NewsFlash Oct. 3, 2013

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FICPA Announces CPA Insurance Marketplace
Nov. 1, 2013

The FICPA recently announced the private CPA Insurance Marketplace for members! This latest member benefit will save you time and headaches while shopping for and managing insurance. Enrollment begins Nov. 1, 2013.
  
The CPA Insurance Marketplace is available to sole practitioners, individuals and employees of members. Employer accounts with defined contribution tools also will be available through the Marketplace.
 
Coverage effective dates begin Jan. 1, 2014. From then on, all health-insurance plans available through the Marketplace will accept you at the standard rate – regardless of prior health conditions.

Welcome to insurance choices made easy!

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LearnLinx CPE

Stay Up to Date and On the Move with LearnLinx CPE
Available Online 24/7

We know a career as a CPA can be fast paced!

We’ve made it easier to earn the 80 credits you need by providing convenient, affordable courses on a variety of topics. LearnLinx CPE gives you control and flexibility – choose when and where you’d like to learn, and which delivery method works best for you. Select OnDemand (online self-study), webinars and webcasts to get the CPE you need.

What could make this opportunity even better? Take advantage of our special introductory price on all FICPA LearnLinx CPE courses!

Check out LearnLinx CPE and you'll discover why we say it’s the "Right Time. Right Place. Right Price." Visit ficpa.org/LearnLinxCPE today.

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Government Shutdown Affects Taxpayers, Practitioners
Journal of Accountancy

Tuesday's government shutdown affects taxpayers and tax practitioners in a number of ways. Many non-essential IRS functions will shut down, including all taxpayer services, as well as audits and examinations. However, no filing deadlines are postponed and return processing will continue. The federal courts also will stay open, at least for now.

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Tax Court closed during government shutdown; IRS announces no refunds

The Tax Court announced that, unlike other federal courts, it is stopping its operations during the federal government shutdown. And the IRS clarified that it will not issue tax refunds during the shutdown.

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SEC Exempts Accountants from Municipal Advisor Registration
Accountingtoday.com

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules regarding the registration of municipal advisors under the Dodd-Frank Act that included an exemption for accountants who provide a range of audit and attest services.

Dodd-Frank established the registration requirement to regulate those who provide advice relating to the issuance of municipal securities, to make sure they comply with certain training, qualification and conduct standards.

Under the original, temporary regs, the SEC was going to exempt only accountants who were preparing or auditing financial statements. However, after receiving a number of comment letters, it expanded the audit and attest services that can be provided without requiring registration.

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Florida State University Fall Accounting Conference
Nov. 7, 2013
Tallahassee

Learn to detect tax fraud!
Join us at the Florida State University Accounting Conference on Nov. 7 to play the “Embezzlement Game.” Presenter Kevin Cross, CPA, EA, MST will teach us how to detect and deter or report various types of fraud. His session “Fraud: To Catch a Thief” (3 AA) includes a high-energy presentation and one-of-a-kind fraud mystery game you won’t want to miss.

More great CPE sessions available:

  • Technical Accounting Update (1 AA)
  • Tax Reform: Are You Ready? (1 TB)
  • Up or Down, What’s Next? (1 TB)
  • And much more!

Earn eight CPE hours and save money! Take advantage of a jam-packed day of networking, high-quality CPE and knowledgeable instructors, along with an empowering lunch presentation from FSU Head Baseball Coach Mike Martin Sr. Take advantage of early-bird pricing and save up to $55!

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Elder Planning Symposium
Nov. 7, 2013
Ft. Lauderdale

The 2013 FICPA Elder Planning Symposium will help you sail ahead in the nation’s largest market for these niche services, which apply to 17.6 percent of Florida’s population. Attend the symposium and get the latest on financial tools to support these clients; Medicaid; long-term care; veterans’ benefits; financial exploitation; and more to provide a tailwind for your specialty.

Register for the 2013 Elder Planning Symposium and gain the knowledge to increase and retain your clientele!

Get more from the symposium by attending our optional, eight-hour seminar at the same location on Friday, Nov. 8. Instructors will cover Social Security, Medicare and prescription-drug retirement benefits.

Register for Symposium | Register for Optional Seminar | More Information | Brochure
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 | msc@ficpa.org


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Tech Tip
How Well Do You Know Internet Explorer?

Take this test and find out now!

Questions:

  1. How do you expand an Internet Explorer (IE) browser window to full screen?
  2. Why would you set IE to cache every web page you visit to your hard drive, so next time it loads from your computer and not from the Internet?
  3. How do you set the default opening web page?
  4. How might you find a website you viewed several weeks ago?
  5. How do you browse the web without leaving telltale history or other signs of your browsing activity on a computer?

Answers:

  1. Press the F11 key.
  2. Frequently viewed web pages cached to your hard drive open faster, especially for those with slow Internet access. (This technique works better for static web pages – such as shopping sites, search engines, or online dictionaries – than for frequently updated pages such as newspapers or weather pages.) To use this option, select Internet Options, Browsing History Settings, Never.
  3. Display the web page you want as your default, select Internet Options, and on the General tab click the Use current button.
  4. Click the Favorites star icon in the upper left corner, select the History tab and scroll through your history listing.
  5. Press Ctrl+Shift+P to open an InPrivate browsing session.

How did you do? To learn more about technology, the FICPA invites you to attend a technology course, conference or webinar; or get involved in the Business Technology Section and Listserv. Why not sign up today?


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In Memoriam
Jerry David Brown - 09/26/2013


Look for the next issue of FICPA NewsFlash Oct. 17, 2013.

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LAST UPDATED 10/2/2013