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    Is There a “Point” To Joining Your State Society of CPAs?

    By | January 28, 2013

    A GC reader wants to know:

    is there a point in joining the calcpa?

    I believe we've answered this before but it's a slow week already so why not revisit?

    It depends on where you are in your career but state society membership can be beneficial for a number of reasons, especially if someone else is paying for it.

    First, you might get discounts on CPA review materials. This is especially beneficial for student members, who usually pay no fee or a small fee for membership.

    Second, you should be able to get some networking opportunities from membership. Whether it's mentoring or career opportunities or just keeping up with the latest and greatest in your profession from a local standpoint, state society membership is an easy way to stay plugged in.

    Third, you may just find a way to give back or something outside of slaving away for partners that gives you some fulfillment. For some, that's tackling legislative issues that impact CPAs on a state level. For others, that's giving back to the community. Your state society of CPAs can be a great resource for these opportunities, so if you're at all interested in putting your skills to good use, maybe it's worth it.

    But if you're the type interested more in collecting a paycheck than exercising your abilities and giving back, why bother?

    Of course, the highlight of CalCPA membership as I remember from reading my CPA boss's newsletters was checking out the California CPAs shamed for various offenses in the back of every issue. You know: fraud, scams, bad tax returns, etc. That right there made his membership worth it for me but I wasn't the one paying for it every year.

    Is there a point to anything in this profession? Behave accordingly.

    • $19577774

      The correct answers to the four questions posed in this article are:


      Because we were too lazy to write an article comparing the Big 4 accounting firms to characters in The Hobbit.

      Because its free, and you can put it on your LinkedIn profile so people will think you’re a BSD.


      • Balls McGee

        Instead of paying my state society, I’d pay you to fuck off. How much will it cost me per year to buy you a life, B4V?

        • $19577774

          Something tells me that you would love to trade places with me. I’m just speculating.

          Balls McGee. Hilarious.

          • Robert Palmer

            He still hasn’t recovered from your M4M troll persona.

            • $19577774

              I don’t know who M4M is, but I’m pretty sure that crazy bastard helped Mitt Romney lock up the old, rich, angry white man vote.

            • Robert Palmer

              I mean 100% of republicans are in fact in the top 1% of society that pays all taxes.

    • PacificNW CPA

      I’ve wondered the same about membership in the AICPA. Granted, not bothering to renew back in June of last year hasn’t stopped any of the spam from flowing.

      • Apples

        It won’t, and they wl try to charge you a late fee later if you ever try to sign back up, real s-bags.

      • Guest

        I was seriously debating doing the same thing. I saw very little value in the AICPA membership during my stint in public accounting, but now that I am private it is almost non-existent.

    • cpa #31

      From my experience, and the people I met in meetings, the quick answer would be NO.

      BUT, if your in L.A. or ‘Frisco the answer might be otherwise.

      I have also been told, by at least one member in current Public Practice, the Insurance Program (CAMICO) is the best available FOR HIM.