NewsFlash Dec. 19, 2013

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Happy Holidays from the FICPA

At the Florida Institute of CPAs, the most important part of our equation is you. We wish you a joyous season and hope you share it with those who matter most to you.

From our family to yours – Happy Holidays!

Holiday Video Message


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You're the Director - Who's the Star?
Call for Nominations

We need star CPAs for the awards production at Mega CPE Conference 2014, including the Women to Watch Awards and the FICPA Annual Awards.

Women to Watch Awards

The FICPA Women’s Leadership Committee is proud to announce calls for nominations for the annual Women to Watch Awards. If you know a woman who exemplifies excellence in her profession, work/life balance or accomplishments, nominate her for an award as an Experienced or Emerging Leader. You can even nominate yourself!

The Women to Watch awards will be presented at the Women’s Leadership Summit on June 13, 2014, during the 2014 FICPA Mega CPE Conference.

The deadline to nominate is Jan. 15, 2014 – click the link below to get started!

FICPA Annual Awards

We invite you to nominate candidates for the annual Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry; Outstanding CPA in Government; Outstanding CPA in Public Service; and Outstanding Educator awards.

All nominees must be FICPA members. Candidates for the Business & Industry, Government and Public Service awards also must be voting members of the FICPA.

The deadline for nominations for all four awards is April 4, 2014. Please mail award application and supporting materials to LeAnne Spell, Florida Institute of CPAs, P.O. Box 5437, Tallahassee, FL 32314; fax them to (850) 222-5137; email them to spellL@ficpa.org; or submit them online at the link below.

Nominate for the Women to Watch Awards | Nominate for FICPA Annual Awards | View Past Award Recipients | Mega CPE Conference | Women’s Leadership Summit
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 | msc@ficpa.org


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Fisher School Dedicates Atrium to Dr. Irvin Gleim

The Fisher School of Accounting at the Warrington College of Business Administration recently dedicated the atrium of Gerson Hall, the home of the Fisher School, to longtime accounting professor and FICPA member Dr. Irvin N. Gleim. Dr. Gleim has been an innovative force in the field of accounting, not only through his teaching and research, but through his professional exploits as a self-made publisher. Dr. Gleim published training manuals for budding accountants that became the field’s authoritative learning tool for accounting students.

Dr. Gleim, president of Gleim Publications Inc., self-published his first CPA Review book in 1974. He now has more than 200 titles to his credit, providing accounting students the richest, most in-depth material for CPA, CIA, CMA and EA exam preparation.

Read the entire article here.


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Governmental Affairs
Consider Serving on a State Board

Many of Florida’s state boards are looking for volunteer CPA members. If you have an interest in a particular board, let us know. The Florida governor, Senate president and House speaker all make various appointments throughout the year.

More information about boards or legislative issues: Rivers Buford, FICPA director of governmental affairs | (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 | govaffairs@ficpa.org


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FICPA CPA Insurance Marketplace Coverage Effective Jan. 1

The FICPA recently announced the private CPA Insurance Marketplace for members! It’s the latest benefit that’s saving our members time and headaches while shopping for and managing insurance. Enrollment is now open!
 
The CPA Insurance Marketplace is available to sole practitioners, individuals and employees of members. Employer accounts with defined contribution tools also will be coming to the Marketplace.
 
Coverage effective dates begin Jan. 1, 2014. From that date on, all health insurance plans available through the Marketplace will accept you at the standard rate – regardless of prior health conditions. Enroll now at the link below or visit our CPA Insurance Marketplace FAQ page to learn more.

Welcome to Insurance Choices Made Easy!

Enroll Now | Download Flyer | FAQ
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 | msc@ficpa.org


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Begin the New Year Up to Date!

Update your personal or business profile now!

  • Do we have your most current information?
  • Have you moved recently?
  • Do you have a new job, email address or credentials?
  • Have you selected your email preferences?
  • Are you receiving the correct chapter notices?

Questions: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197, Ext. 1 | (850) 224-2727 | msc@ficpa.org


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National CPA Core Competency Study Launched
Take the survey now

Cognitive Edge Ltd., the Indiana CPA Society and the FICPA have partnered to present The CPA Core Competency Study powered by SenseMaker®. It’s the first large-scale look at how the U.S. CPAs in public accounting are measuring up to the core competencies. The profession has deemed these competencies critical, yet there are varying definitions and no way to recognize improvement.

