NewsFlash Aug. 22, 2013

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Guide the Future of the FICPA
Leaders Needed

The FICPA Committee on Nominations currently is seeking volunteers for nomination to the 2014-15 Executive Committee, Board of Governors, AICPA Council and Standing Committees.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to become a leading member of the FICPA and shape our association’s future.

The Aug. 31 application deadline is fast approaching! Take advantage of your chance to lead – apply today!

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Questions: LeAnne Spell (850) 224-2727, Ext. 225 |

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Have We Made You Smile?

We have the honor of serving one of the most commendable occupations on earth. At the FICPA, nothing makes us smile more than to hear how we’ve helped our members.

We invite you to inspire CPAs in our state and strengthen the organization by submitting your testimonial on our website with the link below. If you’d like to add your photo, look for the upload tool on the submission page. Have a video testimonial? Great – just provide us with your video’s YouTube URL.

If you need ideas, check out the great testimonials our members have already submitted at the Read Testimonials link below.

Submit a Testimonial | Read Testimonials
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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Coming Soon: Online Education with LearnLinx CPE
Right Time. Right Place. Right Price.

Your busy schedule can make earning 80 credits difficult. That’s why we’re launching LearnLinx CPE, the FICPA’s library of online continuing education. You’ll be able to choose when and where to take your choice of online courses, including OnDemand, webinars and webcasts – all at a discounted, members-only price.

Link up to the online CPE sessions you need at the intersection of convenience and affordability – coming soon!

Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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AICPA Offers Free Whitepaper on Top Firm Issues

The AICPA’s 2013 PCPS CPA Firm Top Issues Commentary reports the results of a recent survey of a range of practitioners, in firms of different sizes, about critical challenges they face.

Top issues for small firms:

  1. Keeping up with changes in complexity of tax laws
  2. Bringing in new clients
  3. Seasonality/workload compression
  4. Retention of current clients
  5. The effect on firms of new federal and state regulations

Top issues for mid-size firms:

  1. Succession planning
  2. Finding qualified staff
  3. Bringing in new clients
  4. Retaining qualified staff
  5. Owner/partner accountability and unity

Top issues for firms with 21 or more professionals:

  1. Owner/partner accountability and unity
  2. Bringing in new clients
  3. Retaining qualified staff
  4. Succession planning
  5. Finding qualified staff

Read the full report.

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28th Annual Accounting Show®
Sept. 25-27, 2013
Ft. Lauderdale

Our bigger, better brochure for the Annual Accounting Show® will rock your mailbox this week! With it, you can:

  • Check out the keynote speakers
  • Search sessions by topic
  • Delve into detailed session descriptions
  • Plan up to 25 hours of CPE
  • Learn how you can have a blast and benefit the FICPA Educational Foundation at Casino Night 5
  • See our latest exhibitor list and prepare conversations with vendors
  • Share information with your colleagues
  • Frame it and make funky wall art
  • Put it next to your face and take a new profile picture

We know our list of uses for the brochure isn’t complete – that’s your cue. Join us on Twitter @FICPA and share your ideas with us using hashtag #AnnualShowFICPA! To view the brochure online, click the link below.

Join us in Ft. Lauderdale and Rock the Show!

Register Now | View Brochure | Join the Conversation on Twitter
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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University of South Florida Accounting Conference
Oct. 24-25, 2013

Where can you get the best possible CPE and grow your network with like-minded professionals? At the University of South Florida Accounting Conference. Join us Oct. 24-25 at the Tampa Airport Marriott to get the education and experience you’re looking for.

Take a look at our featured session: Gambling with Your Internal Controls (1 AA) with Kirk Khan, CPA, CISA, QSA and Danielle Kucera, CPA. Come take an interactive look at the risks that companies must consider when performing risk assessments that relate to financial reporting. Together, Khan and Kucera have more than 24 years of experience in the industry as leading innovators. Come learn from the gurus of accounting and auditing!

Register today to take advantage of member exclusive early-bird pricing. Attend both conference days for only $420. Reserve your seat today to save up to $55!

Register Now | More Information | View Brochure
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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Tech Tip
How To Turn On Auto-Complete In Outlook 2013

The Auto-Complete feature has been around since Outlook 2003, and for good reason – it works, and saves time while sending email. When you start typing in the To, Blind Carbon Copy (BCC), or Carbon Copy (CC) fields, it will suggest an email address from your contact list. It should be enabled by default, but if it isn’t, here’s how to turn it on.

Turn On Auto-complete in Outlook
In Outlook 2013 click File > Options. Select Mail in the left panel. Scroll down, and under the Send Messages section, check the box next to “Use Auto-Complete List to suggest names….” Click O.K. when you’re done.

On another note, if your address book gets clogged with tons of old contacts, you might want to clear it and start over. Or, you easily can delete individual entries by clicking the “X” next to the contact name that pops up.

Click here to view instructions with images.

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In Memoriam:
Vernon G. Edgar, Jr. - 7/17/2013
Robert "Bob" E. Newell - 7/16/2013

Look for the next issue of FICPA NewsFlash Sept. 5, 2013.

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LAST UPDATED 8/22/2013