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NewsFlash April 17, 2014
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Gov. Scott Appoints James Lane to BOA
Gov. Rick Scott recently announced the appointment of FICPA member James Lane to the Florida Board of Accountancy.
Lane, of Winter Park, is a CPA with Averett, Warmus, Durkee. He succeeds William Durkin and is appointed for a term that began March 7, 2014 and will end Oct. 31, 2017.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Bring Out the Leader in You
FICPA committees provide an excellent opportunity to network with your peers from throughout Florida and play an influential role in shaping the future of your profession.
Prepare for the New Standards in PFP
The AICPA’s Statement on Standards in Personal Financial Planning Services (SSPFPS No. 1) was issued to provide authoritative guidance and establish enforceable standards for members practicing in PFP. SSPFPS No. 1 was issued in January 2014 and is effective beginning July 1, 2014.
All AICPA members are required to follow a rigorous Code of Professional Conduct requiring that they act with integrity, objectivity, due care and competence; fully disclose any conflicts of interest (and obtain client consent if a conflict exists); maintain client confidentiality; disclose to the client any commission or referral fees; and serve the public interest when providing financial services.
DBPR Promotes CPAs in Florida Trend
The April 2014 issue of Florida Trend includes a Sponsored Report, Beyond Taxes, from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). The attractive, two-page article promotes the importance of using CPAs and the value of the profession. DBPR subsidized the piece through its Unlicensed Activity (ULA) Campaign, which is funded through a portion of Florida CPAs’ license fees.
“We’re so pleased with the publication of the Florida Trend report,” said FICPA President/CEO Deborah Curry. “Increasing public awareness about the prestige of the CPA credential is a key element in our efforts to help ensure our members’ success.”
Senate Bill 1500, passed during the 2013 Legislative Session, mandates that a portion of CPA licensure fees be used to fund the DBPR’s Unlicensed Activity Campaign. DBPR and the FICPA collaborate on the campaign.
Do You Belong in the Spotlight?
In the past, the FICPA highlighted members’ promotions, new positions, speeches, business achievements and more with the “On the Move” feature in Florida CPA Today magazine. Beginning with the May/June issue of the magazine, we’ll continue the tradition of recognizing member accomplishments with the “CPAs in the Spotlight” feature. We think you’ll love the sharp new logo!
CPAs in the Spotlight is part of the Institute’s ongoing efforts to share information and promote our members’ success in print, online and via social media. Click the links below to read CPAs in the Spotlight on our website, follow the #CPAsInTheSpotlight hashtag on Twitter or view our Pinterest board.
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What’s Hot on FICPA Connect’s
The Federal Taxation Group on FICPA Connect recently has exploded with activity. Here are the group’s most popular discussions this month.
What Would You Do?
Long term client has delayed in getting their fiscal year end 7/31/13 tax information to me…[Read More]
Shareholder Health Insurance
I’m sure everyone has encountered this situation and am wondering how others…[Read More]
Extension & EFTPS
Client called and advised that he made an extension payment via EFTPS. My question…[Read More]
Join these discussions or search our many other groups – including Accounting & Auditing; Business Technology; Common Interest Realty Associations; Florida Industry; Florida State Tax; Management of an Accounting Practice; State & Local Government and Valuation; and Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services – by logging in to connect.ficpa.org with your website member credentials.*
FICPA Connect provides members with a place to communicate and collaborate with fellow CPAs throughout Florida. Your member login now grants you access to hot-topic discussion forums, group resources and more that are specific to your needs. Learn more with the links below.
Compete in the Suncoast Scramble
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The Suncoast Scramble Golf Tournament provides unique sponsorship opportunities to increase visibility and exposure of company products and services to more than 100 of Florida’s top CPA professionals. Register as a sponsor today or simply sign up as a golfer.
Compete at the tournament and prove you're up to par – have your team's name etched onto the Florida CPA Champions Cup for 2014! The winners can showcase the trophy in their office until the 2015 Suncoast Scramble.
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Six Reasons You Can’t Miss the
Can’t attend in person? No problem! Register to watch the Health Care Industry Conference via webcast or opt for the single-day options with the links below.
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The Mega CPE Conference is Back in Black at Walt Disney World® Resort as the ultimate bizcation. Registration is open and the hotels are filling up fast!
Attendees can earn up to 40 hours of CPE, including up to eight hours of bonus OnDemand CPE, with our customizable schedule and price. Choose from accounting and auditing; tax; industry; government; technology; practice management; ethics; leadership events; the Women’s Leadership Summit; and the all-new Accel 2014, Florida’s Young CPA Leadership Forum.
If you want the convenience and luxury of Walt Disney World® Resort hotels at just $179/night with the FICPA room rate, act soon. Our space at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is almost sold out and we’ve begun filling our block at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Register for the Mega CPE Conference and reserve your room today!
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Introducing 12 New CPE Webinars for Industry CPAs
Are you a CPA working in industry? The FICPA has partnered with Auxis Inc. to bring you an exclusive series of one-hour webinars. The first twelve of our partnered courses now are available for registration. Hurry – the next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23 and is filling up fast!
Auxis is a consulting and outsourcing firm that has served over 300 companies and built a unique business model on their passion for quality. To learn more, click the links below. More courses will be available soon.
Microsoft recently ended support for Windows XP, but still will provide updates for Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for a limited time. This will give XP users a bit more time to keep their computer secure until they decide their options for moving on.
Security Essential Updates of XP
Microsoft was vague about exactly how long it will provide antimalware updates to MSE. But don’t expect them to keep coming for very long.
Also, keep in mind that April 8 was Patch Tuesday. This is your chance to get your final security patches for the 12-year-old operating system. Microsoft also is ending support for Office 2003, so make sure you grab those updates as well.
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