May 2017

I hope everyone had a successful tax season and have been able to catch your breath. I want to remind everybody to visit the ASIA website for updates on upcoming events.

The Board of Directors will meet on May 19, 2017 in Anchorage at 1:30 p.m.  This will be held at the Lakefront Hotel at 4800 Spenard Road.  If a member has any issues, concerns or suggestions that they want brought to the attention of the Board send me an email and I’ll make sure it is presented.

The 2017 ASIA State Convention and Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 21, 22 and 23rd and will be held at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna, Alaska; details will be available on our website after the Board meeting. 

One item that will be addressed at the board meeting will be the establishment of a nomination committee for officers for the upcoming year.  To me this is a very important issue and I consider it an area of concern for the wellbeing of our Society.  Many of you may not realize that we are an affiliated state organization community of the National Society of Accountants (NSA) and our leadership Board is built in the same manner as NSA.  From the National level there is keen competition for the various offices; I was able to witness this first hand last year in Tampa Bay when I attended the National Convention.  There was a great deal of campaigning, lobbying, etc. going on for the office of the 2nd Vice President; each year these officers move up a step until they become President.  In theory that is how the local affiliated state organizations are supposed to work.  Unfortunately this has not been the case with our Society.  You have a board of some very dedicated individuals; however, many on the Board are past presidents that are just filling in these officer seats but the system is not working for an organized progression; in other words we do not have individuals moving up through the ranks to lead our Society.  I believe this needs to change - the Board needs new blood, new ideas, and new energy.  We have some dynamic young people who are members and attend our seminars; I encourage each and every one of you to think about getting involved.  You can do this at the chapter level first then move up to the Board.  

Our Society provides a very important function in regards to continuing education; however it also closely monitors developments in Washington DC and Juneau in regards to our industry.  Your Board works diligently to keep the issues concerning ASIA in the forefront; an example will be the federal government, IRS specifically, taking the position that the liaison activities of IRS are run out of Seattle.  As you know Washington DC decided that they did not want to fund the IRS Symposium here in Alaska anymore because they did not want to fund personnel travel from Seattle.  In the same breath, however, because Alaska does not have a liaison office, IRS will not allow Alaskan personnel to make presentations to our Society.

In closing this report I again encourage you to get involved.  Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.  Also remember that we have three Chapter Presidents that are very knowledgeable in all aspects of ASIA; Anchorage – Jack Bohnert; Fairbanks – Jessica Vinson; Kenai – Liz DeSmidt.  ASIA’s administrator has their contact information.

Alaska Society Of Independent Accountants

Barb Roper, Administrator

Phone: 907-953-2111

Fax: 907-262-8896