The survey period ends Jan. 15, 2014, so please take it as soon as possible.

What are the seven core competencies?

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Synthesizing intelligence into insight skills
  • Integration and collaboration
  • Anticipating and serving evolving needs
  • Knowledge sharing

It’s worth your time
This is a different kind of survey. It allows for nuanced responses and a real person analyzes each survey. The survey instrument is fun and easy to use, and will provide results that individuals in public accounting firms can benchmark against now and in the future.

It’s secure
Any report produced will not identify individuals. Cognitive Edge Ltd. will hold data in a secure database and will destroy it within 12 months after the report has been produced.

You’ll receive a complimentary copy
A comprehensive report on the outcome of the study will be available for sale to firms and companies that choose to do their own benchmarking against the results. This will be the first step in establishing a baseline for the competency of U.S. CPAs in public accounting.


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Valuation, Forensic Accounting
and Litigation Services Conference

Jan. 9-10, 2014
Ft. Lauderdale

Paul Singerman and Chuck Lichtman, trustees lead counsel, and Harley Tropin, investor co-lead counsel, facilitate an in-depth look at the litigation following Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Don’t miss this first-hand account of South Florida’s famous fraud case in our Thursday-morning general session!

That’s just the beginning of the agenda at the 2014 Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Conference. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend sessions such as the Daubert Keynote Panel, “Hardball with Hitchner” and more.

Register before Jan. 1, 2014 to save $55 on 16 CPE credit hours with the early-bird price!

Register for Conference | View Agenda | View Brochure
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 | msc@ficpa.org


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International Tax Conference
Jan. 23-24, 2014
Miami

The FICPA and The Florida Bar have partnered to bring you expert instructors who will address the most pressing developments in international tax. You can earn up to 16 CPE credit hours with our agenda.

Since we’re offering some of the most requested topics in international tax, we only have a small number of seats remaining! Register now to save with our early-bird price and FICPA room rate.

The holidays are here and the New Year is just around the corner. As in 2013, the seats and savings for this conference will be gone before you know it!

Register for Conference | View Agenda | View Brochure
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 | msc@ficpa.org


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Tech Tip
How to Download Your Gmail and Google Calendar Data

www.groovypost.com

Google announced that Gmail and Google Calendar data now will be available for users to download and back up. It’s a great idea as backing up data is a top priority, and increasingly more data is in Google’s cloud. It’s also important in case a Google service goes down – as discussed a year ago in this Huffington Post article.

People panic when a Google service goes down. Be ready to deal with these interruptions and have data backed up or set to use offline.

Note: If a Google app service goes down, be aware of the Google App Status Dashboard. Bookmark it, and check it periodically if something goes awry.

Two-factor authentication – which we’ve discussed here and highly recommend – and other security measures make your Google account safer. But nothing is better than a copy of your data stored safely in your possession.

Google Takeout Adds Gmail and Google Calendar

Google Takeout allows you to create and download data from various Google services. Here’s how to use it. Although Takeout supported lots of Google services, two glaring omissions were Google Calendar and Gmail.

Google recently announced that users will be able to download archives of their data from the two services. To do so, click this direct link. Log in to your account, if you’re not already, and create your archives.

Click Create Archive and wait until the archive is created – or, if you have tons of appointments in your Google Calendar, wait for the notification email that it’s done and ready to be downloaded. Then download it for safekeeping.

Google also is rolling out the ability to back up Gmail data. If you don’t see the option yet, keep checking back. You can archive everything, or if you don’t want to keep all of it, click edit and sort by Labels.

Gmail messages will be archived in the MBOX format:

MBOX – An mbox is a way of storing mail messages. It’s supported by common mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook 2011, Mozilla Thunderbird and Apple’s Mail program. These files are most easily opened by a dedicated mail client. Read more about MBOX Format.

While Calendar uses iCalendar (ICS):

ICS – iCalendar is a common way of storing calendar entries. It’s used by many popular web- and desktop-based calendar programs. Most calendar programs will have instructions on how to import an ICS file. See instructions for important ICS files into Google Calendar.

View instructions with images.

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LAST UPDATED 12/18/2013