPA, CGMA

Christina J. Gehrke, CPA

Thomas J. Sulewski, CPA Susan L. Thomson, CPA

Lowel J. Krueger, CPA

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WASHINGTON CPA FOUNDATION

The Future of the Foundation By Peter Miller

On May 31, my term as a Washington CPA Foundation Trustee will come to a close. During my four years on the board, I have had the distinct honor to serve as the chair of the Scholarship Review Committee. While I plan to continue as a volunteer scholarship reviewer, I have been reflecting on my time in this role. Some very remarkable changes have taken place since I first joined the board in September 2015. I would like to thank my fellow board members and committee members, the volunteer scholarship reviewers and, of course, the wonderful staff of the WSCPA for their hard work and dedication to the profession and all the students who chose accounting as a career. They say timing is everything. I happened to be sitting in the chair at the right time, but so much of what has been accomplished was in motion well before I arrived and is the result of the work and commitment of so many others these

past years. Nevertheless, the progress is staggering and worth celebrating. In 2015, the Foundation awarded scholarships to 21 deserving students. After the 2015 scholarship season, a scholarship fund was created through legislation utilizing funds from the Washington State Board of Accountancy. The Washington CPA Foundation was contracted to manage that fund. At that point, things really started to take off. During the three completed scholarship seasons since I joined the board, 178 scholarships have been awarded, for a grand total of $890,000. Including the cycle currently in progress, over 1,200 applications have been started in the last four seasons, and 115 scholarship reviewers have volunteered their time and talent to the process (over 1,000 total hours for each scholarship season). During this time, the Roy J. Polley Endowment and the Rich Jones Accounting Scholarship Fund have been added as well.

Thank You to Foundation Contributors Thank you to the contributors, individuals, and organizations that support the work of the Foundation. You allow us to support a promising group of students and show them how much they are supported by the profession. It is exciting to show students that their future peers are also their supporters. We also want to thank the 50+ members who volunteered their time to review the applications. It is time consuming, fast-paced, and tough decisions have to be made. The program would not have the outstanding outcomes without them. Lastly, we want to celebrate over 70 accounting students in the state of Washington who recently were selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship. These students are extremely bright and excited about the accounting profession. Other applicants also showed remarkable potential for success. With your help, the Foundation will continue to advance the accounting profession in Washington State by connecting with and supporting these students, their educators, and others interested in the profession’s future.

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The future is bright! The Foundation continues to evaluate new and innovative strategies for investing in the future of the accounting profession. Accounting students at Washington colleges and universities have a tremendous opportunity before them with the funds secured for future scholarships. This leads me to one last thank-you, a thank-you to the students. Much has changed in the last four years, but what remains the same is the quality of the students who are impressive and talented. It has been an honor to hear your stories and provide support on your journey. Onward and upward! Peter Miller, CPA, CFE, is a shareholder with Clark Nuber, PS. You can contact him at pmiller@ clarknuber.com.

“My gratitude cannot be expressed enough. One day, I aspire to stand with the rest of the CPAs in Washington to help pass down this amazing scholarship to motivated students.” - Seeyoun Seong, 2018 Scholarship Winner

“Thank you for supporting my goals and the goals of the other scholarship recipients. Thank you for your aid to the aspiring CPAs of Washington State.” - John Wollam, 2018 Scholarship Winner

“One day I will be able to help other students achieve their goal of becoming a CPA just as you have helped me, and I hope to make you proud. Thank you for your generosity.” - Xiangyan Wang, 2018 Scholarship Winner

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Foundation Contributors These contributors donated to the Washington CPA Foundation between March 2018 and February 2019. Named Scholarship Contributors and Endowments ($5,000+) Clark Nuber Accounting Scholarship CliftonLarsonAllen Accounting Scholarship Shimer Family Foundation / Deloitte Accounting Scholarship EY Accounting Scholarship KPMG Accounting Scholarship Moss Adams Accounting Scholarship Peterson Sullivan LLP Accounting Scholarship PwC Accounting Scholarship Sambataro Family Foundation TrueBlue Inc Rich Jones Accounting Scholarship by Deloitte Roy J. Polley Memorial Endowed Scholarship Waterman Endowed Scholarship Senior Executives Circle ($1,000-$2,500) Robert L Bunting Christopher W. Hesse, CPA Executives Circle ($500-$999) Pat L. Bohan, CPA, CGMA, CGFM Jolene G. Cox, CPA Jacqueline L. Davidson, CPA, CGMA Richard E. Jones, CPA, CGMA Kris L Lambright, CPA Moses Man, CPA Rhonda S. Powell, CPA David D. Schelert, CPA William A. Simer, CPA Jared M. Theis, CPA Leaders Circle ($250-$499) Erika Cecilia Amezquita, CPA, CGMA Diane Bingaman, CPA Adele Brady Bolson, CPA Justin A. Bourn, CPA Thomas G. Donaghy, CPA Scott E. Eschbach Christina J. Gehrke, CPA, CIA, CrFA Mark Alan Hugh, CPA Brett James Jordan, CPA, CGMA, CIA, CFSA Lowel J. Krueger, CPA, MBA Glenn M Light

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Gerhard G Mueller, PhD Amanda V O'Rourke, CPA Diane Pietrowski, CPA Bill Reed, CGMA Kimberly D Scott, CAE Sound Community Bank Thomas J. Sulewski, CPA Ronald L. Tilden, MBA David E. Trujillo, CPA, CGMA Edward C Wartelle, CPA Hayden B. Williams, CPA, CGMA Senior Contributor ($100-$249) Erica Marie Ash, CPA, MBA Robert W Ash Mark A Avitt, CPA Dawn Esther Beck, CPA Michael C. Berry, CPA, CFP Sidney H. Boles, CPA Adele Brady Bolson, CPA Wayne R Borkowski, MBA Kai F. Bottomley, CPA Suzanne C. Chaille, CPA Amanda Yiwen Chang, CPA, MSTax Roger F. Clark, CPA Robert M. Cole, Jr, CPA, CGMA, MA Craig Stephen Connell, CPA Jay F Cramer Bonnie Lynn Curran, CPA Carol Elaine Didier, CPA Kirsten Simpson Duke, CPA, CGMA Leon F. Ficker, CPA Daniel W. Fisher, CGMA Joseph R. Forde, CPA Robert L Gerth Brian G. Gosline, CPA, JD Charles E. Hallett, IV, CPA, CGMA Gregg D. Jordshaugen Michael J. Kander, CPA, CIA Gary P. Kirchner, CPA Terri L Kitto Antonio M Laliberte, JD Donald W. Luby, CPA Sam Sam Martin, CPA, MBA, CFP Lillian Leslie McDonell, CPA, MBA Louis H. Mills, CPA Sandra J. Moss, CPA Terence V O'Keefe Molly M Philopant Sharon Kay Philpott, CPA Julleen J. Snyder, CPA, CGMA Terry D. Sodders, CPA Cynthia Jo Spencer, CPA, CGMA Gayle Ann Stetson, CPA Rebecca Beryl Stevens, CPA Michael D. Sweeney, CPA Edward D. Thomas, CPA Robert A. Underhill, CPA, JD William Lloyd Wells

