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When is my payment due?
Dues are payable upon receipt and are
subject to multiple billing fees. Due to
the high costs associated with multiple
printings and mailings, after 30 days,
a second invoice will be issued and a
$10 fee applied. After 60 days, a third
invoice will be issued and an additional
$10 fee applied.
What should I do if my billing class is
incorrect?
Your billing class is based upon
your status as of March 31, 2013.
If your circumstances changed af-
ter that date, it will be reflected in
next year's dues invoice. If your
circumstances changed prior to
March 31, please contact Liz Frazza
at 860-258-0220 or lizf@ctcpas.org.
Can I pay dues for everyone at my
firm at once?
Yes! You can sign up to receive a sin-
gle "firm invoice" listing all members
at your firm. To learn more or sign
up, contact Liz Frazza at 860-258-
0220 or lizf@ctcpas.org.
You can also
pay for multiple members online at
www.ctcpas.org/dues or simply mail
one check for the firm; please be sure
you include all of the individual invoices.
Can I pay a reduced rate if I'm retired?
Retired members are eligible to pay
a lower dues rate. Billing codes are
based on your status as of March 31,
2013. If you retired before that date,
please contact Liz Frazza at 860-258-
0220 or lizf@ctcpas.org and she will up-
date your status and reduce your dues
amount. If you are semi-retired (for ex-
ample, only working during tax season),
you must still pay the regular member
rate. You must be fully retired from all
employment to pay the retired rate.
Are my dues tax-deductible?
CTCPA dues are not deductible as a
charitable contribution but may be de-
ductible as an ordinary and necessary
business expense. However, a portion
of dues (4.8 percent for the year end-
ing March 31, 2014) is not deductible
to the extent that the CTCPA engages
in lobbying.
What should I do if I no longer wish to
remain a member?
We'd love to talk with you first and see
if we can help you discover more value
in your membership. Please call Liz at
860-258-0220.
If you don't want to be
a member anymore, you do need to
mail or email (to lizf@ctcpas.org) a let-
ter of resignation no later than August
16, 2013 to resign in good standing.
Membership Dues FAQs
Membership renewals were sent at the end of April. For your convenience,
here are some frequently asked questions regarding dues payments.
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As a result of the recent bylaws revision,
new membership categories have
enabled us to simplify the dues classes.
Most members who are not owners
of CPA firms now fall into the same
dues category (billing class 4).
Learn more at
www.ctcpas.org/DuesStructure.
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