NewsFlash April 25, 2013
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Cabinet Confirms Stranburg as DOR Director
On April 23, the Florida Cabinet confirmed Interim Executive Director Marshall Stranburg as the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue. Gov. Scott moved the motion and the Cabinet members concurred.
The FICPA congratulates Director Stanburg on his appointment.
More information about legislative issues: Rivers Buford, FICPA Director of Governmental Affairs | (800) 342-3197, Ext. 203 (in Florida) | (850) 224-2727, Ext. 203 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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FICPA to Sponsor 2013 Leadership Academy Applicants
Are you an emerging CPA leader, or do you know of one? The AICPA is now accepting applications for its 2013 Leadership Academy, to be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 in Durham, N.C. The application deadline is May 31.
Three FICPA members – Kirsten Burbridge, Allison Harrell and Rudy Mayoz – are graduates of this premier academy. The AICPA established the Academy to inspire, nurture and empower the next generation of CPA leaders by providing them with advanced leadership training, access to well-connected professional networks and opportunities to exercise leadership in the profession.
The FICPA is sponsoring the $850 registration fee (facility costs, program materials, meals, social activities, hotel and CPE credit) for up to three FICPA members. To be eligible for the FICPA sponsorship, an applicant must:
Sponsored applicant(s) also will be invited to author an article about their Leadership Academy experience for Florida CPA Today magazine.
Join Us in Giving Back
You’ll have two great chances to give back and inspire hope during the Mega CPE Conference in Orlando:
On Thursday, June 10, FICPA representatives will volunteer at Give Kids The World Village and bring joy to children with life-threatening illnesses. By volunteering to staff The Village and become an “Angel,” you’ll have many opportunities to share happiness, from scooping ice cream to driving The Village Train. The FICPA will provide transportation between Disney’s Contemporary Resort and the Give Kids The World Village.
On June, 13 consider donating to the Dress for Success Apparel Drive to help disadvantaged women thrive in work and life. Drop off your nearly-new, professional attire at the registration desk for the Mega CPE Conference and we’ll take care of the rest. Your donations will benefit Dress for Success Greater Orlando, the Central Florida affiliate of the international Dress for Success non-profit organization.
To learn more about how you can give back at Mega CPE Conference or sign up, click the links below.
Money Run Raises Funds for Scholarships, Boston Bombing Victims
On April 20, the FICPA Educational Foundation hosted its 24th Annual Money Run 5K at Bill Baggs State Park in beautiful Key Biscayne. The race was not only fun, but a tribute to the CPA profession and to the victims of the explosions that occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Check out the Money Run results here. The fastest female CPA was Oria Lacayo from MDCPS with a time of 24:43, and the fastest male CPA was Roger Davis from EisnerAmper with a time of 19:32. They represented accountants and runners very well! Be sure to check out the other CPAs who participated in this year’s Money Run!
The Foundation awarded $3,000 scholarships to Brittany Jenkins of Nova Southeastern University and Stephane Jeune of Florida International University. Both recipients attended the Money Run to accept their scholarships and participated in the race with their families.
This year, the Foundation decided to donate a portion of the proceeds to the American Red Cross to honor and help the victims of the explosions during the Boston Marathon. The running community in South Florida is strong and we were happy to see all those who came out to show their support.
We look forward to another successful event in 2014, when we’ll celebrate the 25th year of the Money Run (formerly the FICPA 1040K)!
Questions: Jason Zaborske, FICPA Educational Foundation Development Director | (800) 342-3197, Ext. 417 (in Florida) | (850) 224-2727 Ext. 417 | (850) 251-7274 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Palm Beach and Broward Members: Build Your Referral Network
The FICPA is partnering with The Accountant/Attorney Networking Group of Florida to bring you a new networking opportunity. Join us for our first Post Tax Season Reception, where you can mix and mingle with many of South Florida’s most influential accountants and attorneys as we celebrate the end of tax season! Take your career to the next level and build your referral network at this one-of-a-kind event.
The Blue Martini
Energize your Thursday with drinks and tapas at the prestigious Blue Martini, located at 6000 Glades Road in Boca Raton. FICPA members can attend for only $25 per person. Bring a friend for an additional $40!
Florida State University Spring
Get a legislative update straight from the source in Tallahassee!
FICPA Director of Governmental Affairs Rivers H. Buford III will update you on legislation that impacts the CPA profession, and what you can do to influence its passage or veto by the governor’s signature. He also will discuss how to become involved with other high-profile bills and engage legislators.
You’ll also get a review of industry standards and updates; updates on upcoming legislation; tips for streamlining and protecting your business; and a lunch presentation from U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame member Dr. Norman Thagard. Expand your network with FSU alumni and area professionals while getting 16 CPE credits at the 2013 Florida State University Spring Accounting Conference.
Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference
Nonprofits must clarify their focus and operate more efficiently during bad economic times, while finding new ways to reach donors.
“The Internet is the great equalizer. If you’re a small organization, you can have a big presence,” said Kristen Jaarda, senior vice president of Crescendo Interactive, during the 2013 International Conference on Fundraising.
Technology, including social media and mobile, is streamlining the method and psychology behind giving – and you’ve got to build an efficient internal control system to match. In addition, regulations are always on the rise.
The 2013 FICPA Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference gives you the latest accounting standards and IRS developments, along with some fresh ideas for not-for-profit growth – including the “Online Fundraising” session from Todd Baylis, President of Qgiv Inc. Get quality CPE on the evolving not-for-profit landscape – two city choices for your convenience!
One of the more annoying things in Microsoft Word is when you copy and paste something from another source into a document and it brings over the formatting. Although you can use the Paste Special feature, it gets tedious if you’re doing it too often.
Make Word Keep Plain Text Only
In Word 2010 or 2013, go to File > Options > Advanced, or in Office 2007 click the Office button > Word Options > Advanced. Then scroll down to the Cut, Copy, and Paste section. Then change “Pasting Between Documents when Style Definitions Conflict” to Keep Text Only. Also change “Pasting From Other Programs” to Keep Text Only. Click OK to save the changes and close out of Word Options.
Moving forward, anything you paste from any source will be the default Calibri 11 point text font.
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LAST UPDATED 4/24/2013