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Welcome Member
Chairman Message
by John N. Perkins, CPA

Part of being the Best of the Best of the statewide TSCPA chapters means providing opportunities for our membership to enjoy the highest quality, up-to-the-minute education at a cost that makes it accessible to everyone.  Free to nearly-free Continuing Professional Education has been a commitment the Dallas CPA Society has made to its constituents throughout its existence.  One of our top member benefits is the 20 hours of low-cost CPE that we offer every year. 
 
This year is off to a great start for the DCPAS’s  education program.  Our very popular four-hour Member Appreciation CPE Series events have been scheduled for October 28th and December 10th of 2013, and February 11, 2014.  The cost for these events is a nominal $25, an extraordinary value when you see the terrific lineup of experts we’ve assembled for each of these events.  Just a few among the many topics to be covered are estate planning issues, taxpayer perspective in dealing with the IRS, the appeals process and employee benefits. 
 
 
John N. Perkins, CPA
Chair,  2013-14

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Steve Tillinger RETURNS
Tillinger to Present September & November Classes

Steve Tillinger

Partnership/LLC Tax Issues & Update - September 19 & 20, 2013

Flash Alert.  Hot Issues of 2013.  Recent Developments.  Steve will expand his discussion of the self-employment tax.  He will explain what you need to know about how partnerships and LLCs are affected by the new Medicare contribution tax.  He will update you on how the tax reform discussion would affect pass-through entities.  Each of these issues are significant by themselves.  Together, they could affect your client's choice of entity.  Get up-to-date information; sign-up now.
 
This course will bring you up-to-date on the important tax issues affecting your clients operating as partnerships and limited liability companies.  Partnership and LLC taxation can be complicated.  Congress, by enacting stiffer tax return preparer penalty rules has said, in essence, that you must be a knowledgeable tax preparer of these returns.  Your instructor will address the important tax issues of contributed property and maintaining capital accounts; special allocations and substantial economic effect; the importance of the qualified income offset to members of LLCs; the tax definition of recourse and non-recourse debt, and how it is allocated and reported on the K-1; what you must know about how the at-risk rules apply to LLCs; whether your LLC is a tax shelter; the importance of the Texas LLC statute; and much more!  While there are no prerequisites, parts of the course will seem basic, intermediate, or advanced, depending on your familiarity in the area.  As a participant, you will receive an excellent resource, Practical Guide to Partnerships and LLCs, a 531-page fifth edition textbook published by CCH, Inc.  The textbook is comprehensive, clearly written and provides practical guidance on this complex subject.  Your instructor says this is his "go to" book on partnership/LLC tax issues and, by itself, is worth the price of admission.  Your instructor, Steven J. Tillinger, CPA, receives excellent evaluations in this course.  He is known for making tax interesting and making highly technical material understandable.  Sign up now for this highly-rated, popular course.



Location: 12700 Park Central Drive, Dallas, TX  75251
Course No.:    14500419

Date: September 19-20, 2013
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
CPE Credits: 16
Cost:  Member /$360 Non-Member / $435
Prerequisites: None required; Basic partnership taxation knowledge and tax preparation experience helpful.
Category: Update  

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Dallas CPA Society Member Appreciation CPE Series
October 28, 2013; 1:00pm-5:00pm

The DCPAS announces the following date for the first in its 2013-14 Member Appreciation CPE Series:
 
Monday, October 28, 2013
1:00pm-5:00pm

On Monday, October 28th, join us for four (4) hours of CPE credit at an event featuring timely topics and outstanding presenters.  The event will take place at the Communities Foundation of Texas located at  5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225  directions. 
 
Communities Foundation of Texas
5500 Caruth Haven Lane
Dallas, Texas  75225
 
Cost: $25
 
Each event in the Member Appreciation CPE Series offers four (4) hours of CPE credit at a very nominal price.  Each one features noted speakers presenting on timely and important topics of interest to the accounting and financial communities.
 

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DCPAS - ETHICS Courses
September 2013 - December 2013

The Dallas CPA Society is pleased to announce that we are once again offering the required 4-hour Ethics course.

Title:  “Contemporary Accounting Ethics and Related Legal Topics – Texas Edition”
Instructor: Dr. Wayne Shaw – Southern Methodist University

Location: Dallas CPA Society
  12700 Park Central Drive #1000
  Dallas TX  75251

Time:  8:00 am-12:00 Noon


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Convergence 2014
Save the Date

 
The Dallas CPA Society proudly announces its hallmark event of the coming year

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September Thirsty Thursday
September 19, 2013

Join us
Thursday, September 19, 2013
6:00pm-8:00pm
 
Uncle Julio’s (map)
16150 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75248
 
This event is generously sponsored by Crowe Horwath
 
 
There is no cost for this event,
but please let us know you’re coming.
To register, please use this link.
 