Supporting Contributors ($1-$99) Lisa Rose Adams, CPA Carmen J. Aguiar, CPA, PFS, CFP Lydia I Ahn, CPA Michael R. Ammerman, CPA Alex T. Anderson, CPA Todd Stanley Arkley, CPA Gordon P. Asheim, CPA Melvin W. Ashland Phillip C. Baber, CPA Nicki L. H. Bailey, CPA John P. Baker, CPA Mary Eileen Baker, MSTax Marc G. Bateman, CPA Pamela Jean Beaton, CPA Diana Lynn Benson, CPA Robert Charles Best, CPA, JD Merrianne R Bieler Irene B. Birdsall, CPA Jennifer Lynn Bixel, CPA Gregg W. Blodgett Pat L. Bohan, CPA, CGMA, CGFM Megan Yeung Brady, CPA Paul W. Brandstetter, CPA William H. Bratton, CPA Rustin Porter Brewer, CPA Brian Richard Bronk, CPA David A. Brown Christine B. Brunner, CPA Gordon E. Budke, CPA Yasmin Lyn Caldwell, CPA Chimena Kristine Campbell, CPA Terry J. Campbell, CPA, MSTax Christopher M. Carlson, CPA, CCIFP Maria T. Carrion-Ochoa, CPA, CGMA Rebecca A. Cates, CPA Danny B Clark, CPA Alton R. Cogert, CPA, CGMA, CFA, CAIA R Douglas Collier, CPA Daniel Clancy Collins Elizabeth F. Copstead, CPA Gordon Robert Craig, CPA, CFE, CIA, CISA Cynthia Campbell Dabbs, CPA Stephen G. Dashiell, CPA Chris Davies, CPA, CMA Joseph P. Deacon, CPA Brenda Lee Dean, CPA, CIA Wesley L. Delaney, CPA Bruce J. Devereaux, CPA Julie A. Devine, CPA Billie Devore, CPA David L. Dierst, CPA Thomas N. Durrett, CPA Charles J. Dyer, CPA, CGMA, MBA Joseph Engel, CPA Robert J. Erickson, CPA, JD Kim E. Etlicher, CPA M Clydene Evans-Wenzel, RDH Scott Leroy Faires, CPA

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Charlotte R. Fairfield, CPA Joan Catherine Faubion, CPA Janice L Ferguson, CGMA George D. Fisher, CPA Marci Ann Flanery, CPA, PhD Norman H Frey James B Fulton, CPA Jack H. Gambill Steven C. Garber, CPA Chris A. Gates, CPA Dr Susan Gill Eleanor Ewing Gittelman, CPA Randolph Vincent Glein, CPA, PFS Bert R. Golla, CPA George D Goundry Donald W. Gracia, CPA, MSTax Matthew Lawrence Grajczyk, CPA Alan L. Gray, CPA Richard D. Greaves, CPA Gerald L. Greer, CPA Robert B. Gulrajani, CPA, CGMA, CEA, CSA, CFP Vaughn S. Hagen, CPA Lisa J. Hallmon, CPA Ageri Hansen Michael McAndrew Harman, CPA Darryl Loyd Harris, CPA Michael Patrick Hart, CPA, MPAC Cecile E. Haw Nancy Eileen Hayes, CPA Robert C Hayes, CPA Alicia Marie Heggerness, CPA M Suzanne Heidema, CPA Joshua Sumner Hemphill, CPA Patricia A. Hernandez, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CBM Shyh-Ing Hong, CPA William D. Hood Stephen J. Hopps, CPA Loren D. Hostek, CPA June E. Howard, CPA Michael James Howisey, CPA Paul V Hughes, CGMA, MBA Charles D. Huibregtse, CPA Michael K. Hutchinson, CPA Natalia Serge Jernegan, CPA Ronald A Johnson, MBA Kraig Andrew Jones, CPA Waylon P. Jones, CPA, CGMA, CFE Luther D. Jonson, CPA Mary E. Joyce, CPA Arthur Y Kageyama Osamu Kasuya Vildana Kato, CPA Raad T. Kattula, CPA James D. Kim, CPA Kristin L. Knopf, CPA, CGMA, MBA, MPAcc Kerry D. Konkler, CPA Karl J Korsmo Jocelyn Paige Krabbenschmidt Stroud W. Kunkle, CPA

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Teresa Lynn LaBonte Irene R. Laible, CPA Jordana L. LaPorte, CPA, MSTax Dr Margie Ness LaShaw, CPA Rick L. Linder, CPA Luellen H. Lockwood, CPA, MBA, EA Jessica J. Lustig, CPA John F. Lynch, CPA Peter L Madison, CPA Anthony Thanh Mai Elizabeth Ann Mance, CPA Michael John Mansfield, CPA Carrie Ann Martin, CPA Elizabeth Deak Masnari, CPA, CISA Daisaku Masuno Gregory Allen Matty, CPA Ronald A. Maus, CPA Eric Russell McCarthy-Zink, CPA Donald W McHargue James W. McKean, CPA Clinton B. Meadway Arthur D. Miles, CPA Sandra Kish Miller Ki Chul Min, CPA Donald W Mitchell Patricia G. Molnar, CPA Michael A Mugnolo Ryan L. Munn, CPA Alisa S. Na, CPA Kenshi Nagayoshi, CPA Bea L. Nahon, CPA, CGMA Judith Eng Nakatsu, CPA, MBA Stephanie Maria Neis, CPA, MBA David S. Nelson, CPA, CTRS Kaye J. Nelson, CPA Kristine T. Nelson, CPA, MPAcc Tasha Marie Nelson Mark Richard Newton, CPA, ABV Thomas P. Nicholas, CPA Clint A. Novak, CPA Donald G. Oellrich, CPA, MEd Aldryth Neilson O'Hara, CPA Joanne Lynn Ort, CPA, MPAcc Benjamin Page, JD Norman D. Paulson, CPA John I. Payne, CPA, CTP Ronald J. Perkins, CPA Dale G. Perry, CPA, CMA Jack B. Person, CPA Scott Thomas Petersen, CPA Michael Charles Plato, CPA Michael J. Plymale, CPA L Darrell Powell, CPA Edward L. Raisl, CPA Margo D. Reich, CPA Christopher J. Rieke, CPA Rachel M. Robert, CPA Frederick M Robinson, JD Donald L. Rodman, CPA, MBA

