in becoming a member of CSATP?
Membership has many privileges and annual dues are quite reasonable.
Read the information on this page, and if you qualify, click
the link at the bottom to download a printable application
form that you can mail or fax to us with your payment.
There are four basic categories of membership in CSATP.
Active Member. To be an active member you must meet
one of the following criteria:
- Be enrolled to practice before
- Possess a valid license as a
Public Accountant or Certified Public Accountant.
- Possess an associate or baccalaureate
degree with a minimum of 24 semester hours in accounting.
- Be accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Accountancy & Taxation.
- Be registered by the California
Tax Education Council.
- Have a minimum of five years of
bookkeeping experience in public practice.
If you do not qualify for membership as an active member,
you could consider becoming an Associate Member. Associate
Members must meet one of the following criteria:
- Be a partner/sole practitioner
in an accounting/tax practice but do not meet any of the
requirements for Active Membership.
- Be an employee of an accounting/tax
- Be employed in government, a financial
institution, private sector business or nonprofit entity,
with primary duties in the field of accountancy
Additionally, you can get an Educator Associate Membership
if you are an instructor or teacher of accounting at an accredited
university or community college, or a Student Membership if
you are enrolled full-time in an accounting degree program
at an accredited university or community college.
Annual dues for Active Membership are $95.00;
for Associate Membership,
$60.00; for Educator
Associate Membership $60.00;
and for Retired/Non-practicing
Membership $40.00. Dues
are payable in full
Click here for an application.
There are many benefits available to the CSATP member. The
ones that are usually cited as most valuable are our educational
programs, our bimonthly newsletter, and the numerous networking
CSATP offers many seminars
that qualify for Continuing Professional Education credit,
making them very useful to professionals (such as CPAs and
EAs) who need CPE credits to maintain their certified status.
These classes are offered at both the chapter level and statewide,
and are given by highly-qualified instructors on pertinent
and challenging topics. The high quality and low cost of our
education is often enough in itself to make up the price of
membership. Many of these classes are available at no extra
charge; others are given at extremely competitive, discounted
rates. (Note: all CSATP educational programs meet the requirements
of the California State Board of Accountancy's Education Rule
88C, the Accreditation Council for Accountancy & Taxation,
the California Tax Education Council and the IRS as programs
which qualify for credit under continuing education.)
The Monitor is published
bimonthly and distributed free of charge to all CSATP members.
(Some chapters also publish their own newsletters on a monthly
or quarterly basis.) Its purpose is to keep our members informed
about relevant news, including modifications to the tax code,
important court decisions, and the legislative battle being
waged in this state over the Universal Accounting Act. Every
issue also includes a Focus section, which provides useful
information and statistics on a variety of topics, ranging
from online investing to automotive depreciation. Go to the
Accounting News section of this site to read some articles
from past Monitors. Or, e-mail us and we'll send you a copy
of the last issue - we think you'll be favorably impressed.
Networking is one of
the keys to success for anyone, but especially for professionals.
At chapter meetings and our annual conventions, you have the
opportunity to meet and get to know hundreds of other tax
and accounting professionals, a gold mine of chances to make
and get referrals, share tips and experiences, and receive
input on particularly problems you might have run across.
Nor do the networking benefits stop within our field, since
many of our members deal regularly with other professionals
from all walks of life. You can easily find a recommendation
of a doctor, lawyer, or financial consultant you can trust,
or send some business to a professional acquaintance of your
own, leading to some reciprocity down the road.
The benefits listed above already more than justify the relatively
small investment in a CSATP Membership, but the good things
don't stop there. Members also get a free
classified ad in The Monitor, a listing
on our web site's Member Directory, and most importantly,
representation at the state legislative
level to defend their right to practice in California.
We plan in the near future to expand our benefit program to
include discounts on software, publications, and insurance.
We at CSATP feel that our organization offers excellent value
for your money, and believe we have a bright future before
us. We will continue to strive to reach our goals as the only
truly comprehensive accounting society in California, and
we hope you will be with us as we sail on into a new century.
Click here to e-mail a request for more information, a copy of
The Monitor, or to present any questions
or comments you might have.
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