NewsFlash Sept. 19, 2013

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FICPA Remembers Rep. Clay Shaw

FICPA member and former U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw, who represented Palm Beach and Broward counties in Congress from 1981 to 2007, died Sept. 10 after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74.

Rep. Shaw, a Republican, authored the historic Welfare Reform Act of 1996 and was a leading advocate for Everglades restoration in Congress.

“We are saddened by Rep. Shaw’s passing,” said FICPA President/CEO Deborah Curry, CPA, CGMA. “His service in Congress was, without a doubt, vital to the advancement of our profession and to the esteem of the CPA credential in the eyes of the public.”

Rep. Shaw was a lawyer and CPA who held a variety of offices in Fort Lauderdale. He served as the city’s mayor from 1975 to 1980 before winning election to Congress.

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Internship Opportunity Engine

Looking for Interns?

The FICPA’s Internship Opportunity Engine gives members like you the chance to:

  • Find a great fit for your organization
  • Get extra help around the office
  • Provide accounting students with invaluable experience
  • Reach FICPA Student Members who can view your listings and apply

Click the link below to start posting your available internships. Include a description and desired skills to find the most qualified applicants. It’s the quicker, easier and free way to attract some of the state’s best accounting students to your firm.

Put your search in gear with this member benefit today!

Internship Opportunity Engine | FAQ Page
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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Get Noticed!

Do you have news worthy of sharing with your peers? Let us help you get the word out. The FICPA uses several avenues to recognize members.

Our bi-monthly magazine, Florida CPA Today, includes a Who’s News column. Email items to and check out the latest news in the September-October issue on pages 36 and 37. Members also may log in to CPAs in the Spotlight, another way we share information and highlight members’ professional and personal accomplishments. We also recognize members with FICPA Awards and through our social media resources (click on the icons in this e-newsletter).

Send us your news...and get noticed!

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AICPA News Roundup

A collection of recent updates from the AICPA, including: U.S. Adults Misidentify Financial Terms in Health Care Plans; AICPA Offers Recommendations to Improve Online Sales Tax Legislation; and Business Executives Grow Optimistic About Hiring Plans.

U.S. Adults Misidentify Financial Terms in Health Care Plans
Most Americans struggle to understand basic financial terms found in health insurance plans, according to a survey Harris Interactive conducted for the AICPA. The telephone survey of 1,008 U.S. adults, conducted in late August, found that 51 percent couldn’t accurately identify at least one of three common health-insurance terms: premium, deductible and co-pay. Read more here.

AICPA Offers Recommendations to Improve Online Sales Tax Legislation
Congress is considering proposed legislation called the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (MFA) (S. 743, S. 336, H.R. 684). The legislation would require out-of-state businesses (including online businesses) to collect and remit state sales and use taxes. This would affect thousands of businesses.

The AICPA recommended several ways to simplify the process and provide a fair environment for businesses that would be affected. Two of the recommendations to minimize the bill’s impact are to substantially increase the small-business exemption and allow remote sellers filing flexibility.

Business Executives Grow Optimistic About Hiring Plans
Although still cautious about the economy, business executives continue to raise their expectations for hiring in the coming year, according to the third quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey. The survey polls chief executive officers, chief financial officers, controllers and other CPAs who hold executive and senior management accounting roles in U.S. companies. Read the entire article here.

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It’s Fall –Time to Throw on Those Jeans
(For a Cause, of Course!)

Thank you to all the firms that signed up for the FICPA Educational Foundation’s Jeans for Scholarships program. All participating firms are listed as official sponsors and Scholarship Wranglers.

It’s not too late to become a Scholarship Wrangler! Even with our suggested dates, firms are free to choose their own days to participate. Our next suggested Jeans Day is Oct. 25, but your firm may participate at any time between now and the end of 2013.

Participating in this program helps the Foundation raise critical funds that provide much-needed help and support to Florida accounting students.

Thank you to those who already have become Scholarship Wranglers. We look forward to adding to our growing list in the upcoming months!

Questions: FICPA Educational Foundation Staff | (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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Get the 28th Annual Accounting Show® App

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

We’ve developed a free mobile app to help you rock the 28th Annual Accounting Show®! Stay connected before, during and after the event with these features:

  • Speaker, sponsor, exhibitor and staff lists with detailed info
  • CPE schedule tool with the ability to create personal notifications
  • Area map with routing functionality
  • Twitter access
  • Exhibit map

Register and download the app for free to your Apple® or Android™ devices with the links below. Remember to use hashtag “AnnualShowFICPA” when tweeting about the show!

Register Now | View Brochure | Download App - Apple Devices | Download App - Android Devices
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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Elder Planning Symposium
Nov. 7, 2013
Ft. Lauderdale

In Florida, 17.6 percent of the population is 65 or older. That means the Sunshine State has more people sorting through the challenges of advance directives, end-of-life planning, guardianship, Social Security and Medicaid than the rest of the nation. Can you provide clients with a tailwind as they make these tough decisions?

The 2013 FICPA Elder Planning Symposium helps you sail ahead in the nation’s largest market for these services. Run a more successful elder-planning practice with know-how about financial tools for the elderly, Medicaid, long-term care, veteran’s benefits, financial exploitation and more.

Attract and retain clients by gaining the right perspective on marketing and customer-service approaches for this industry. Register for the 2013 Elder Planning Symposium!

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

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Florida State University Fall Accounting Conference
Nov. 7, 2013

Inspire Your Team like a Pro!

Who would you turn to for advice on inspiring your team to become more productive and successful? How about someone whose resume includes more than three decades of producing great players; 1,723 career victories; 15 trips to the College World Series; and an induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame? Join us at the Florida State University Fall Accounting Conference on Nov. 7 to hear from a man who’s accomplished all this and more!

We’re pleased to welcome Florida State University Head Baseball Coach Mike Martin Sr. as our lunch presentation speaker. During his presentation, “How To Motivate Your Staff (Players) (1 BE),” Martin will discuss embracing better leadership strategies, empowering your staff and keeping them motivated even when the going gets tough. Discover the tips you need to inspire your team to become more efficient and productive, all while improving morale. This session definitely is a game changer for your firm.

Get the hours you need at this convenient and affordable conference! Take advantage of a jam-packed day of one-on-one networking, high-quality CPE, knowledgeable instructors and an empowering lunch presentation from FSU’s big hit, Mike Martin Sr.

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)
  • Fraud: To Catch a Thief (3 AA)
  • And much more!

Register today! Take advantage of early-bird pricing and you could 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
Block Facebook Game Requests

Do you have Facebook friends who send you annoying game requests all day long? You're not the only one. However, there’s a way to get rid of them (the game requests, not your friends).

What do you do to send those notifications to notification heaven and have a calmer existence? First, click the lock icon at the top right side of the Facebook main page. On the menu that comes down, click See More Settings.

Now, in the left hand menu, find Blocking and click it.

You'll be presented with a range of blocking options, which I have a feeling you'll use extensively in the future, now that you've found them. As tempting as it may be, scroll past the Block users option (maybe that friend doesn't deserve such drastic measures) until you find a section called Block apps.

In this case, I want to get rid of Zynga Slots. To get rid of an app or game, just start typing its name and you'll get suggestions. When you find the app, click its name. It will be added to your block list and it won't annoy you again. If you decide you want its notifications back, repeat the steps above, find it in the list of blocked apps and click Unblock next to it. It will be back in no time.

View instructions with images here.

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In Memoriam
Joseph L. Hickey - 09/11/2013

Look for the next issue of FICPA NewsFlash Oct. 3, 2013.

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LAST UPDATED 9/19/2013