Magazine article The CPA Journal

The Power of a Collective Voice

Magazine article The CPA Journal

The Power of a Collective Voice

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The NYSSCPA has been the voice of the CPA profession in New York State for more than 100 years, and that voice has just gotten stronger. The broadened scope of practice in stale law now embraces CPAs in industry, government, and academia, in addition to those practicing under the historic definition of public accountancy. To all CPAs now under the state's regulatory umbrefla: Welcome back to the profession.

The NYSSCPA has long been the professional home to thousands of CPAs in public accounting firms. As job opportunities outside traditional public accounting grew, some CPAs working outside public firms continued to find value in maintaining their membership in a professional society. Often one of the few CPAs in their companies or organizations, these professionals - such as CFOs, controllers, professors, and consultants saw the Society as a way to continue to connect with other CPAs working in industry, government, or academia, to counsel each other on practice issues, and to network. Over the years, not all CPAs outside public accounting firms saw that value. Participation in their State Society declined.

The new accountancy reform law brings these CPAs back into the regulatory fold. As your Society, we would like to welcome you back. But in order to do that, we need to broaden our perspective to meet your needs - and we need your help to do it.

Help us define value for you as a CPA in industry, academia, and government. What issues are you facing at your company, your town, your school, or your firm that could be addressed by the NYSSCPA? The Society has recently added two additional Industry Division committees - the Family Office Committee and the Internal Audit Committee - to meet the needs of its newest members. We may need to create more. If so, what should they be?

This year, the Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE), the education arm of the Society, is offering one of its most robust course offerings in its history, designed to meet the needs of all CPAs. This was accomplished through the efforts of our members - F AE' s board of trustees and Curriculum Committee. This is the kind of input we need to help maximize our members' professional development.

What Comes Next Is Up to You

Membership and active participation in your Society will give New York CPAs an even stronger voice on issues that are important to the profession. …

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