NewsFlash May 9, 2013
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The 2013 Legislative session came to an anticlimactic end on Friday, May 3. There were none of the typical stress-filled, back-and-forth negotiations between the House and Senate, nor any last-minute theatrics by either political party. Of the 1,849 bills filed during Session, 286 passed and will go to Gov. Scott. Bills of interest that passed include:
Senate Bill 1500 –The budget is the only bill the Legislature is required to pass. Included in the budget are items for increasing Board of Accountancy staff by seven positions and requiring the BOA to survey their customers (you) on how well the phone center is providing service.
House Bill 569 – “Election Reform” will, among other things, increase the days for early voting; give the supervisor of elections more location types from which to choose for early voting sites; and limit the word count on Constitutional Amendments.
Senate Bill 600 – “Campaign Finance Reform” allows for more disclosure of campaign contributions, outlaws Committees of Continuing Existence and increases contribution limits from $500 per election to $1,000 per election. Your PAC will be asking for your help to meet new goals, and to engage your peers who haven’t yet contributed to do so.
Senate Bill 406 – “Economic Development” incentivizes additional economic opportunities for spring training camps and incorporates a sales-tax holiday Aug. 2-4 for certain clothes and school supplies.
Senate Bill 492 – “Estate Taxes” allows retroactively eliminating the requirement of an estate with a decedent dying after Dec. 31, 2012 to file a tax return with DOR; reduces the time from five years to two years for unclaimed property; clarifies that the clerk of the court must maintain copies of wills for 20 years if presented to them; and requires a trust accounting at least once each year.
See the May/June edition of Florida CPA Today and upcoming editions of NewsFlash to learn more about the FICPA’s efforts this Session. As always, feel free to contact us for updates on specific bills.
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
Legislative Wrap-up Issue of
The May/June 2013 issue of Florida CPA Today (FCT), the FICPA’s bi-monthly magazine, is in the mail to members this week. This issue has a recap of the FICPA’s accomplishments during the 2013 Legislative Session, including the passage of peer review for Florida.
Plan the sessions and social events you’ll attend at the FICPA Mega CPE Conference – check out the handy guide on page 16. This issue’s technical topics include foreign pensions as they relate to Florida practitioners, and dealing with a qualified domestic trust. And be sure to read the Department of Revenue column about sales-tax exemptions for building materials used for public projects.
Also in this issue, don’t miss the profile on FICPA COO Glenn Thomas, who will retire in June after 31 years of service to the FICPA.
Don’t Miss this Year’s
The 2013 Women's Leadership Summit will be held at Disney's Contemporary Resort during the Mega CPE Conference. You'll hear great speakers and have the opportunity to go on one of two excursions: a fun shopping spree and networking with Meet Your Mentoring Match! Don’t forget to participate in the Dress for Success Greater Orlando Apparel Drive. Drop off your nearly-new apparel at the Mega CPE registration desk on the day of the Summit and we’ll take care of the rest.
AICPA News Roundup
A collection of recent updates from the AICPA, including: AICPA Survey: What Are CPA Firm Members’ Top Challenges and Opportunities?; 2013 North America Top Technology Initiatives Survey; and Submit Comments on Clarified Auditing Standard on Internal Audit.
Don’t Miss Jeans for Scholarships
Wear your jeans and help out a good cause. Any Florida accounting firm can celebrate Jeans for Scholarships by scheduling a casual jeans day next Friday! Suggested contributions are $5 and $10 for individuals and can be matched by the organization, institution or firm.
Proceeds go to the FICPA Educational Foundation to help provide scholarships to deserving accounting students. Firms that become official Scholarship Wranglers are listed as official sponsors on the FICPA website. Be sure to visit our site to see who’s already a Scholarship Wrangler for 2013!
Questions: Jason Zaborske, FICPA Educational Foundation Development Director | (800) 342-3197, Ext. 417 (in Florida) | (850) 224-2727 Ext. 417 | (850) 251-7274 | email@example.com
Florida State University
Sharpen your skills for preventing and dealing with identity theft with this session from Jim Robnett, special agent in charge at the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division. According to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network1, more than one million fraud complaints were filed in 2012 – and that number continues to escalate.
This session will provide information about IRS compliance efforts regarding identity theft and how IRS-Criminal Investigation handles these problems. Get information about the Taxpayer Advocate Service, as well as other advocate services, and how to help clients who’ve been victims of identity theft.
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. Register now to hear these great speakers, network and get 16 CPE credits from this convenient conference!
Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference
Learn about common filing issues and errors with Form 990 from an IRS insider. Speaker Michael Glass also will discuss other important tax issues for nonprofits, including UBIT.
Form 990, 990T Filing Issues and Errors
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. Register now to save your seat and be on the cutting edge of the evolving not-for-profit landscape – two city choices for your convenience!
28th Annual Accounting Show – Save the Date!
Are you ready to rock the show?
The FICPA's 28th Annual Accounting Show gives you the chance to earn up to 25 CPE credit hours – including ethics and two bonus, on-demand hours. Keep your practice in the lead with the show's exhibit hall and choice vendors. There will be so many opportunities to network, you'll flip.
Make a good call with flexible CPE tracks covering A&A; Tax; Industry; Technology; Fraud; Business Tax; Practice Management; Financial Planning; Not for Profit; Elder Planning; Yellow Book; and more – all led by industry experts who give you the strategies and insight you need.
The zinger? It all happens Sept. 25-27, 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale. Register now to save your spot for this show – the opportunity is unreal.
If you’re a new Windows 8 user, one of the more confusing things you’ll encounter is how to shut down the OS. Here we’ve put together a roundup of ways to shut down, add the Hibernate option, and create custom shutdown Tiles. Continue reading to learn how.
Shutdown, Restart, or Sleep Windows 8
Let's start with shutting down Windows 8, restarting or putting it to sleep.
Bring up the Charms bar by hovering your mouse in the lower right corner, or use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + I. Or if you have a Surface RT or other touchscreen running Windows 8 or Windows RT, swipe from the right side of the screen to the left. After you bring up the Charms, tap or click Settings. Then select the Power button and select from one of the three options.
Add Hibernate to Power Button
Shutdown Windows 8 from the Desktop
Start Screen Shutdown Tile
If you like your Shutdown, Logon and Logoff sounds to be something other than default, check out the article on how to customize Windows 8 Shutdown and logon/off sounds.
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LAST UPDATED 5/9/2013