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CAAS Corner
By Jack Collins, Executive Director
Community Accounting Aid & Services, Inc.
965 East Main Street
Meriden, CT 06450-6006
Phone: 203-235-2333, ext. 7146
CAAS Tax Clinics
CAAS is seeking volunteers for low-income tax clinics for
2011 taxes. CAAS clinics are currently being planned in
Bristol, Middletown, New Haven, and North Branford. These
clinics run on some Saturday mornings in February and the
first weekend in March.
CAAS volunteers also participate in clinics (held in Hartford
and New Haven) provided in conjunction with the IRS
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and other
local organizations. They use site-provided computers and
require training on "Taxwise" software and a certification,
which is available online.
Volunteers can select a session/sessions that best suit their
availability. If you would like to join the CAAS volunteers in
any of these worthwhile programs, please contact CAAS.
Accounting and Tax Courses
CAAS continues to work with the Community Economic
Development Fund (CEDF) to provide four-part courses on
the fundamentals of business financials, accounting, and
business taxes. The courses are offered in Bridgeport,
Danbury, East Hartford, Meriden, Norwich, Stamford, and
Torrington. They run on weekday evenings from 6:30-9:00
p.m. The attendees are generally CEDF clients, although
other small business owners may attend. PowerPoint out-
lines are available for these courses.
If you would like to participate as an instructor in any of
these programs, please contact CAAS.
The National Association of State
Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and
the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants (AICPA) have
launched an online
tool designed to help CPAs navigate
the new practice privilege require-
ments that allow CPAs to more easily
practice across state borders.
The new website pro-
vides helpful information, updated reg-
ularly, on state practice privilege
requirements for CPAs, commonly
referred to as "mobility" laws, for all 50
states and five U.S jurisdictions. In
four simple clicks online, CPAs can
learn whether their existing home state
registration is mobile and allows them
to work in other jurisdictions without
additional notice, or whether further
paperwork is required.
In most cases, additional registration is
no longer required because mobility
statutes recognizing CPA licenses
granted by other states and jurisdic-
tions have been enacted in 47 of the 55
U.S. jurisdictions.
The site works by posing three targeted
questions to CPAs interested in exer-
cising cross-border practice privileges.
Those are:
Where is your principal place
of business?
Where are you going to perform
services (target state)?
What type of services will you
Information on licensing and registra-
tion requirements is then produced
allowing CPAs to move quickly to
address new business opportunities. offers immediate
access to the site through a mobile
application, an attractive benefit for
CPAs needing to confirm eligibility
requirements while they are on the
road or away from their offices.
NASBA and AICPA Launch
Online Tool Helps CPAs and Firms Manage Interstate Licensing