Member Benefits

Annual Leadership Conference

ARCPA's leaders play vital roles in the long-term health and vitality of this organization. Each year, the Society offers a Leadership Conference, presented by dynamic speakers that inspire, train and educate our leaders.

Awards

The Society confers several professional awards including the Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award, Outstanding CPA in Government Award, and the Public Service Award for Individuals and the Public Service Award for Firms. In addition, the Society presents annual awards for Outstanding Discussion Leader, Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry, and Outstanding Emerging CPA.

Continuing Professional Education
(CPE) Program

The Society's extensive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program offers approximately 100 accredited courses, seminars and conferences annually. ARCPA members may take advantage of these at discounted fees. CPE is available through self-study materials, in-house programs, conferences, and chapter meetings. Programs are scheduled year-round to meet the professional needs of all members. Beginning in 2019, ARCPA will be live-streaming a number of courses and conferences so that members do not have to travel to Little Rock for their educational needs.

Top-rated discussion leaders conduct seminars in every area of accounting. It's easy to take advantage of these programs. You may register in person, by mail, by fax, by e-mail or toll-free phone. The ARCPA website keeps track of all credits earned by members.

The CPE section in the ARCPA E-Newsletter keeps members up-to-date on schedules and opportunities. The ARCPA CPE Catalog is published annually showing CPE offerings all over the state. Special event flyers and conference brochures are sent to members throughout the year.

NEW in 2019! ARCPA will begin offering members four FREE live-streamed one-hour quarterly “Lunch-n-Learn” opportunities on topics such as the required AR State Board state specific ethics, tax, and legislative updates.

Information Exchange Service

The Society maintains a bank of ARCPA members who work in various specialized areas. Occasionally, a member will have a question arise that is out of his/her area of expertise. ARCPA staff can help put members in touch with other members to assist with questions and/or advice.

Insurance Plans

Perhaps one of the most important benefits available to members are the various insurance plans. Following is a list of the current plans available. Specific questions about any of these plans should be addressed to the appropriate contact. 

Accidental Death & Dismemberment

Underwritten by Metropolitan Life Insurance. Benefits available from $100,000 to $500,000 in $50,000 increments. Members and members' spouses under age 80 are eligible to apply. Endorsed by ARCPA.

Contact:  Walker Sloan
McGriff Insurance Services
1500 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 661-4850 / (888) 272-6656 (Toll-Free) 
walker.sloan@mcgriffinsurance.com 

Automobile and Homeowners Insurance

Underwritten by Travelers Insurance.  Personal auto and homeowners policies with a variety of convenient billing options. 24-hour toll-free hotline are available, should you ever have a claim to report.  No obligation quotes and premium proposals are offered.

Contact:  Central, South, and Northeast Arkansas areas – Ed Bennett (501) 661-4803 
Contact:  Northwest Arkansas – Chris Fitz (479) 684-5216 
McGriff Insurance Services
1500 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR  72203
walker.sloan@mcgriffinsurance.com

Business Overhead Expense Plan

Underwritten by Metropolitan Life Insurance. Benefits up to $25,000 per month for members under 50 years of age and $15,000 per month for members over 50 years of age but under 60 years of age are available. 

Contact: Walker Sloan
McGriff Insurance Services
1500 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 661-4850 / (888) 272-6656 (Toll-Free)
walker.sloan@mcgriffinsurance.com

CPA EmployerGard

Underwritten by CNA. EmployerGard was created exclusively for CPA Firms. CPA EmployerGard provides employment practices liability coverage including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment (both 1st party and 3rd party claims) and failure to make partner as well as other types of protection. Limits of Liability range from $100,000 to $2,000,000. Virginia Surety, an A-rated company, is the insurance carrier. 

Contact: Walker Sloan
McGriff Insurance Services
1500 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 661-4850 / (888) 272-6656 (Toll-Free)
walker.sloan@mcgriffinsurance.com

CPA Plan

Provides up to $1,000,000 of term life and accidental death and dismemberment coverage.
Contact: (800) 223-7473

Daily Hospital Indemnity Plan

Underwritten by Unimerica Insurance Company. Pays up to $200 per day while hospital confined. Members and spouses under age 60 are eligible for coverage as well as dependent children between the ages of 14 days to 19 years (23 if a full-time student). 

Contact: Walker Sloan
McGriff Insurance Services
1500 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 661-4850 / (888) 272-6656 (Toll-Free)
walker.sloan@mcgriffinsurance.com

Dental Insurance

Underwritten by CompBenefits. Members may choose a managed care plan with no deductible or an indemnity plan with a $50 deductible and the freedom to use any dentist.
Contact: Robbi Davis Agency, Inc. at (501) 954-8100.

Disability Income Protection

Association Plan is underwritten by Metropolitan Life Insurance. 

Contact: Walker Sloan
McGriff Insurance Services
1500 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 661-4850 / (888) 272-6656 (Toll-Free)
walker.sloan@mcgriffinsurance.com

Group Insurance Plan

Provides term life and accidental death and dismemberment benefits
on an employee benefits program basis for public accounting firms. 
Contact: (800) 223-7473

Long Term Care

Long Term Care is an asset protection plan underwritten by Unum. It provides benefits for coverage of Nursing Home expenses as well as Optional Professional Home Care Benefits and Total Home Care Benefits. Benefit Periods are 2 years, 3 years, 6 years, or Lifetime. Optional inflation protection is available. Benefit amounts range from $30 to $300 per day. 