Lenore D. Romney, CPA, CFE, CVA Steven Donald Ross Harvey J. Rothschild, III, CPA, MBA Ken M Russell, CPA Richard H Russell Ronald D. Sabado, CPA, CMA, CGMA Stephanie Jeanne Salmon, CPA Abby Mae Sanders, CPA, CFE Susan J. Sanders, CPA Corey Alan Saunders, CPA Thomas P. Sawatzki, CPA Frederick W Schlect, CPA Sally G. Schloer, CPA Harold G Shapiro Christopher A Sherfey, MBA Jay T. Shilhanek, CPA Ralph Siegel Janis Harkins Simpson, CPA Orphalee Smith, CPA, PFS Russell Joseph Smith, CPA William J. Smith, CPA, CFE, CIA Stanley William Spavold, CPA Douglas D. Springer, CPA, PFS Cathy L. St John, CPA Charles T. Stadtmueller, CPA Nicholas Stagl William M Stanke Marie G.V. Sweet, CPA Duy-Linh Ta, CPA Linda M. Teachout, CPA Harold G Thompson, Jr Terry M. Thompson, CPA Susan Lynn Thomson, CPA Eric D Tilden Andrew To, CPA, CGMA, ABV, CM&AA, CFF Jasmin K Tumber Mark E. Ulloa, CPA John M. Urrutia, CPA, MSTax Susanne Wendy Vickerman, CPA, MSTax Thomas J Virgin, CPA, MBA Richard A Volk, CPA Franz Von Bradsky, MBA Dorothy R. Wagsholm, CPA Wayne F Walther Donald G. Watts, CPA Dennis O. Webb, CPA, MA Cecil R. Whitlock, CPA, MSTax, CSEP Jerry J. Wilkins, CPA Michele Williams Azucena A Wingard Natalie Wittrock Jacob Wood Shari A. Wood-Richardson, CPA Hannah Wright Justin Yamamoto, CPA Yvonne M York Stephen J. Zevenbergen, CPA Danielle Renee' Zlatich, CPA

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ADVOCACY

Protecting the Profession By Ashley Kittrell

At the time this article was written, the 2019 Legislature was more than halfway through their 105-day session. The number of bills introduced during legislative sessions is overwhelming. Representatives and staff review, write, and hear hundreds of proposals within a limited timeframe. While we can only attempt to predict what issues will be considered outside of each party’s stated priorities, we can get a good idea of what’s in the pipeline by observing growing trends across the country. For example, human resource issues such as paid family and medical leave have become a popular initiative in many states in response to federal inaction. One issue in particular that has quickly gained traction and directly affects the CPA profession is deregulation of occupations and professions. The intent of these proposals is to reduce or eliminate regulatory requirements and oversight for occupational licensing and certifications. The growing number of occupations that require a license or certification has raised concerns that unnecessary barriers to entry for occupations are being created, thus prohibiting many from finding jobs. Proponents argue that individuals spending hundreds of hours in the classroom and gaining practical work experience face overly burdensome requirements such as registration, exams, and fees. If an individual moves out of the state where he is licensed or certified, he is often required to complete similar training and requirements all over again. Since 2015, more than half of state legislatures have introduced proposals to eliminate or significantly change licensing regimes and requirements that have wide-reaching effects. For example, legislation introduced in West Virginia would allow unlicensed or

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Because these deregulation bills are written so broadly, learned professions tasked with consumer protection are often included. There will be harmful, unintended consequences for the CPA profession in particular if this legislation becomes widespread. uncertified individuals to provide certain services as long as the client signs a waiver acknowledging awareness of the individual’s lack of credentials. Because these bills are written so broadly, learned professions tasked with consumer protection are often included. There will be harmful, unintended consequences for the CPA profession in particular if this legislation becomes widespread. The continuing evolution of the CPA profession is multifaceted and spans decades. Nationwide efforts to allow interstate practices such as individual and firm mobility and CPE reciprocity significantly reduce the red tape and frustrating situations that many face when doing business or moving to another state. If these change, compliance across state lines will become more difficult and set the profession back decades. It is also important to consider what potential harm might be inflicted on the public if an unlicensed individual is hired to perform work that CPAs spend years learning and practicing. Another Enron, WorldCom, or Lehman Brothers? What disciplinary actions will an unlicensed individual face to ensure he is held

accountable and prevents further harm? Washington is certainly not immune to this issue. The WSCPA is always monitoring proposals to ensure that the pioneering measures to create mobility across state lines aren’t undone and continue to lead the way to more innovative solutions. We are also working to inform legislators of the dangers of including CPAs in these proposals and asking for careful consideration. Thank you to everyone who attended Hill Day and discussed the importance of the CPA license with legislators. While we cannot speak for others, appropriate oversight of the profession is necessary to shield the public from potential bad actors and to continue advancing the profession. Ashley Kittrell is the WSCPA Government Relations Coordinator. You can contact her at akittrell@wscpa.org or 425.586.1150.

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Thank You to CPAPAC Contributors Thank you for helping build a strong voice and create a successful future for the CPA profession with your generous contribution to the Certified Public Accountant PAC! As the only professional association advocating for CPAs in Olympia, your contribution ensures that the profession maintains a strong presence and increases legislators’ understanding of the critical role CPAs play in preserving the state’s business climate.

Your Contribution...

Supports fellow CPAs running for office.

Enables successful legislative initiatives.

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Ensures your voice is heard when important policy issues affecting the profession are considered.

CPAPAC Contributors These contributors donated to CPAPAC between March 2018 and February 2019. Firms Johnson & Shute PS Moss Adams Peterson Sullivan LLP PwC LLP Clark Nuber Sweeney Conrad Ambassador’s Club ($500+) Robert L Gerth Christopher W. Hesse, CPA Rhonda S. Powell, CPA Advocate’s Club ($100-$499) Justin A. Bourn, CPA Craig Stephen Connell, CPA Mary E. Dickinson, CPA Frank S Feeman, III Leon F. Ficker, CPA David Demarest Green, CPA, PFS, AEP, CFP William D. Hood Lowel J. Krueger, CPA, MBA Kris L Lambright, CPA Moses Man, CPA Bea L. Nahon, CPA, CGMA Molly M Philopant Bill Reed, CGMA Gayle Ann Stetson, CPA Rebecca Beryl Stevens, CPA Ronald L. Tilden, MBA David E. Trujillo, CPA, CGMA Robert A. Underhill, CPA, JD Cheryl K. Woods, CPA, CGMA Dawn Esther Beck, CPA Cameron Wiebe Donald Andrew Corbett, CPA Mark Alan Hugh, CPA Diane Pietrowski, CPA Jared M. Theis, CPA Hayden B. Williams, CPA, CGMA CPAPAC Member ($50-$99) Carmen J. Aguiar, CPA, PFS, CFP Erika Cecilia Amezquita, CPA, CGMA Benjamin Duncan Anderson, CPA Gordon P. Asheim, CPA Nicki L. H. Bailey, CPA Kiyosha B. Baird, CPA John P. Baker, CPA Marc G. Bateman, CPA David George Bembridge, CPA Michael C. Berry, CPA, CFP Robert Charles Best, CPA, JD Diane Bingaman, CPA

