EBPAQC Survey Requirement Giveaway Official Rules 2014

Entry Period: The “Former AICPA  Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center  (“ EBPAQC”) Member Firms Which Were Terminated for Noncompliance With the  EBPAQC Survey Requirement Giveaway” (the “Former  EBPAQC Firm Giveaway” or “Giveaway”), sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA” or "Sponsor"), begins at 9 AM EDT on June 23, 2014 and ends on July 30, 2014 at 5 PM EDT, during which time all entries must be received in order to be eligible.  The Giveaway is open to one (1) AICPA member from each Former EBPAQC Firm who meets the requirements set out below in the Eligibility section of these rules.

Eligibility: The Giveaway is open to one (1) individual from each firm that was formerly a member of the  EBPAQC but whose firm was terminated between FY2007 and FY2013 for non-compliance of the annual mandatory membership survey,  who meets all of the following requirements; a) is an AICPA member, b) is over the age of 18, c) is a legal resident of one of the U.S. states, the District of Columbia or one of the U.S. Territories, and who also d) completes the entry requirements set out in either Alternative 1 or Alternative 2 below.  [Note: For purposes of these rules, the firms described in this paragraph are called “Former EBPAQC Firms”]. Employees, officers, and directors of the AICPA, its divisions, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and the agents and advertising and promotion agencies of each of the foregoing, and any other entity that develops, produces, or distributes materials for or related to this Giveaway, and members of their immediate families (defined for these purposes as including parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, and each of their respective spouses) or households (whether related or not) of any of the above, are NOT eligible to enter or win. By participating in the Giveaway, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges which are final.

How to Enter:
 THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO ENTER:

Alternative 1.
  If  a Former  EBPAQC Firm rejoins the AICPA  Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center between April 30 and June 30, 2014 any eligible individual whose name is listed on the application as the contract person for that firm shall be entered in the Giveaway if both of the following conditions are met;  a) the individual’s name, mailing address, telephone and email address are all included in the application as the EBPAQC’s contact for the firm and; b) the firm’s Mandatory Membership Requirements Compliance Assessment Questionnaire is completed and submitted with the application to rejoin  EBPAQC;

OR;

Alternative 2.  If the firm does NOT rejoin the EBPAQC, Any one (1) eligible individual who is an owner or employee at a Former  EBPAQC Firm described above may legibly print his/her name, mailing address, name of the individual’s firm, and  his/her telephone number and email address on a postcard and mail the postcard to: Bugs Umamaheswar, Former  EBPAQC Firm Giveaway,  AICPA, 220 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC 27707.  As for any entries under Alternative 2, the first card received by AICPA from any eligible individual from that Former  EBPAQC Firm will be considered as the official entry and the person whose name is on the card shall be the entrant from such Former EBPAQC Firm. Any entries from other individuals from that Former EBPAQC Firm will be deemed ineligible and will be discarded. 

All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. 

Limit one (1) entry per person.  Only one (1) AICPA member may enter from each Former  EBPAQC Firm.   Although three (3) prizes will be awarded, an entrant is eligible to win only one (1) prize. 

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY.   JOINING THE EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN AUDIT QUALITY CENTER DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.  ONLY ONE (1) INDIVIDUAL FROM ANY FORMER EBPAQC FIRM MAY ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY.

Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify illegible, incomplete, misdirected, late, or falsified entries. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, illegible, incomplete, misdirected, late, or falsified entries, whether or not such circumstances were caused in any way by Sponsor or one of Sponsor’s agents. Sponsor is not responsible unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Giveaway. By entering this Giveaway, you acknowledge that the judges, Sponsor, and all other businesses concerned with this Giveaway, as well as their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents, do not make, nor are in any manner responsible for, any warranty or representations, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the quality, conditions, fitness, or merchantability of any aspect of any prize.

Selection of Winners. You have not yet won.  Three names will be drawn.  The winners will be determined by a random selection from all eligible entries received during the Entry Period. Selection will take place within thirty (30) days following the closing of the Entry Period at Sponsor’s offices, located at 220 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC. Winner selection will be conducted by the Sponsor, the decision of which is final. By participating, you agree to be bound by the selection of the winners by the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. The odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.  Odds of winning are approximately one in 40. 

