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CAAS Corner
By Jack Collins, Executive Director
Community Accounting Aid & Services, Inc.
CAAS
965 East Main Street
Meriden, CT 06450-6006
Phone: 203-235-2333, ext. 7146
Email:
ctcaas@hotmail.com
or
service@accountingaid.org
Now is a great time to become a part of
the team of volunteers helping small
business owners, small nonprofit
organizations, and qualified individuals
in Connecticut with accounting, tax,
and financial management issues
through Community Accounting Aid &
Services, Inc. (CAAS).
CAAS was founded in 1974 by the
Connecticut Society of Certified Public
Accountants and the American Institute
of Certified Public Accountants. CAAS
volunteers work to fulfill our mission of
providing pro bono accounting assis-
tance to qualified economically disad-
vantaged businesses, individuals, and
not-for-profit organizations who are not
currently being served by an accountant.
CAAS frequently provides assistance
and information regarding the appropri-
ate form of business organization, how
to access governmental agencies, tax
filing requirements, how to set up an
appropriate business recordkeeping
system, and financial management.
In several communities, CPA volun-
teers use the CAAS book Starting a
Small Business in Connecticut to
teach evening classes on just that:
how to be an entrepreneur in the
Nutmeg State. Courses normally
include four two-hour sessions and are
conducted in the fall and in the spring
(after April 15). CAAS is currently
offering the courses in Cheshire,
Glastonbury, Middletown, New Britain,
Norwich,
Plainville,
Wallingford,
Waterbury, and Wolcott. CAAS has
PowerPoint presentations to assist
instructors with the presentations.
CAAS volunteers provide a helping
hand to new business ventures by
challenging their owners to address the
issues involved in transforming good
ideas into great businesses.
CAAS also provides assistance to non-
profit organizations by conducting
training for board and staff members
on accounting procedures, internal
controls, understanding financial state-
ments, and preparation for audits.
CAAS volunteers also assist with the
preparation of IRS Form 990 returns
for qualified organizations.
Through its affiliation with the
Community Economic Development
Fund (CEDF), CAAS volunteers
instruct evening courses on under-
standing business financials (three
sessions), basic QuickBooks (four ses-
sions), and basic business taxes (two
sessions). Courses are designed for
existing small businesses which have
or seek micro loans from CEDF. These
courses run two to three times per year
in Danbury, East Hartford, Meriden,
Milford, Norwich, and Stamford.
We welcome CSCPA members to join
the many CAAS volunteers who make
a difference in their communities.
While working on CAAS assignments,
CAAS volunteers are covered under a
volunteer liability insurance policy pro-
vided by CAAS. To be a part of our vol-
unteer effort or for more information,
contact CAAS at 203-235-2333, ext.
7146, ctcaas@hotmail.com, or 965
East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450.
CAAS welcomes your help!
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