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Irene B. Birdsall, CPA Bruce E Bixler Jeffrey J. Bogdanovich, CPA, PFS Pat L. Bohan, CPA, CGMA, CGFM Adele Brady Bolson, CPA Brady William Borel Paul W. Brandstetter, CPA David A. Brown Christine B. Brunner, CPA Mary Ann Burns, CPA Terry R Caffey, Jr, CPA, CGMA, MSF Terry J. Campbell, CPA, MSTax Amanda Yiwen Chang, CPA, MSTax James E. Coates, CPA Robert M. Cole, Jr, CPA, CGMA, MA Jolene G. Cox, CPA Jay F Cramer Cynthia Campbell Dabbs, CPA Vicky M. Dalton, CPA, CGFM Brandon Lee Darden, CPA Stephen G. Dashiell, CPA Chris Davies, CPA, CMA Joseph P. Deacon, CPA Wesley L. Delaney, CPA Billie Devore, CPA Thomas G. Donaghy, CPA Kirsten Simpson Duke, CPA, CGMA Scott C. Eastham, CPA Joseph Engel, CPA Scott E. Eschbach Daniel W. Fisher, CGMA George D. Fisher, CPA Norman H Frey Jack H. Gambill Maria-Elena Garcia-Zapata, CPA, CGMA, MBA Chris A. Gates, CPA Christina J. Gehrke, CPA, CIA, CrFA Richard N. Ginnis, CPA Randolph Vincent Glein, CPA, PFS Bert R. Golla, CPA William J. Graham, CPA Rick H. Graham, CPA Matthew Lawrence Grajczyk, CPA Alan L. Gray, CPA Richard D. Greaves, CPA B Heath Gunn, CPA Vaughn S. Hagen, CPA Lisa J. Hallmon, CPA Ageri Hansen Michael McAndrew Harman, CPA Michael Patrick Hart, CPA, MPAC M Suzanne Heidema, CPA Teresa A. Herrin, CPA John R. Hodder, CPA Stephen J. Hopps, CPA Navzer Rustom Hormazdi, CPA, MSTax, MT Loren D. Hostek, CPA June E. Howard, CPA Charles D. Huibregtse, CPA Marc S. Hutchinson, CPA

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Michael K. Hutchinson, CPA Thomas M. Jeannet, CPA Waylon P. Jones, CPA, CGMA, CFE Brett James Jordan, CPA, CGMA, CIA, CFSA Mary E. Joyce, CPA Arthur Y Kageyama Osamu Kasuya Kristin L. Knopf, CPA, CGMA, MBA, MPAcc Jocelyn Paige Krabbenschmidt Mary Lynne Kuney, CPA Stroud W. Kunkle, CPA Irene R. Laible, CPA Jeff E. Leary, CPA, CFP Kwang Mok Lee, CPA John J. Lee, CPA Deborah Michelle Loober, CPA Jessica J. Lustig, CPA John F. Lynch, CPA Kurt C. Maass, MA Elizabeth Ann Mance, CPA Elizabeth Deak Masnari, CPA, CISA Daisaku Masuno Ronald A. Maus, CPA Eric Russell McCarthy-Zink, CPA Lillian Leslie McDonell, CPA, MBA Robert Paul McKinley, CPA Sandra Kish Miller Donald W Mitchell Mark J. Morrissette, CPA Craig K. Mueller, CPA Kristine T. Nelson, CPA, MPAcc David S. Nelson, CPA, CTRS Tasha Marie Nelson Mark Richard Newton, CPA, ABV Thomas P. Nicholas, CPA Clint A. Novak, CPA Gregory L. Oien, CPA Amanda V O'Rourke, CPA Joanne Lynn Ort, CPA, MPAcc Benjamin Page, JD Mawrseo F. Peralta, CPA Linda M. Perry, CPA, MT Jack B. Person, CPA Scott Thomas Petersen, CPA Sharon Kay Philpott, CPA Michael Charles Plato, CPA Michael J. Plymale, CPA Edward L. Raisl, CPA Robert J. Rebar, CPA Margo D. Reich, CPA Christopher J. Rieke, CPA Scott David Rodgers, CPA, MSTax Donald L. Rodman, CPA, MBA Lenore D. Romney, CPA, CFE, CVA Ken M Russell, CPA Richard H Russell Craig S. Ruthford, CPA Stephanie Jeanne Salmon, CPA Abby Mae Sanders, CPA, CFE Susan J. Sanders, CPA

Thomas P. Sawatzki, CPA James D. Schafer, CPA, MS Daniel J. Schroeder, CPA Harold G Shapiro Jay T. Shilhanek, CPA Ralph Siegel William J. Smith, CPA, CFE, CIA Orphalee Smith, CPA, PFS Stanley William Spavold, CPA Douglas D. Springer, CPA, PFS Charles T. Stadtmueller, CPA Sidney J. Starr, CPA, CGMA, CFF Thomas J. Sulewski, CPA Marie G.V. Sweet, CPA Duy-Linh Ta, CPA Linda M. Teachout, CPA Terry M. Thompson, CPA Harold G Thompson, Jr Susan Lynn Thomson, CPA Eric D Tilden Micah G Trautman Dino W. Traverso, CPA, MSTax Jasmin K Tumber Robert E Turner, CPA, MAcc Mark E. Ulloa, CPA Susanne Wendy Vickerman, CPA, MSTax Thomas J Virgin, CPA, MBA Dennis O. Webb, CPA, MA Cecil R. Whitlock, CPA, MSTax, CSEP H Thomas Wick Jerry J. Wilkins, CPA Michele Williams Natalie Wittrock Carol Ann Woo, CPA Justin Yamamoto, CPA Josh Josh Yeyni, CPA, PS Stephen J. Zevenbergen, CPA Contributors ($1-$49) Joseph B Boland Nicholas Stagl Hannah Wright Gordon Robert Craig, CPA, CFE, CIA, CISA Dave E. Hasslinger, CPA Ronald A Johnson, MBA Teresa Lynn LaBonte Peter L Madison, CPA Steven Donald Ross Richard A Volk, CPA Jacob Wood Rebecca A. Cates, CPA Brenda Lee Dean, CPA, CIA Donald G. Oellrich, CPA, MEd John M. Urrutia, CPA, MSTax Kelly Douglas Barber, CPA, MSTax Eleanor Ewing Gittelman, CPA George D Goundry Ryan L. Munn, CPA Judith Eng Nakatsu, CPA, MBA Leslie Harrison Redd, III, CPA