Contact: Walker Sloan
McGriff Insurance Services
1500 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 661-4850 / (888) 272-6656 (Toll-Free)
walker.sloan@mcgriffinsurance.com

Long Term Disability Income Plan

Provides long term disability income benefits for AICPA and/or ARCPA members.
Administrator: Aon Insurance Services. 

Contact: (800) 221-4722
AICPA Plan Agent
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166

Professional Liability Insurance

Underwritten by the CNA Insurance Companies. Limits from $100,000 to $5,000,000 are available. 

Apply online

Contact: Walker Sloan
McGriff Insurance Services
1500 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 661-4850 / (888) 272-6656 (Toll-Free)
walker.sloan@mcgriffinsurance.com

Senior Care Plans

From 1MediGap Corporation. A variety of senior care plans are available for those who are approaching retirement age or are currently over age 65 and still working.  1MediGap Corporation (1MGC) offers a complete line of senior care plans such as Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, and Prescription Drug Plan.

1MGC represents major companies such as Aetna, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield,  Cigna, Humana QualChoice, United Healthcare, and more. Heady Nezhadpour, President of 1MediGap Corp. also represents major long-term care insurance companies as a General Agent. He has the exclusive endorsement of Chamber Alliance Program (CAP) and several cities and counties for Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, and Prescription Drug Plans.  Heady is certified by CMS and the State of Arkansas to market Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans. He is appointed by AARP, Arkansas Blue  Cross and Blue Shield as a preferred broker, as well as Humana, Qualchoice, United Health Care and more. He has received the Golden Harvest Award as one of the top long-term care producers in the country. Contact Heady Nezhadpour for a customized plan to suit your needs, or for Medicare educational classes for any sized group. 

Contact:
Heady Nezhadpour
headyn@gmail.com
Cell: (501) 920-8408
www.1medigap.com

Term Life Insurance

Underwritten by Metropolitan Life Insurance. Up to $1,000,000 in coverage is available for members under the age of 60 who are actively performing the substantial and material duties of their regular profession on a full-time basis. Members spouse may also apply. 10 year and 20-year level term coverage available. 

Contact: Walker Sloan
McGriff Insurance Services
1500 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 661-4850 / (888) 272-6656 (Toll-Free)
walker.sloan@mcgriffinsurance.com

Legislative Efforts

It is important for the Society to build relationships at the Capitol and to obtain favorable legislation. The ARCPA maintains a close working relationship with elected officials and appointed government officials and has a full-time lobbyist on retainer to assist with the legislative process. ARCPA Chapters periodically host appreciation events for legislators in their area, and the Society hosts a biennial Appreciation Breakfast for legislators during the general legislative session. Workshops are offered to educate members on the legislative process. All members are asked to assist with the ARCPA legislative effort by serving as contact persons for members of the Arkansas Legislature and the United States Congress.

Member Discounts

Member discounts are available from a variety of companies including CCH Publications, GE Appliances, Intercall Conferencing, Paychex, Inc., Quickfinder, RIA Tax Books, Standard Business Systems, CPACharge (credit card processing), UPS Shipping, and others. For additional information on these special services, email Robin at rharris@arcpa.org or visit our Member Discounts page.

Part-Time Assistance Program

Each year, to assist members and firms, ARCPA compiles a list of CPAs seeking part-time employment during tax season and also a list of firms wishing to hire part-time staff. The list is distributed to both parties.

Peer Review Program

Effective April 1, 2019, the Arkansas Society of CPAs began a partnership with the Alabama Society of CPAs to administer the AICPA Peer Review Program for public accounting firms whose main offices are located in Arkansas.  The Arkansas accountancy law now requires all licensees who perform audit or review engagements to be enrolled in the AICPA Peer Review Program.  Firms are not required to join the AICPA in order to enroll in the program. A peer review is a periodic outside review of a firm's quality control system in accounting and auditing. Its aim is to maintain and improve the quality of accounting and auditing performed by firms. The AICPA Peer Review Program is dedicated to enhancing accounting, auditing and attestation services performed by members in public practice.  For more information on the Peer Review Program, click here.

Professional Liaison Program

ARCPA serves as a liaison with the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy and Arkansas Bar Association. The Society is also an active member of the Tax Advisory Council, which meets annually to review and improve state laws. Other members of the Tax Advisory Council include the Arkansas Society of Accountants, Revenue Division of the Department of Finance and Administration, Arkansas Bar Association, and other taxpayer-oriented groups.

Public Relations Program

The Society works to enhance the image of the CPA in Arkansas among both the general public and special groups such as bankers, lawyers, and government officials. Society members take an active role in promoting the CPA profession among students in Arkansas' high schools and colleges. ARCPA maintains presentation materials for members' use, such as speeches and brochures. 

ARCPA eNewsletter

Twice monthly, ARCPA emails member and professional news to help members stay on top of current events and happenings in the industry and in the society itself. 

Leadership Guide/Yearbook

Each year, ARCPA publishes a Leadership Guide/Yearbook that contains information and a listing of its Officers and Directors, AICPA Council Representatives, Committee Members, and Chapter Officers.