President’s Message

January 2020

From all of us at the Phoenix Chapter of AGA, we wish you a happy New Year, and hope that you were able to enjoy all that the holidays have to offer!  It was great to celebrate with many of you at our annual AGA holiday event on December 11th, at ASU Skysong.  This event was an audio conference on the topic of “Controlling Your Bots” and was worth two (2) CPEs.  Also, thank you to those of you who were able to participate in the Feed My Starving Children’s Hope Filled Holiday Arizona Mobile Pack event on December 6th and 7th.  Statistics from the 7th show that enough food was prepared, on that day, to feed 444 children for a year.  Also, thank you to those of you that participated in donating items to Vista Del Camino for homeless/crisis care and career closet items, and Lost Our Homes for dog and cat food and related items, at our December 11th meeting.  We will continue to accept donations for these two great organizations at our January 8th& 22nd and February 5th & 28th meetings.

January will be a busy month, with three events planned.  The first event of the month will be held on January 8th at ASU Skysong.  This will be an audio conference on the topic of Uniform Guidance.  This event is worth two (2) CPE.  Then on the following Friday, on January 17th, please plan to join us for the annual Professional Ethics Update for AZ CPAs at Maricopa Community College Board Room.  This event is worth four (4) CPEs and meets the bi-annual ethics requirements for CPAs.  We will then round out the month, with a meeting on January 22nd at the Mission Possible Café.  This event will be at a different time than our normal lunch hour meetings.  It will be from 2 to 4 PM and then immediately after this meeting, we will hold a social event, at the same location from 4 to 5 PM.  At the education portion of this event, we will hear from a speaker that we have been fortunate enough to have a long-standing relationship with, Lealan Miller, CPA from Eide Bailly.  His topic is entitled, “Cybersecurity and Ransomware, It Could Happen to You”.  The social event following this presentation will provide a great opportunity to get together with others in the organization, and will provide some time to enjoy some food and camaraderie.  I hope you will plan to attend.  Also, as a side note, the Mission Possible Café is part of the Phoenix Rescue Mission and all money raised by the Café goes towards their rehabilitation and vocational training programs. 

Please do not forget to check out all of our upcoming events on our website, here.  Also, in February, AGA will hold its annual election of officers.  If you are interested in running for a position, please e-mail us here.  The positions available are: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.  It is a great way to give back to the profession, and to take part in shaping the future of the Phoenix Chapter of AGA.  As we begin a new year, I hope that whether you join the Board, or attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings, that you take an opportunity to get involved in the profession.  Again, thank you for your continued support of the Phoenix Chapter, and we hope to see you in January! 

Michelle Huckabay, CPA, CGFM
President of the AGA Phoenix Chapter

Upcoming Events

GASB Update

Date:  February 5, 2020
ASU Skysong 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. 301 Ingenuity Conf Room Phoenix, AZ 85257

This webinar will cover the new accounting and financial reporting standards, including the recently issued implementation guides for Fiduciary Activities and Lease.

The webinar will also provide an overview of the following Current Technical Agenda projects: Subscription-Based Information Technology, Arrangements, Public-Private Partnerships and Availability Payment Arrangements, Financial Reporting Model Improvements, and Revenue and Expense Recognition.

Tax and Retirement Seminar

Date:  February 28, 2020
1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. SkySong - Room SS3 130 Synergy I Scottsdale, AZ 85257

  • Discussion on the status of the Arizona State Retirement System
  • Discussion on Deferred Compensation
  • IRS update on Federal Income Tax
  • Department of Revenue update on State Income Tax

Improper Payments

Date:  March 4, 2020
1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. SkySong - Room SS3 130 Synergy I Scottsdale, AZ 85257

The ability to prevent, identify, and resolve improper payments is critical to the integrity of government programs and ensuring taxpayers’ trust in government.  Accountants, auditors, and other financial management professionals play a vital role in reducing the government’s exposure to improper payments.  “Reducing Improper Payments: Leading Insights and Strategies” will explore the latest developments and strategies for preventing and recovering improper payments with government leaders and experts.

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