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TIME MANAGEMENT

Be a Time Monarch By Keita Williams

Time is literally your most valuable asset. Being in control of how and on what you spend your time can keep you from teetering over the burnout edge. I have a very controversial view on time management. I simply don’t believe in it. Management implies that it has free will and a choice in behaving. Stop trying to manage your time. Rule your time! Move your mindset from manager to monarch. You are the queen or king of your time. How does ruling your time differ from time management? It requires deeper self-awareness, discipline, and ferocity to protect and leverage your time as the powerful tool that it is. Here are three quick tips to help you rule your time. Don’t Be a Jerk to Your Future Self I love this old saying: “What you sow at night, you reap in the morning.” Invest a few minutes in the evening, so you can start your day off strong. What does that look like in practice? Before you leave the office or close your laptop for the night, prepare your nonnegotiable list for the next day. Take that extensive list and turn it into your Pick 6. Focus on the six most impactful tasks you can conquer the next day. Trust me, this activity will help you sleep better at night. No more running through all the things you forgot to do instead of counting sheep. When you start your day, you already have a plan of attack. I even apply this principle to my outfit choices. I lay out my clothes, under-

garments, and accessories the night before. In the morning, I don’t waste time trying to find the individual pieces or making up my mind on what I am going to wear. Practice the Art of Time Honesty One thing that can completely throw off your schedule is overestimating how much you will accomplish by underestimating how long it will take to complete a task. One of my time ruling tips is to practice “time honesty.” For every simple task, add 30 minutes. If you think it is going to take you 30 minutes, it is really going to take you an hour. For deeply technical involved tasks, buffer your timeline by 60-90 minutes depending on the level of complexity. Time honesty is a way to keep you on track with your deliverables and your sanity. I even use this methodology for commuting. If I think it is going to take me 30 minutes to get to my next meeting, I add an additional 30-minute buffer. I would rather arrive early and answer a few emails than arrive late in a sweaty panic.

time protecting so I can get this deliverable out the door. Can we schedule a time to chat a bit later? I want to give you my undivided attention.” Then, book the real meeting on the spot in both of your calendars. For those tasks that can turn into a total time suck, set a timer and stay within your allotted time. I use this technique for research and social media. I am a lifelong learner, so I easily fall down an information hole with research. I love to digest and consume new knowledge, so I must give myself 60 minutes. If I cannot find what I need in that timeframe, I call a lifeline. Similarly, I switched to checking social media three times a day. Once in the morning, once midday, and once in the evening. We are only scratching the surface on ruling your time with these three jumpstart tips. It takes commitment and consistency to put these into practice, but over time it gets easier. Keita Williams is the Founder and Chief Strategist of Success Bully. You can contact her at keita@successbully.com. Join Keita at the Women’s Leadership Summit on June 13, 2019, where she will share more about time management and goal setting. Learn more and register at www.wscpa. org/wls2019.

Protect Your Time Kingdom In an open format office, it takes a more concerted effort to stay on task. It is easy for people to stop by your desk to ask questions and chit-chat. While this is amazing for collaboration and real-time problem solving, this can throw us off pace to finish tasks. When you have one of these “pop-up meetings,” ask the person if it is mission critical. If it is not, simply say, “Hey Ted, I am

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EDUCATION AND EVENTS CPE Credits

Date

Course

EVENTS BY SUBJECT Type WSCPA#education and events scheduled for April 2019 August 2019 are listed below, chronologically by subject.

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CPE Credits

Date

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WSCPA Member Fee

Code

NonMember Fee

AICPA Member Discount

Location

NEED HELP finding a seminar or webcast? Call 800.272.8273 or 425.644.4800.

Course

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WSCPA Member Fee

NonMember Fee

AICPA Member Discount

Location

Accounting 4/17

4

Preparing Financial Statements for Clients WEBCAST, 12:30pm - 4pm

19WBCAP17A

120

188

Your Desk

4/17

4

Small-Business Financial Statements WEBCAST, 8:30am - 12pm

19WBCAP17B

120

188

Your Desk

4/18

8

GAAP Update WEBCAST, 8:30am - 4pm

19WBCAP18A

245

375

Your Desk

4/23

8

Key Ratio Analysis WEBCAST, 8:30am - 4pm

19WBCAP23A

245

375

Your Desk

4/23

8

Leases: Mastering the New FASB Requirements WEBCAST, 8am - 4pm

19WWLEASAP

295

395

Your Desk

4/23

8

Leases: Mastering The New FASB Requirements, 8am - 4pm

19LEASAP23

305

405

4/24

4

Accounting's Perfect Storm: A Moving Target! WEBCAST, 10am - 2pm

19WBAAP24A

129

159

Your Desk

4/24

8

Revenue Recognition: Mastering The New FASB Requirements WEBCAST, 8am - 4pm

19WWINRRAP

295

405

Your Desk

4/24

8

Revenue Recognition: Mastering The New FASB Requirements, 8am - 4pm

19INRRAP24

305

405

4/25

8

SSARS Codification: Preparation, Compilation and Review of Financial Information WEBCAST, 8:30am - 4:30pm

19WBCAP25B

245

375

Your Desk

4/26

8

Understanding and Creating an Internal Control Structure WEBCAST, 8:30am - 4pm

19WBCAP26A

245

375

Your Desk

5/1

4

Who Stole My Balance Sheet: The FASB Research Project Continues WEBCAST, 10am - 2pm

19WBAMY01A

129

159

Your Desk

5/2

4

Shorten Month End - Apply Lean Thinking to Your Month-End Closing Process WEBCAST, 7am - 11am

19WBAMY02A

139

169

Your Desk

5/4

2

Commonly Missed Analytical Procedures WEBINAR, 9am - 11am

19WNCMY04A

79

99

Your Desk

5/8

2

FASB's Revenue Recognition Topic 606 WEBINAR, 11am - 1pm

19WNCMY08B

79

99

Your Desk

5/9

2

Fiduciary Accounting for Estates and Trusts WEBINAR, 9am - 11am

19WNCMY09B

79

99

Your Desk

5/13

2

FASB's New Lease Accounting Standard WEBINAR, 11am - 1pm

19WNCMY13A

79

99

Your Desk

5/13

2

Payroll Fraud: Detection and Prevention WEBINAR, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

19WNCMY13B

79

99

Your Desk

5/16

2

Measuring and Reporting on Sustainability WEBCAST, 9am - 11am

19WBAMY16A

79

109

Your Desk

5/20

2

FASB's Revenue Recognition Topic 606 WEBINAR, 8:30am - 10:30am

19WNCMY20A

79

99

Your Desk

5/23

4

Accounting's Perfect Storm: A Moving Target! WEBCAST, 7am - 11am

19WBAMY23A

129

159

Your Desk

5/24

2

FASB's New Lease Accounting Standard WEBINAR, 10:30am - 12:30pm

19WNCMY24B

79

99

Your Desk

5/29

2

Commonly Missed Analytical Procedures WEBINAR, 9am - 11am

19WNCMY29A

79

99

Your Desk

5/29

4

Shorten Month End - Apply Lean Thinking to Your Month-End Closing Process WEBCAST, 11am - 3pm

