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Connecticut CPA
g
July/August 2012
Reflecting how CPA firms do
business today, and attracting
more members
The second portion of the bylaws ballot
proposes that we simplify our numer-
ous types of membership to only two
categories: Certified Members and As-
sociate Members.
Today,CPAfirmsdofarmorethanjust
accountingandemploymanynon-CPA
professionals in their organizations.
ThestateofConnecticutrecentlyrec-
ognizedthisfactwhenGovernorMal-
loysignedintolawPublicAct12-194,
whichallowsminoritynon-CPAowner-
shipofpublicaccountingfirmsbyin-
dividuals who are actively involved in
clientserviceorfirmadministration,up
toamaximumof49percent(seepage
5formore).
If the state of Connecticut ­ and 48
other states and territories, for that
matter­allowthesenon-CPAindivid-
uals to own public accounting firms,
it follows that we should allow these
firm owners and their non-CPA pro-
fessionals to collaborate with us as
AssociateMembers.
Veryspecificcriteriawouldapplytode-
terminewhowouldqualifytobecome
anAssociateMember.Individualswho
qualify would work either in public
accounting, corporate accounting, or
accounting education. Further, every
Associate Member would need to be
sponsoredbyaCertifiedMember.
Ourintentionistoattractnewmembers
totheCTCPA,welcomethemasAsso-
ciates,andencouragethemtocontinue
theirprofessionaldevelopment.
Tobeclear...
· OnlyCERTIFIEDMemberscanserve
ontheBoardofDirectors,
· OnlyCERTIFIEDMemberscanserve
asOfficers,
· OnlyCERTIFIEDMemberscanserve
ontheNominatingCommittee,
· OnlyCERTIFIEDMemberscanserve
ontheAuditCommittee,and
· OnlyCERTIFIEDMemberscanvote
on our issues, including bylaws
proposals.
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First, we seek to modernize our bylaws
to reflect how the CTCPA functions
administratively in the year 2012.
Second, we seek to modernize our bylaws
to attract new people to the Society and
reflect how CPA firms do business today.
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