NewsFlash Dec. 20, 2012
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Entertaining family and friends is the best part of celebrating the season and welcoming the New Year. No party or gathering would be complete without great food. With this in mind, we’ve compiled our favorite recipes into a cookbook just for you!
Click the “View Cookbook” link to open and browse CPAs Cook – FICPA Family Favorites. Use the navigation arrows located at the bottom, or find a specific dish with the search bar at the top right. You also can save the cookbook to your computer, print it, share it on social networks, add your own notes and bookmark your favorite recipes with the blue buttons at the top.
To jump to the downloadable and printable PDF, click the “Download Cookbook” link and use the save and print icons at the bottom.
Introducing Internship Opportunity Engine
Internships put your firm on the map for the state’s newest talent. You can give students valuable experience while getting some extra help around the office. Finding the right intern for your practice can be time consuming. That’s why the FICPA has launched the Internship Opportunity Engine database.
The Internship Opportunity Engine gives member-firms the chance to expand their applicant pools by posting internship listings for free. Once it’s in full swing, the tool also will allow aspiring Student Members to search and apply for internships at Florida CPA offices.
We need your help to make the Internship Opportunity Engine a success for students and CPA firms. Click the link below to post your available internships. Include a description and desired skills to find the most qualified applicants. It’s a quick and easy way to attract some of the state’s best young talent.
Spread the Word: Amnesty Deadline 2012
Time is running out to reactivate a CPA license without penalty. If you know anyone with an inactive or delinquent CPA license, help us get the word out about the Amnesty Program, and fast!
Those with inactive or delinquent CPA licenses have until Dec. 31, 2012 to notify the Board of Accountancy in writing of intent to reactivate their CPA license – no questions, no penalties. They will now only need to complete 120 hours of CPE by June 30, 2014 to reactivate. The Board of Accountancy must receive the letter by the close of business on Dec. 31, 2012.
Letters of intent to reactivate should be mailed to the Florida Board of Accountancy at 240 N.W. 76th Drive, Suite A, Gainesville, FL 32607, or faxed to (352) 333-2508.
The CPE hours required to reactivate was limited to 120, thanks to FICPA-sponsored legislation that Gov. Rick Scott signed into effect earlier this year. For more information, call our Member Service Center or visit our website at the link below for details about the legislation. Pass it on!
IRS Extends Deadline for Complying
with Service Charge Treatment Rules
The IRS and the Treasury Department have issued a set of proposed regulations on the 3.8 percent Net Investment Income Tax that takes effect next year as a result of the health care reform law, along with a FAQ page with questions and answers.
The 3.8 percent Net Investment Income Tax applies to individuals, estates and trusts that have certain investment income above certain threshold amounts, the IRS noted. It takes effect on Jan. 1, 2013. The threshold amount is $250,000 for taxpayers who are married filing jointly; $125,000 for taxpayers who are married filing separately; $200,000 for single taxpayers; $200,000 for a head of household with a qualifying person; and $250,000 for a qualifying widow or widower with a dependent child.
Transition is the new theme for the global economy as the BRIC countries rise in financial power and the U.S. manages its debt. Innovative thinkers will take advantage of today’s best communications to collaborate and gain high ground. Will you benefit from the coming changes?
Perfect your skill at the International Tax Conference! You’ll get expert knowledge on current tax developments and how they affect your clients, plus a global forecast for the coming year.
The FICPA and The Florida Bar welcome CPAs, attorneys and businesses. Learn and discuss international tax issues to get the CPE/CLE credit you need.
Register now – spaces for this event will go fast!
According to a survey by the AICPA, 79% of respondents from the forensic and valuation community expect greater demand for these services in the next two to five years. Are you prepared?
The FICPA Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Conference features nationally recognized experts on vital topics such as fair value accounting, forensic interviewing, finding hidden assets and e-discovery trends.
These practice areas no longer are flying under the radar, so be sure to reserve your seat for this 16-hour program and get needed CPE credit to start 2013.
Windows 8 comes with a built-in security program called Windows Defender. It combines real-time spyware and antivirus protection in one program. In Windows 7, Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials were separate.
Now select the Settings tab, Advanced and check Scan Removable Drives. Then click the Save Changes button.
Now when Windows Defender performs a scheduled or manual scan, it will check USB Flash drives, too.
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LAST UPDATED 12/20/2012