As I write this letter, we are fast approaching Thanksgiving, and by the time you read this that holiday will be in the rearview mirror and Christmas will be here before we know it. We have arrived at that time of year when we take a little time to reflect on the many blessings we have and show appreciation to those who have been an important part of our lives this year. For that reason, I want to thank each of you for the honor it is to serve as President of this great Society.
Our mission is “To help our members achieve success in the profession of accountancy and taxation.” We strive to do this on every level, whether we are representing our members before the IRS or through the efforts of our legislative committees that monitor the legislation on the national and state levels. We also work to provide the power of relationships with some of our member benefits for programs like Verifyle and ZipWhip. Both of these programs are used daily by our members to increase productivity in their offices. Have you tried them yet? If not, check them out and let us know what you think.
Many of us are looking for that special gift to give our office staff during the holidays, and I would like to offer a few suggestions. For that professional level employee who does not have a credential, you may want to consider encouraging them to look for an ACAT credential that fits their passion and helping them achieve that by paying for all or part of the exam, or maybe giving them time to study for the exam at work. Maybe for that tax preparer who needs to achieve their EA designation you could pay part or all the cost of the live EA review that NSA does every year. By now you are thinking you would like to be on my gift list, but remember each of these investments help your firm as much as it does the employee. Please don’t miss an opportunity to invest in yourself and your staff at this busy time of year. This is also a great time to thank the ACAT Board for their dedication and efforts to help professionals achieve accreditation. They give much time and effort working to improve ACAT.
Maybe you would like to do a little year-end tax planning and make a tax-deductible gift to the NSA Foundation. They use this money to help with scholarships and to continue to invest in the profession. Our foundation board is made up of a variety of members, some with many years of NSA experience and some with just a few years of NSA experience. They give selflessly of their time and talent to help the foundation help our current and future members, and as one of their peers, I say Thank you!
NSA has recently informed you that we are going to Cleveland in August of 2020. This will be the 75th Anniversary of our Annual Meeting. Cleveland just happens to be where the first NSA convention was held. I am amazed that an idea that started as a plan to organize accountants around the nation has not only grown to have members in all 50 states, but that we have been representing our members needs for 75 years. Not only to I want to thank our founders, but also all the officers, board members and especially the volunteers who have ever given of their time, talent and treasure for the good of our Society. Thank you all!
I hope each of you will take some time to reflect on the many blessings you have and to grasp the opportunities that await you. Please make sure to find some time to relax with friends and family and enjoy some downtime before we flip the calendar to 2020.
Thank you again for the honor of serving you,