2014-09 Newsletter


WAA Update September Update 2014
In This Issue

From the President
NSA Update


For a full menu of all available education options, visit the WAA website at www.waa.org.  Many online CPE options offer special discounts for WAA members

Around the State

Chapter Events

We have four active chapters around the state.  These chapter officers have been diligently working to bring relevant education to the chapter members and with creating a quality collaborative peer meeting environment.  
Go to www.waa.org/chapters to find out what is happening in your chapter.

Our Leadership

Board of Directors


Chapter Listservs

All WAA members have been subscribed to their chapter listserv based on the chapter listed in their profile.  Download these listserv instructions to learn how to subscribe if you do not currently have a chapter affiliation listed on your profile, to unsubscribe, or to change the email address you want subscribed to the listserv.

Membership Dues

The non-deductible portion of WAA membership dues for Active and Associate members is 26% for this fiscal year. This amount is attributable to lobbying activities.

In Memory Of

If you are aware of a WAA member who has passed on please contact [email protected].

Job Board

Looking for Work or a New Employee? Check Out Our WAA Job Board!

Click here to learn more and see current jobs and resumes. 

Editorial Content

The principal aims of this publication are the advancement of the accounting profession and communication among our members. Opinions expressed herein are those of the individual writers and not necessarily those of WAA or the Editor. Please submit articles and comments to [email protected].

The deadline for submissions is the 15th of the month preceding publication.

The mission of the Washington Association of Accountants is to promote and protect the right of every member to practice accounting and taxation; to provide the services and professional education necessary to maintain and improve professional competence.

From the President

by Charles Grass

What I Did Over the Summer

Where did summer go? And what did I do?

Summer started with our annual WAA Membership Meeting and continuing education conference in June.  Shortly after that I attended a practice management conference in Las Vegas hosted by Office Tools Pro.  My administrative assistant and I came away with many ideas to make Grass CPA of more service to our clients and more efficient in the process.  Much of it underscored what I have been thinking about lately; Implementation.  It takes work; diligent, continuous, never ending, work.  We’re working on it; in my practice and in WAA. 

July started out with celebrating Independence Day in Las Vegas.   The high point of the month was definitely my wedding to Kathy Johnson.  Several WAA members attended the celebration party including President Elect Melanie Levno and Past Presidents Jerry Gintz and Astrid Arola. 

August was busy with the WAA board retreat early in the month.  We created our unique value statement which is as follows: “The Washington Association of Accountants is the only professional Washington State organization of accounting and tax practitioners that welcomes and promotes all industry credential holders and anyone seeking professional development.”   

The importance of our unique value statement was underscored at the NSA annual meeting in Baltimore MD, Aug 20-23, (see our National Director Larry Walkden’s report).  WAA continues to monitor the Washington State Board of Accountancy and advocate for the non-licensed accountant and CPAs in solo or small practices. 

It’s now September.  Fall is in the air, the last of the extended 1040s are due October 15th.  Our Gear Up tax seminars are posted on our website, www.waa.org.  Sign up early to reserve your seat as tax season will be upon us soon.


Thank you for your support,

Charles Grass, President


Education Committee


by Cynthia Polley

WAA Sponsored Live- Education Opportunities – Fall/Winter Updates 

Seminar season is here and it is time to register for the fall events. All registration is open on the website at www.waa.org.

WAA offers three 16-Hour individual tax update seminars at three convenient locations. This comprehensive course covers key tax issues for completing complicated individual returns. All topics include coverage of new legislation, revenue rulings and procedures, as well as case law to
help the busy practitioner keep current.

The two-day Business Entities seminar is designed for the practitioner working with small business clients. The course will highlight new court rulings, regulations, and other relevant updates. Discussion will include examination of the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act and the impact of the Health Care Reform in 2014 and beyond.

The 2-Hour Professional Ethics course is offered in conjunction with the Individual Tax Update Seminar. This seminar can be attended in addition to the 1040 Update or as a stand- alone seminar. Get 18 hours of CPE when you attend both. Be sure to register for this event separately. If you attend the 1040 Tax Update and the Professional Ethics you will need to register for each seminar.  Click on the image at the right for full brochure.


The IRS 20th Annual Working Together Symposium will be held on November 6, 2014 at Fisher Pavilion Seattle Center. WAA is hosting this popular symposium featuring speakers from the Internal Revenue Service. By attending you will have unparalleled access to IRS employees. Registration is open.

There are two upcoming mini-seminars presented by WAA chapters. The Spokane chapter is hosting a 4-Hour Estates & Trusts seminar on November 9, 2014 in Spokane Valley. This seminar will be presented by a Spokane Chapter member, Paul Smart, CPA.

‘IRS Audits and Offers In Compromise, a 4-hour mini-seminar. If you missed this one presented by the Puget Sound Tacoma Chapter, you have another chance to attend. The Northwest chapter will host this seminar on November 19, 2014 in Mount Vernon. This informative seminar will be presented by the Northwest chapter president, Ronnie Wright. Ronnie is a MBA, EA and Former IRS Group Manager and Collection Officer.

The chapter meetings are well worth mentioning again in this issue. All four WAA chapters meet monthly and offer 1-hour of CPE on a variety of topics. Fall is a great time to begin attending the chapter meetings. You will find warm and welcoming people at each meeting whether in Spokane, Puget Sound Tacoma, Seattle or the Northwest.

In addition we offer a variety of on-line educational opportunities.  Click on the image below for information on Western CPE self study courses and WAA Member Discounts:


 NSA Update

by Larry Walkden


WAA Officers and Members: as the newly elected NSA State Director for Washington I want to thank you for your support and trust, as I look to fulfill my rolls as NSA State Director and as a Director on the WAA State Board of Directors. These are important positions and I look forward to serving in both.

The NSA convention was held in Baltimore Maryland this year and our 1st VP, Marilyn M. Niwao was elected as NSA President. We are all looking forward to a productive year under her direction. This past year, both the state and national right-to-practice committees have been busy. Eleven states were trying to change the requirements on accountants and tax preparers. Peer review on our accountants is on the move and NSA is ahead of the game by setting up a peer review advance team. Remember, NSA is here for you - NSA has benefits in addition to those offered by WAA. I want you to know I am here for you too! If you have any questions about NSA, please E-mail or call me.


Next summer the NSA convention will be held in Vancouver British Columbia. Our very own Kathy Hettick will be installed as President of the NSA. This convention will be in August around the third week (mark your calendar now, with a place-holder). This year WAA President Charles Grass, his wife Kathy, Gene Bell, his wife Brenda, Kelly Hettick and my wife and I represented WAA in Baltimore. Charlie presented the NSA scholarship fund with a check for over $6,000. With other money collected from the other states and from individual donations, over $30,000 was collected at the General Session, with more to be collected later. This money is used to assist a number of accounting students with tuition. Applications are available for students who are seeking tuition assistance for 2015. Please contact me directly and I will get you an application.


Larry Walkden EA, ATA, ARA. ABA
NSA State Director
[email protected]
360-794-1040 Office
425-356-7604 Cell


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