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[WATCH] You'll Like This Change to Florida's CPA Exam Requirements
Good news, future CPAs! Effective July 11, 2016, Florida's Board of Accountancy made changes to its business law education requirement for students preparing for licensure as a Florida CPA. FICPA's Jennifer Allen explains in this video.
U.S. Loses $2.3 Trillion Due to Mispricing of Trade Goods
FIU College of Business professor John Zdanowicz conducted an analysis of 12 years’ worth of U.S. Customs data and found that abnormally priced goods imported and exported by U.S. companies are masking complex tax avoidance strategies that have...
Six Tips for Starting an Advisory Practice
In order to stand out in a crowded profession, many financial professionals are leveraging the escalating trend toward advisory services. The ability to offer specialized knowledge allows you to differentiate yourself from competitors and...
Back to School State Sales Tax Holidays Start Soon
Florida (August 5-7): Exemptions apply to purchases of clothing, footwear, certain accessories ($60 or less per item) and school supplies ($15 or less per item).
Florida Insurers Requesting an Average 17.7% Rate Increase in Obamacare Plans for 2017
Insurers are seeking double-digit rate increases for 2017 health plans that will be sold to individual Floridians under the Affordable Care Act, a reflection of increasing medical costs and the end of a safety net for insurers.
Florida's Hurricane Relief Funds Are Flush
The property insurance market is thriving and the state has dramatically decreased the size of Citizens Property Insurance, the state-backed insurer. The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe fund, a program that backs up the private market as well as...
Florida Supreme Court Says Web-based Florist Must Pay Taxes
The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state can impose a sales tax on a web-based florist for flowers sold to out-of-state customers and delivered outside of Florida. The Court on Thursday overturned an appeals court decision that said the...
AICPA/CIMA Joint Venture: Proposal Prepares CPAs for Accounting Globalization
AICPA and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) have been working together since 2011 in response to professional and global shifts in accounting. The two organizations now are taking their joint venture a step further by...
Thank You to Our Volunteers
FICPA is grateful to our volunteers. Their gifts of time and expertise better the CPA profession here in Florida and across the nation. We invite all FICPA members to volunteer. There are many opportunities to serve. FICPA committee service...
A&A Requirements Survey
Please Take the FICPA Survey The FICPA Board of Governors recently discussed an FICPA chapter recommendation that the FICPA pursue a statutory change allowing an alternative to the minimum requirement for 20 hours of Accounting and Auditing (A&A)...
AICPA, State Societies Call for H&R Block to Pull Ads
Perhaps you’ve seen or heard the recently launched H&R Block video and radio spots, which misrepresent the CPA profession and mislead the public about the expertise, experience and practice standards of CPA tax practitioners. In response,...
U.S. private employers step up hiring; productivity revised up
U.S. private employers boosted hiring in November, signaling job growth is likely strong enough to support the first Federal Reserve interest rate hike in nearly a decade when policymakers meet later this month. The ADP National Employment...
Proposal Would Create New Status For Retired CPAs
A new, uniform “Retired-CPA” status would be created under a proposal issued this week by the boards of directors of the AICPA and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). - See more at:...
Federal Tax Implications For Same-sex Spouses
Same-sex marriages are now recognized for federal tax purposes. United States v. Windsor, is an important court case. The Supreme Court changed federal laws interpreting the meaning of "marriage" and "spouse" to a to include same-sex couples.
Fla. Sales Tax Holiday Is Aug. 7-16
School starts Aug.10 in Jackson County, but last-minute shoppers (and retailers) are in luck this year. Florida’s extended back-to-school sales tax holiday will kick off Friday, Aug. 7 and continue through the first week of classes, ending...
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Patrick T. Hogan to Board of Directors of Florida ABLE, Inc.
Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Patrick T. Hogan to the Board of Directors of Florida ABLE, Inc. Hogan, 47, of Bradenton, is the managing shareholder of Hogan Legal Services. He is currently a member of the Florida...
CPA Firm Administrators Wear Many Hats
Thirty-five years ago, Celia Cue was the first hire at Miami CPA firm Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants. During those early years, Celia did a little bit of everything while serving as administrative assistant to firm CEO Richard...
Retirement: What The New Congress Has In Store
Exactly what do they have in store for older Americans and retirees? Are changes to Social Security and Medicare on the table, as some activists wonder? And, are changes in store for the tax advantages of our retirement savings accounts, like...