 If any individual whose name is drawn does not satisfy the requirements set out in the rules or refuses the award, the sponsor may select an alternate winner.  The winners will be notified by one or more of the following methods:  U.S. Mail, email, telephone and/or overnight courier. Winners shall be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Prize Acceptance Form, within ten (10) days following notification. Sponsor will send the prize to the winner within twenty (20) days following winner verification and receipt of the above documentation.  A winner’s failure to claim the prize or failure to comply with any of the Official Rules will result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. If any winner’s address is incorrect, illegible, or invalid, that winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. Sponsor is not liable for awarding the prize to an entrant who has violated these Official Rules. Each winner, by participating in this Giveaway, hereby grants the Sponsor the right to use and publish his or her legal name and state of residence, image, likeness, voice and biographical data online and in print, and/or in any other media now existing or hereafter invented, in connection with the Giveaway.  In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any winning entrant, the holder of the email account associated with that winning entry at the time of such entry shall be declared a winner.

Prize: There will only be three winners.   Each of the three winners will receive one $100 Amazon Gift Card from Amazon Inc. (the “prize”). The retail value of each prize is approximately $100.00. Amazon Inc. is not a participant in this Giveaway and does not endorse, support or sponsor this promotion.   The prize cannot be exchanged for cash. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. No substitution or transfer of prize is permitted except as provided herein. Sponsor is not liable for any damage to the prize occurring during delivery to the winner’s address. Each winner of the Giveaway is responsible for the reporting, filing and payment of all applicable federal, state, and local taxes on receipt of his/her prize. The costs for goods or services not specified in these Official Rules are each winner’s responsibility.

Eligibility and Release. AS A CONDITION OF PARTICIPATING IN THIS GIVEAWAY, ENTRANTS AGREE TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, AS WELL AS THE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF SPONSOR FROM AND AGAINST ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURY, CLAIM, LOSS, ACTION, DEMAND OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH PARTICIPATION OR ANY ATTEMPT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GIVEAWAY OR ANY PRIZE WON, OR THE MISUSE OR MALFUNCTION OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED.

Disputes/Choice of Law: Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that this Giveaway shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of North Carolina, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. Sponsor reserves the right to take such action as it deems necessary to enforce these Official Rules and ensure the fair operation of this Giveaway, such as situations in which the Giveaway does not operate properly due to technical or other unforeseen circumstances, including without limitation barring entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, terminating or modifying the Giveaway, or modifying without prior notice these Official Rules.

By entering, entrants acknowledge and agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Giveaway shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the General Court of Justice of Durham County, North Carolina.  Any and all disputes, claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket expenses incurred (if any) in entering this Giveaway. You agree as a condition of entering this Giveaway that you will not seek, and hereby waive all rights to awards for, attorney’s fees, punitive, multiple, incidental, and consequential damages, or any other damages other than the actual out-of-pocket expenses specifically enumerated herein. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LAWS AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Winners List: The list of names of the winners will be available following the verification and the awarding of the prizes. You may also request a copy of the Official Rules or the names of the winners by sending a self-addressed, #10 business-size envelope to:  Former EBPAQC Firm Giveaway, ATTN: B. Umamaheswar, AICPA 220 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC 27707. Indicate "Rules" and/or "List of Winners," as appropriate, on the front of your outer mailing envelope, in the lower left-hand corner. All other Giveaway inquiries may also be directed to this address.

Use of Data: Sponsor will be collecting personal data about you in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy. Please review the Sponsor’s privacy policy at aicpa.org.  By participating in the Giveaway you hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage and release of your personal information as described in Sponsor’s privacy policy and as authorized in these rules.

Sponsor: This Giveaway is sponsored by AICPA. If you wish to be excluded from any further offers or giveaways by AICPA, send a letter informing AICPA of your preference to AICPA, ATTN:  Member Service Center, Offer/Giveaway Exclusion, 220 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC 27707. Upon receipt of such notification, AICPA will not send further giveaway materials to the address you specify.

THIS GIVEAWAY PROMOTION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.