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July 9th 2020: The South Dakota CPA Society has continued to monitor the COVID-19 environment and have been evaluating our CPE programs on a month by month basis as restrictions keep changing and evolving.  We will update all members and attendees as situations change or evolve.

September 22nd 2020: Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment, the instructors health/travel restrictions, and the health and safety of our members and staff in mind, the following difficult decision has been made to switch the Annual Tax Institute and West River Tax Cluster to an online virtual format. 

The Iowa Society of CPAs has made the decision to make all their ISCPA CPE programs through December 31 move to an online virtual format.  This will directly affect all our co-sponsored CPE courses in Sioux City. Please check courses for any specific changes. 

2020 Important Dates to Remember

  • Annual Meeting & Convention - Chamberlain, SD - September 2nd-3rd
  • Tax Institute - Sioux Falls, SD - November 3rd-4th (ONLINE VIRTUAL) 
  • West River Tax Cluster - Rapid City, SD - November 9th-10th (ONLINE VIRTUAL) 

100 Year Milestone 

The South Dakota CPA Society began in 1917 with four CPAs in public accounting and has grown to over 900 members working in public accounting, business, industry, government and education. The Society celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2017 reflecting on the past, present and future of the profession. To view our historical brochure from the event click here.

Promoting the Profession 

This committee has been active in the community serving on the following projects:

University Showcases hosted by the Society is an opportunity for college students to explore amazing companies and finance careers available in South Dakota by visiting with local CPAs. Students are also given information about scholarship opportunities; click here for more scholarship information.

Academy of Finance is an advanced high school program that allows students to learn how to record business transactions by using online, automated software and simulations. The program teaches students how to record business transactions, prepare financial statements, and learn business foundations for professional or personal use.  Society members meet annually with three different classrooms at the CTE Academy of Finance to talk with the high school accounting students about the profession, their experiences, and give expert advice for their future careers!

Tax Prep Assistance at McCrossan Boys Ranch.  The Society and its volunteer members perform annual community outreach and assist the residents at McCrossan Boys Ranch with filing their income taxes.  For many of the boys, they had worked their first jobs in the past year and are unfamiliar with the process of filing taxes.  Society members walked them through the process, answered all their questions, and gave them the necessary tools to prepare their own tax returns in the future.

Past Society Projects:

(1990-2020) ASK A CPA, was an annual call-in program sponsored by the Society that gave the public an opportunity to ask a certified public accountant (CPA) about business and personal tax matters, planning for year end, general business and accounting issues, referrals and other financial concerns.

(2013-2019) Movies Under The Stars was a Society sponsored event along with local firms Ketel Thorstenson LLP, Casey Peterson, LTD, DeSmet & Biggs LLP, and Donna Denker & Associates. The event took place in the Rapid City community for a night of games, giveaways, and a night of entertainment.

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

The AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) have established a new global designation for management accounting, the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Learn more and find out if you qualify. Visit to discover all the benefits and resources.



Upcoming CPE Courses

2020 Preparation, Compilation and Review Update for the Local Firm (Virtual) (CRUC-VIR)

Monday, October 26, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Annual Update for Accountants and Auditors (Virtual) (AUAA-VIR)

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Guide to Payroll Taxes and 1099 Issues (Virtual) (GPT4-VIR)

Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 11:45AM

The Essential Multistate Tax Update (Virtual) (MST4-VIR)

Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 12:45PM to 4:30 PM

41st Annual Tax Institute (Virtual) (TI-VIR)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 8:00 AM to Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Advanced Taxation LLCs & Partnerships (Virtual) (TSEAPL-V)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Surgent's Best Federal Tax Update (Virtual) (BFTU-SFV)

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

30th Annual West River Tax Cluster (Virtual) (WRTC-VIR)

Monday, November 9, 2020 at 8:00 AM to Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Reviewing Pass-Through Tax Returns: What Are You Missing? (Virtual) (RPTR-VIR)

Monday, November 9, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Surgent's Best Federal Tax Update (Virtual) (BFTU-RCV)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM