Get to Know TACPA
Get to know our newest affiliate chapter, Texas Association of CPAs, known as TACPA. Started in 2002 by a group of sole practitioners and smaller CPA firms, the original members of TACPA were looking for an alternative to the Texas Society of CPAs—one more attuned to the needs of the small practitioner. At that time, the State Society was the only organization for CPAs in the state. Frank Sands, current President of TACPA, had been a long time member of the Texas Society since the 1980s and had more than his ten seconds of fame when he was featured in one of the Texas Society's television ads.
According to Frank, “Over time, large firms dominated the Society and for small practitioners, there was less benefit. One of my neighbors, a CPA and at the time, President of TACPA, invited me to attend some seminars and meet the members. I decided this was a good organization, and so I became associated with it. The rest is history, as they say.”
115 members and an active program to recruit new members
Three main conferences each year—14 CPE credits each
Board Watch Program with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy 2017 Annual Meeting: August 3–4, 2017
Frank first became aware of NCCPAP in 2015 because one of TAPCA’s existing members was also a member of NCCPAP. Frank got to meet both Sandra Johnson and Steve Mankowski, our president and past president, when they attended the May 2016 seminar. Frank knew that this was the beginning of something important. NCCPAP is a national organization with contacts in Washington and with the Small Practice Division of AICPA. According to Frank, “The relationship grew naturally. We started attending each other’s seminars and pursued the idea of an official affiliation. NCCPAP enhances what we can offer and elevates our status. Through NCCPAP, we feel we can communicate our opinions directly to the IRS and Washington—we now have a unified voice, as small CPA firms.” He continues, “It’s a win-win because with TACPA as a chapter, NCCPAP now has many new members throughout Texas. This collaboration is to the advantage of small CPAs everywhere.”
NCCPAP President Stephen Mankowski at the White House with Paul Teller, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs at the White House, May 11, 2017
Productive Meeting on May 11th with Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen in DC
NCCPAP's Neil Sullivan and Frank Gallo, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, and NCCPAP's Tax Committee Chair Sanford Zinman
NCCPAP President Stephen Mankowski and members of our Tax Committee at the White House
NCCPAP meeting at IRS with National Public Liaison Martha Tobias
We also met with Brianne Wilner, IRS, National Public Liaison
NCCPAP greatly appreciates all the time that the National Public Liaison's office has afforded us.
Melvin Hardy, Director, National Public Liaison, speaking at our Spring Conference in DC and with our Tax Committee
Scott Cheslowitz, Neil Fishman, Melvin Hardy, Stephen Mankowski, & Sandy Zinman