19WBAMY29A

139

169

Your Desk

5/30

2

Defective Compensation Systems: When Bonuses and Incentives Go Bad WEBINAR, 1pm - 3pm

19WNCMY30B

79

99

Your Desk

8/1 8/2

9

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Bottles, Brews and Buds Conference, 8am - 5pm

20BBB

425

525

Bellevue

8/1 8/2

8

Bottles, Brews and Buds Conference WEBCAST, 8am - 5pm

20WWBBB

325

425

Your Desk

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Course

EDUCATION AND EVENTS WSCPA Member Fee

Code

Type

NonMember Fee

AICPA Member Discount

Location

Accounting (Governmental) 4/20

2

4/25

4

4/30

16

4/30

16

Performance Auditing Made Easy WEBCAST, 8am - 10am

19WBAAP20A

79

109

Your Desk

Government OPEB Accounting and Financial Reporting WEBCAST, 8:30am - 12pm

19WBCAP25A

120

188

Your Desk

Governmental Accounting & Auditing Conference 2019 WEBCAST, 8am - 5pm

19WWGAAC

375

475

Your Desk

L 

Governmental Accounting & Auditing Conference 2019, 8am - 5pm

19GAAC

385

485

SeaTac

Y

Auditing 5/6

8

Preventing, Detecting, and Investigating Identity Theft WEBCAST, 7:30am - 3:30pm

19WBBMY06A

279

349

Your Desk

5/6

8

Winning The Fraud Battle In The Digital Age: Prevention and Detection WEBCAST, 8am - 4pm

19WWCFVVMY

310

410

Your Desk

5/6

8

Winning The Fraud Battle In The Digital Age: Prevention and Detection, 8am - 4pm

19CFVVMY6

320

420

Bellevue

5/7

8

Internal Controls That Matter: Managing Risk With The Updated COSO Framework WEBCAST, 8am - 4pm

19WWCOSFMY

310

420

Your Desk

5/7

8

Internal Controls That Matter: Managing Risk With The Updated COSO Framework, 8am - 4pm

19COSFMY7

320

420

Bellevue

5/20

4

Fraud and Cash Receipts: Common Frauds and Internal Controls WEBCAST, 11:30am - 3:30pm

19WBBMY20A

179

229

Your Desk

5/28

2

Revenue Recognition—Risks NOT in the New Standard WEBINAR, 11am - 1pm

19WNCMY28A

79

99

Your Desk

6/17

8

Audits of 401(k) Plans WEBCAST, 8am - 4pm

20WWAFKPJN

295

395

Your Desk

6/17

8

Audits of 401(k) Plans, 8am - 4pm

20AFKPJN17

305

405

6/18

8

Annual Update for Accountants and Auditors WEBCAST, 8am - 4pm

20WWAUAAJN

295

395

6/18

8

Annual Update for Accountants and Auditors, 8am - 4pm

20AUAAJN18

305

405

L

L

L

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Bellevue Your Desk

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Bellevue

Auditing (Governmental) 4/23

8

Y

Cost Principles for State and Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations WEBCAST, 8:30am - 4pm

19WBCAP23B

245

375

Your Desk

4/26

8

Y

Government Auditing Standards WEBCAST, 8:30am - 4pm

19WBCAP26B

245

375

Your Desk

5/15

2

Y

Performance Auditing Essentials WEBINAR, 10:30am - 12:30pm

19WNCMY15B

79

99

Your Desk

5/15

2

Y

Yellow Book Standards for Performance Auditors WEBINAR, 7am - 9am

19WNCMY15A

79

99

Your Desk

5/17

2

Y

Controls Over Compliance: An Advanced Discussion WEBCAST, 2pm - 4pm

19WWCOCMY

85

100

Your Desk

5/17

2

L Y

Controls Over Compliance: An Advanced Discussion, 2pm - 4pm

19COCMY

95

110

Bellevue

5/17

2

Y

New Yellow Book: An Effective Implementation WEBCAST, 12pm - 1:45pm

19WWNYBMY

85

100

Your Desk

5/17

2

L Y

New Yellow Book: An Effective Implementation, 12pm - 1:45pm

19NYBMY

95

110

Bellevue

5/17

4

Y

Nonprofit Update WEBCAST, 8am - 11:30am

19WWNPUMY

170

200

Your Desk

5/17

4

L Y

Nonprofit Update, 8am - 11:30am

19NPUMY

180

200

Bellevue

5/17

8

Y

Nonprofit Auditing 2019 Bundle WEBCAST, 8am - 4pm

19WWNPABUN

295

395

Your Desk

5/17

8

L Y

Nonprofit Auditing 2019 Bundle, 8am - 4pm

19NPABUN

300

400

Bellevue

5/21

8

Y

The Single Audit from Beginning to End WEBCAST, 8am - 4pm

19WBAMY21A

195

245

Your Desk

L Live event |  Non-tech credits |  Conference | Y Yellow Book | l Chapter event | S Season Ticket/Coupons N/A |

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Date

#

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Course

Code

Type

WSCPA Member Fee

NonMember Fee

AICPA Member Discount

Location

Business Law 5/10

2

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Practical Compliance WEBINAR, 8am - 10am

19WNCMY10A

79

99

Your Desk

5/17

1

Member Exclusive: Employment Law Review WEBINAR, 12pm - 12:50pm

19LLMY17

0

0

Your Desk

Business Management & Organization 4/26

2

Open Book Management: Making it Work in the Real World WEBINAR, 9am - 11am

19WNCAP26A

79

99

Your Desk

4/30

4

Staff Retention: Attract and Keep the Best People WEBCAST, 7am - 11am

19WBAAP30A

129

159

Your Desk

5/3

2

4 Critical Factors to Create Sustainable Growth WEBINAR, 8am - 10am

19WNCMY03A

79

99

Your Desk

5/6

4

Staff Retention: Attract and Keep the Best People WEBCAST, 8am - 12pm

19WBAMY06A

129

159

Your Desk

5/10

1

Prix Fixe: Greater than the Sum of Its Parts: Why Diversity Matters WEBINAR, 12pm - 12:50pm

19LLMY10

29.99

49.99

Your Desk

5/14

2

Leadership Skills for Peak Performance in 21st Century WEBINAR, 12pm - 2pm

19WNCMY14A

79

99

Your Desk

5/17

2

Outsourcing Relationships: Enjoy Benefits, Avoid Pitfalls WEBINAR, 8:30am - 10:30am

19WNCMY17A

79

99

Your Desk

5/20

2

Don’t Let Conflict Derail your Relationships WEBINAR, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

19WNCMY20B

79

99

Your Desk

5/22

2

Don’t Let Your Schedule Get Away From You WEBINAR, 11am - 1pm

19WNCMY22B

79

99

Your Desk

5/24

2

Avoid Failures: Succeed Through Experimentation WEBINAR, 8:30am - 10:30am

19WNCMY24A

79

99

Your Desk

5/30

2

Motivating the Right Way - Get the Most From Your Staff! WEBINAR, 8:30am - 10:30am

19WNCMY30A

79

99

Your Desk

Computer Software & Applications 4/18

2

Excel - Best Practices Before Final Save WEBINAR, 11am - 1pm

19WNCAP18A

79

99

Your Desk

4/23

2

QuickBooks – Best Practices for Accountants WEBINAR, 8am - 10am

19WNCAP23A

79

99

Your Desk

5/2

2

Excel - Working with Text, Date & Time Functions & Formulas WEBINAR, 12pm - 2pm

19WNCMY02A

79

99

Your Desk

5/7

2

Excel - Building Powerful Lookup & Reference Formulas WEBINAR, 9am - 11am

19WNCMY07A

79

99

Your Desk

5/8

2

Excel - Advanced Financial and Statistical Calculations WEBINAR, 7am - 9am

19WNCMY08A

79

99

Your Desk

5/11

2

Introduction to Data Analytics and Microsoft PowerBI Tools WEBINAR, 7am - 9am

19WNCMY11A

79

99

Your Desk

5/16

2

Microsoft PowerBI - Introduction to Data Analysis in Excel WEBINAR, 12pm - 2pm

19WNCMY16B

79

99

Your Desk

5/23

2

Analyze Your Business Operations Data With PowerBI WEBINAR, 11am - 1pm

19WNCMY23B

79

99

Your Desk

4/17

2

Balance Sheet Management: The Least Understood Risk WEBINAR, 9am - 11am

19WNCAP17A

79

99

Your Desk

4/19

2

Cost of Capital: What is It and How to Use it Every Day WEBINAR, 9am - 11am

19WNCAP19A

79

99

Your Desk

4/24

2

Bitcoin - What You Should Know About This Digital Currency WEBINAR, 12:30pm - 2:30pm

19WNCAP24A

79

99

Your Desk

5/9

2

Cash Conversion Cycle: Tools and Techniques WEBINAR, 8:30am - 10:30am

19WNCMY09A

79

99

Your Desk

5/16

2

Debt or Equity: Which Will Your Organization Need Next? WEBINAR, 8am - 10am

19WNCMY16A

79

99

Your Desk

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2019 Conferences Great topics. Phenomenal speakers. Opportunities too amazing for you to miss! Governmental Accounting & Auditing Conference

April 30 - May 1 May 21

Washington State Tax Conference

May 22

International Tax Conference

June 13

Women’s Leadership Summit

August 2

Bottles, Brews & Buds Conference

August 8

Farm Tax Conference

October 29-30

Pacific Tax Institute

November 12

Construction Industry Conference

November 19-20

Not-for-Profit & Health Care Conference

December 17

Fraud Conference

webcast available

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Date

#

Course

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Type

WSCPA Member Fee

NonMember Fee

AICPA Member Discount

Location

Information Technology 5/10

2

Guide to Cyber Security Planning WEBINAR, 12pm - 2pm

19WNCMY10B

79

99

Your Desk

5/11

2

Leverage Big Data & Data Analytics to Make Better Decisions WEBINAR, 9am - 11am

19WNCMY11B

79

99

Your Desk

Management Services 5/17

2

How Technology is Impacting the Accounting Profession WEBINAR, 12:30pm - 2:30pm

19WNCMY17B

79

99

Your Desk

5/21

2

Next Step Blockchain: Regulations & Trends CPAs Need to Know WEBINAR, 12pm - 2pm

19WNCMY21B

79

99

Your Desk

4/22

4

Enterprise Risk Management for Small and Medium-sized Businesses: Current Perspectives WEBCAST, 10am - 2pm

19WBAAP22A

129

159

Your Desk

5/20

4

Enterprise Risk Management for Small and Medium-sized Businesses: Current Perspectives WEBCAST, 7am - 11am

19WBAMY20A

129

159

Your Desk

5/20

4

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MERGERS & SALES Considering Selling Your Practice? Consider all your options. We do the work. Confidential. We have buyers actively seeking practices. Call Mark Hause at (877) 345-7722 or visit our website at www. accountingpracticesales.com Accounting Practice Sales. We make dreams happen! IBA Sells Privately Held Companies Do you represent a client who is ready to retire or has taken a company as far as they want to or can? IBA is the Pacific Northwest’s oldest business brokerage (M&A) firm. We are professional negotiators with over 4000 completed transactions. Please contact us if we can be of assistance at (800) 218-4422 or www.ibainc.com Unique Pacific Northwest Tax & Accounting Practice Private Practice Transitions is assisting a client in Oregon with the sale of a highly unique, private tax and accounting practice. This Practice caters specifically to the owners of cannabis businesses in Oregon with potential to service parts of Washington and California. The cannabis industry is regarded by many to be the fastest growing industry in the USA and is expected to remain so for many years into the future. The current service breakdown by revenue is approximately 67% Accounting, 16% Consulting, and 16% Tax Preparation. With 2018 gross revenues just under $200,000 this is a great opportunity for an existing firm to add this unique service offering in an expanding marketplace, or for a solo accountant looking to start his/her own

(WA 1126) Island County: This well-established enrolled agent practice is for sale. The firm is well balanced with a tax practice that produces 75% of revenue and a write-up practice that generates the balance. The practice is well positioned for future growth due to having a solid staff serving long-term clients. The Seller is retiring but will be available to assist in transition. For any firm looking for a satellite office, an existing practice wishing to branch out, or an individual who has aspirations of getting out on their own, this practice is an excellent choice. The Seller, to assist in the sale, will consider financing the purchase of the practice provided the Buyer makes a substantial down payment and has excellent credit and collateral. (WA 1127) Vancouver: This CPA practice that focuses on the preparation of income tax returns is for sale. The firm’s revenue stream is almost all from the preparation of income tax returns with the exact percentage equaling 90%. The balance of the annual fees are earned from write up and payroll services which are approx. 10% of revenues. Reflecting a service commitment,

