Corpus Christi Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs
Chapter E-News - December 2015
Past Events

January 8 – Overview of Fringe Benefits – one-hour chapter luncheon

February 5 – 58th Annual Tax Conference – nine hours

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Thank you Sponsors
Many thanks to Jennifer Perales for sponsoring lunch in November for the board of directors meeting. You can see a list of all of the individuals and businesses that have supported the chapter this year at this link.

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Message from the President
Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith, CPA
With the holiday season underway, our Counting on Santa toy drive is coming to a close. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the Collection Round-Up and Holiday Social on December 8. Details are listed below.

Coming up in January is our next CPE luncheon and two important member votes. We’ll be electing the 2016-2017 chapter leadership and voting on a proposed chapter dues increase. Your chapter board, and boards serving prior to this group, work hard to be good stewards of members’ dues dollars. The chapter has not had a dues increase in the last ten years. We have managed to increase offerings to members while maintaining the same rate for the last decade. As the cost of doing business continues to rise we want to be able to put the chapter on good financial footing to continue to provide advocacy and maintain the same high level of programming going forward. A small increase of $10 for CPAs who do not have retired licenses will help us do that.

While your dues may slightly increase, remember you will benefit from TSCPA’s advocacy effort this past spring to eliminate the annual license fee of almost $200 that you pay to the State Board (effective September 1). If you have any questions about this proposal or about what TSCPA and the chapter do for you, please let me know.

Thank you for your membership and support in 2015! Best wishes to you and yours for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Jeff Smith, CPA
Chapter President 2015-16

Counting on Santa Collection Round-Up and Holiday Social – Dec. 8
Many thanks to the firms, companies, and schools in the area who are helping us collect toys for underprivileged children in our community. What a privilege it is for CCTSCPA to help those who are Counting on Santa this year! Bring your collection boxes or your new unwrapped toy to contribute at the collection round-up and social event on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Brewster Street Ice House. Come and go, or stay awhile. Students, coworkers, and friends are welcome to attend! Come enjoy live music and share some holiday cheer with your colleagues from around the Coastal Bend!
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Notice of Important Member Votes
Scheduled for Jan. 8 Luncheon
Prior to our January CPE presentation, we’ll be holding two member votes. The first vote will be to approve the proposed slate of Officers and Directors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Many thanks to the Nominations Committee for their hard work in preparing this slate! Nominees to be presented for election at the Jan. 8 chapter luncheon are:

Officer Candidates:
President – Misty Mata; President-Elect – Jennifer Perales; Vice President – Brett Morrison;

Secretary/Treasurer – Kim Green

Chapter Director Candidates:
Chapter Director (2016-17) – Natalie Klostermann; Chapter Director (2016-17) – Craig Schkade; Chapter Director (2016-18) – Louis Tatum; State Director (2016-2019) – David Morales

Nominating Committee:
Kellie Shipley – Public; Kendra Kennison - Non-Public

Current Term of Office:
Immediate Past-President – Jeff Smith; State Director (2015-2018) – Susie Sullivan; TSCPA Executive Board (Treasurer-elect) – Jerry Spence

The second vote will be on a proposed chapter dues increase of $10 for CPA members who do not hold retired license status with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. If approved, the new dues rate would be $65 for these members, and it would go into effect in the 2016-2017 year. You can read more about this proposal in the president’s message above.

January 8 Member Votes and CPE Luncheon
Make plans to attend the next chapter luncheon at the Ortiz Center on Friday, Jan. 8. Trey Gerhardt, JD, from Padgett Stratemann & Co. LLP will present an overview of fringe benefits. We’ll also hold two important member votes. Register now!
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Break In Your 2016 Calendar With These Upcoming Chapter Event Dates!
One of the greatest benefits of membership is the connection to over 27,000 members across the state, and specifically 400 members in the Coastal Bend. These connections are part of your business network and can help you develop your career, client base, and more. What better way to meet your colleagues than at a chapter event? We always have a full house of friendly faces! Mark these dates on your calendar for our spring events and make plans to join us, earn some CPE, and strengthen your network.

Chapter Luncheons at the Ortiz Center:
January 8, February 12 with the Bar Association, March 4 (note the date change), May 13

58th Annual Tax Conference: February 5 at the Education Service Center

Technology Conference – 4-hour program with lunch: April 29 at the Education Service Center

2016 Tax Conference – Feb. 5, 2016
9 Hours of CPE
Updates on federal tax developments, professional issues, becoming the firm of the future, estate planning and Texas state tax issues are on the agenda for the 58th Annual Tax Conference. Register by January 22 for the member rate of only $139 ($194 for nonmembers). Registrations after January 22 and at the door will pay $169 for members ($224 for nonmembers). We’re bringing back the silent auction for a third year with several amazing prizes available for bids. Proceeds will go directly to the chapter scholarship fund.
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Silent Auction Benefits Scholarships
for a Third Year
CCTSCPA is preparing for the silent auction to be held on Feb. 5, at the 58th Annual Tax Conference. The last two auctions have raised more than $4,000 that went directly to local scholarship awards. Help show support for local talent by helping to offset their educational costs. There are two ways you can participate in the 2016 silent auction. First, we’re collecting any items you’d like to donate for bidding. If you have something to be included in the auction, please contact Chapter Liaison Melinda Bentley at or 800/428-0272, ext. 279. Second, be prepared to bid on some great items at the Tax Conference. We’ll be at the Education Service Center all day. If you’re not able to come out for the CPE, please consider stopping by and making a bid.

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