All DCPAS members are welcome!
See you there!


DCPAS / UNT MEET & GREET
October 2, 2014 – SAVE THE DATE!

The Dallas CPA Society
will host a networking event in Denton
for area CPAs and accounting students from the
University of North Texas

October 2, 2014

Details are still unfolding,
so watch your email for more information.



PAC NOTES

Don’t be caught short!

The Dallas CPA PAC is important to you and your license as a CPA.  Contributions help make important legislative decisions for our profession – it opens doors to the legislative process and allows us to present our issues.  The easiest way to contribute is to contact Fay Ellis at fellis@tscpa.net and let her know you would like to make a perpetual donation.  Fay will then bill you annually or quarterly for the amount you pledge.

You can also go to https://secure.tscpa.org/cpapac/donate.asp to make a one-time donation or pledge.  Your donations help keep your certificate safe.

For more information on the CPA-PAC, click here.



Upcoming Events - MAKE YOUR PLANS

Fall at the Dallas Chapter means plenty of opportunity for networking and giving back to your community, and we know you’ll want to make a note of these future activities.  So pencil in these dates and join us!

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IIA Super Conference
October 25, 2013


Don’t miss out on this highly anticipated event.  The 2012 inaugural conference was a resounding success. Many attendees said it was like a ‘mini-GAM’ with all the benefits and without the travel costs!

When: Friday, October 25, 2013
Where: Hilton Anatole, Dallas
Register now: http://dallasiia.org/super/registration.htm#cvent
Sign up now! $350 for IIA members / $400 for non-IIA members
Don't miss out on all of the great conference benefits!


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Toastmasters

The Dallas CPA Society Toastmasters group assists Dallas CPAs with their speaking and presentation skills, whether prepared speeches or impromptu.  Looking to gain confidence in your speaking skills?  The Dallas CPA Society Toastmasters is here to assist!  Join some of the Society’s leadership as members; all members are welcome to join us for our weekly meetings.

The weekly meetings are in the DCPAS Training Room on Tuesdays from 7:30am – 8:30am.

Take advantage of this membership benefit!  For more information, contact Tim Pike at 214.346.0797 or tim.pike@jhcpa.com



Dallas Margarita Ball - Volunteer Now

For 37 years, The Dallas Margarita Society has been blessed by great supporters, highest among them being the hundreds of volunteers who have donated their time at our events throughout the years. Support from volunteers is critical to the success of their efforts in reaching out to children in need throughout the Metroplex.

The Society is currently focused on the 37th Annual Dallas Margarita Ball on November 23, 2013, their largest volunteer opportunity of the year. If you’ve been, you already know about the world’s biggest, invitation-only, charity black tie, and you also know about the thousands of Christmas toys collected at the Ball for regional kids in need. If you’ve never been, volunteering is a great way to check out what the Margarita Society is all about.

We are accepting registrations now from those wanting to donate their time to this worthy cause.  Please note that, as a volunteer on behalf of the Dallas CPA Society, you will specifically be assisting with the collection of donations during your shift(s). 

If you’re interested in offering your time to the 37th Annual Dallas Margarita Ball, contact Caitlin Overton at coverton@cpadallas.org, or by phone at 972-960-8311.

For more information on the Dallas Margarita Society, visit their website: http://www.dallasmargaritasociety.org/

Join the Dallas Margarita Society Volunteers Facebook group for updates and future opportunities:
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/groups/dms.volunteers/



IN THE NEWS…

Whitley Penn recently promoted the following Dallas CPA Society members: Stephanie Braislin and Justin Roberts to assurance & advisory senior managers; Danny Hughes to assurance & advisory senior; and Libby Ross to tax & consulting senior.  Congratulations to All.


NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY
September 19, 2013

 Give $25 of more to your organization through donorbridgetx.org on Sept. 19 and your donation will be multiplied.

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CONNECT WITH THE DALLAS CPA SOCIETY

The Dallas CPA Society’s social media sites are now fully live, and we invite you to connect with us on…
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July 2013 New Members

Join us in welcoming our newest members...

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TSCPA CPE Classes in Dallas

Check out the TSCPA's CPE courses available in August 2013, Go Here.

TSCPA Chapter Tip Sheet

Responsibility of the Individual
Calling All Career Changers
Accounting Career Education (ACE)
Talk with Someone Who Understand


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