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practice with an established book of business. The Practice’s website receives a lot of traffic averaging over 500 hits per month. Email “Unique Pacific Northwest Tax & Accounting Practice” to info@ privatepracticetransitions.com or call253.509.9224. Lucrative Eastside Tax & Accounting Practice Private Practice Transitions is assisting a client, located on the Eastside, with the sale of a busy tax and accounting firm. The practice and founding shareholder have operated from this location for over 37 years and the shareholders desire to sell the business as a turnkey operation. The firm files more than 700 tax returns each year for both businesses and individuals. While Tax preparation accounts for about 65% of the firm’s business, 32% comes from Bookkeeping and Accounting, and Compilation and Review work. The remaining 3% comes from Consulting Services. The firm is centrally located in a well-established, thriving market, and poised for explosive growth. The firm employs great long-term staff to support the shareholders in a fully furnished office. With 2018 gross revenues over $800,000, you don’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity. Email “Lucrative Eastside CPA Practice” to info@privatepracticetransitions.com or call 253.509.9224. Thriving Portland-Based Tax & Accounting Practice Private Practice Transitions is assisting a client in the Portland area with the sale of a turn-key, private tax and accounting practice. The service breakdown by revenue is approximately 75% Business & PersonalTax Services, 8% IRS/ODR Representation, 10% Tax Planning & Consultation, and 7% Other. With 2017 gross revenues of approximately $709,000, 8.8% year-over-year growth as compared to 2016, and 2018 YTD billing numbers that are up 11% from the same period in 2017, you don't want to miss out on this exciting opportunity. Email "Thriving Portland-Based Tax & Accounting Practice" to info@privatepracticetransitions.com or call 253.509.9224. Established Pierce County Tax & Accounting Practice Private Practice Transitions is assisting

a client in Pierce County, WA with the sale of a profitable, turn-key, private tax and accounting practice. The service breakdown by revenue is approximately 57% PersonalTax Services, 32% Business Tax Services, 7% U.S. Tax Services, 3% Trusts & Estates, and 1% Other. The Practice is located in a ~1,900 square foot office building that is also available for sale, if desired. With consistent yearover-year gross revenues around $600,000, you don't want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity. Email "Established Pierce County Tax & Accounting Practice" to info@privatepracticetransitions.com or call 253.509.9224. Turn-Key Pierce County Tax & Accounting Practice Private Practice Transitions is assisting a client, located in Pierce County, with the sale of a busy tax and accounting practice. The firm’s historical breakdown by revenue is 63% Tax Prep and 37% Bookkeeping. The firm has over 600 active clients and a staff of four (one owner, two full-time employees, and one part-time employee). The firm is located in a 1,828 square foot office that is also available for sale, if desired. With annual gross revenues just under $300,000 (2017-2018), you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity. Email “Turn-Key Pierce County Tax & Accounting Practice” to info@privatepracticetransitions.com or call 253.509.9224. Established CentralWashingtonTax &Accounting Practice Private Practice Transitions is assisting a client, located in North Central Washington, with the sale of a highly reputable tax and accounting firm. The practice was established in 2003 and currently has over 400 active clients. While Tax preparation accounts for about 65% of the firm’s business, 35% comes from Bookkeeping and Accounting. The owner desires to sell the Practice as a turn-key operation, and the office that the Practice occupies is also available for sale, if desired. Email “Established Central Washington Tax & Accounting Practice” to info@privatepracticetransitions.com or call 253.509.9224.

the Seattle marketplace. With the clientswhether existing or new sharing similar employers, the commonality of tax issues makes for reasonably complex returns allowing a degree of specialization in these issues on an annual basis. As a result, the returns have an excellent average fee and an excellent net cash flow to owners equaling 83% of gross fees. This firm presents a number of opportunities for a practitioner to acquire a practice to add to an existing or new firm with a very profitable addition to the bottom line.

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How CPAs Impact Local Government: Vicky Dalton By Cory Wilmarth Vicky Dalton, CPA, serves as Spokane County Auditor and is a fierce advocate for CPAs in government. She originally hails from Priest River, Idaho, 60 miles from her home in Spokane Valley. She earned her CPA upon graduation from Idaho State University and has since gone on to make great strides expanding the role CPAs play in Spokane County. Growing up in north Idaho, Vicky helped her family hunt, grow crops, and raise livestock. “It taught me about responsibility and the consequences of action or inaction. If you want something, you need to figure out how to get it done. Don’t expect it to come to you,” said Vicky. Now, Vicky enjoys more relaxing hobbies. “I’m mostly into things like knitting and weaving, anything to do with yarn.” Vicky demonstrated her leadership and accounting skills in high school when a teacher failed to effectively teach bookkeeping to her class. She stepped up and taught the subject to her classmates herself. “That’s when I realized this was something I was good at and really enjoyed. It was just meant to be,” said Vicky. In her current role as Spokane County Auditor, Vicky oversees four separate divisions: financial services, elections, motor vehicle licensing, and records. One important subsection of records is marriage licenses. This is how Vicky experienced one of the proudest moments of her professional life. On December 6, 2012, Washington officially legalized same-sex marriage. “It was amazing to experience the sheer joy of people who wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. We opened the doors and saw people, who never even had the opportunity to express their feelings in public before, walk in and obtain a license to be married.” www.wscpa.org

That is what Vicky values most about her work, the ability to impact other people’s lives. “Every day, my work is going to touch a considerable number of people. Whether through elections, recording a deed for someone buying a house, or issuing a marriage license, we do so many things that impact this community.” Vicky is also passionate about involving CPAs in the governmental process. According to Vicky, CPAs are valuable because “they are detailoriented, but also understand the larger picture and how everything comes together. We need those traits in the governance process.” CPAs can participate in two ways: 1. As a private citizen. “We need citizens looking at issues like money spent on criminal justice, elections, or any other service that government provides,” said Vicky. “Citizens can attend neighborhood meetings and have meaningful discussions with their neighbors and elected officials.” 2. As a civil servant. CPAs can fill many roles as elected officials, CFOs, department heads, and technical or administrative professionals. “You can provide support to officials to help them make good decisions. Decisions need to be based on credible data. That’s one of many things that CPAs bring to the table.” One of Vicky’s major projects is succession planning for the next generation of leaders in Spokane County. Within the last three years, she created new positions within her office and worked with leaders in the county to bring in people who have the right skills and attitude for the jobs. A chief deputy position Vicky established hired a CPA she knew from the state auditor’s office. This

“We don’t really need politics in local government. We need good decision-making skills.” CPA worked with Vicky for two and a half years. She is now an elected official, commissioner to the Board of County Commissioners. This creates another opportunity for a CPA to take over as chief deputy. Vicky is optimistic about the future of Spokane County and will continue to do her part to help it grow and thrive. She encourages CPAs to consider involving themselves in their own local governments, bringing their much-needed gifts to the process. Said Vicky, “We really don’t need politics in local government. We need good decision-making skills.” Cory Wilmarth is the Communication, Design, and Social Media Coordinator for the WSCPA. To nominate a member for the next profile, you can contact him at cwilmarth@ wscpa.org. The WashingtonCPA Spring 2019

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