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According To Data, South Florida Is Tops In Fraud
Since the first settlers hacked their way into the mangrove tangles and drained much of the swampland, sunny South Florida has been virtually synonymous with shady deals and scams. ...
Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Announces Promotions
Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that JANINE COLPITTS  has been promoted from In-Charge Accountant to Senior Accountant and MATTHEW RZEPA has moved up from Staff Accountant to In-Charge...
Florida Business Climate: Sigh
The business climate in Florida for entrepreneurs is a tad better than mediocre, according to new report.Related Headlines:Expensive vacations, cheap travelOld name gets refreshedScam puts online auctions in limboReach HighThe fourth... ...
BP Payouts To Local Governments To Start Soon
A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill.... ...
Resumption Of U.S.-Cuba Relations Isn't Expected To Set Off A Business Stampede
With embassies now open in each country, it might seem that Cuba and the United States are ready to do business with each other.But there are still many barriers. Not only is a trade embargo still in effect, but businesses also are...
Moving Ahead
Michael Leonard has joined Wells Fargo Advisors as the vice president of investments.James Moore & Co. Certified Public Accountants & Consultants announced the following new hires: Rick Feldman, Certified Public Accountant, will serve as a... ...
Maria del Calvo-Hevia Appointed Treasurer of CREW Miami
Maria del Calvo-Hevia, international tax partner at Ocariz, Garrastacho, Hevia, LLLP, has been named treasurer of the Commercial Real Estate Women's (CREW) Miami chapter. CREW is dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial...
Denise Garrastacho Named to FICPA Peer Review Committee
Denise Garrastacho, audit partner at Ocariz, Garrastacho, Hevia, has been appointed to the FICPA Peer Review Committee. The Florida Institute of CPA's administers an AICPA Peer Review Program for both AICPA member firms and non-AICPA...
Justin Thames to Lead FICPA Governmental Affairs
The Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA) recently tapped internal lobbyist Justin Thames as its director of governmental affairs.Thames is responsible for formulating, implementing and managing legislative and political strategies on behalf of...
Federal Tax Update - July 27, 2015
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc., Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA   Section: 165 Damage from Automobile Accidents Does Not Result in Casualty Loss for Rental Car Company Section: 408 Taxpayer Who Erroneously... ...
Federal Tax Update - July 27, 2015
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc., Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPAThis Week's Topics Section: 165 Damage from Automobile Accidents Does Not Result in Casualty Loss for Rental Car Company Section: 408... ...
Gregory, Sharer & Stuart Announces New Shareholders
Gregory, Sharer & Stuart (GSS) is proud to announce and congratulate three new shareholders, effective July 1, 2015: Victoria (Toria) R. Bartlett, Bo S. Brault and Scott C. Pearce. Founded over 30 years ago, GSS remains a strong, local...
CPA Firm Adds Industry Veteran
Keyes, Stange & Wooten announced that William D. "Bill" Harper has joined the certified public accounting firm as a part-time senior staffer.Harper was previously a partner with Harper, Wing, Weber & Co. PL, a CPA firm he founded in 1979....
Curt Castetter Named Partner at The LBA Group
The LBA Group is pleased to announce that Curt Castetter, CPA , has been named Partner at the firm.  He joined LBA in 2004 as a Senior Manager in the firm’s Tax and Business Services Department and was promoted to Tax Principal in...
Berkowitz Pollack Brant Promotes David Kolan
Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants CEO Richard Berkowitz today announced that David E Kolan, CPA, has been promoted to director-in-charge of the firm’s Audit and Attest Services practice. Kolan has more than 30 years of... ...
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,...
Promotions At James Moore
James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) is pleased to announce Katharine Lavenhagen, Justyna Mueller, Andrea Newman, Kyle Paxton, and Alfredo Ruiz have been promoted. Lavenhagen , a certified public accountant,...
Nestor Caballero Elected Chair
Nestor Caballero Nestor Caballero, CPA of Alberni Caballero & Fierman, LLP was recently elected to serve as the Chair of the Miami Dade Chapter of the FICPA. ...
IASB Follows FASB in 1-Year Delay on Revenue Recognition Standard
The International Accounting Standards Board confirmed Wednesday a one-year deferral of the effective date of the revenue recognition standard to stay in alignment with the Financial Standards Accounting Board, which also recently decided...
Why Paperwork Is Worth Millions To Florida College Students
It’s a midweek school night at Miami Beach Senior High School.Students, their parents and siblings — roughly 80 people in all — are waiting in the school’s library to get on a computer and answer a lot of... ...
Use The Backdoor Roth IRA While You Still Can
Few investors appreciate just how revolutionary the Roth IRA was when it first became available almost two decades ago. Traditionally, retirement accounts have been a method of deferring taxable income, with contributions to traditional IRAs...
Florida Among Top States With Fastest Job Growth
The Sunshine State is ripe with opportunity when it comes to the job market, according to Kiplinger magazine.Florida was ranked one of the top 10 states expected to see the fastest employment gains in 2015.The state’s job market this... ...
Warren Averett Announces Promotions
Warren Averett, LLC, a CPA and advisory firm has announced that Elizabeth McLeod and Christie Owens have been promoted.McLeod joined the Firm in 2006 and is a manager in the Firm’s Tax Division. Her areas of expertise include tax...
NewsFlash July 23, 2015
Mentoring for students; providing current, relevant and valuable CPE to members; state involvement through new resources for networking with other professional organizations. These are just some of the popular ideas for chapter engagement...
Moving Ahead
Sada Bradshaw has been hired as a graphic artist at Benedict Advertising and Marketing. In her new role, Bradshaw will develop the layout and production design for client advertising and marketing materials in a wide variety of media outlets....
Windows 10 Tip: Create a System Restore Point
http://www.groovypost.com Windows 10 has a lot of new features, but many of the old tried and true system tools still exist. System Restore is one that still exists and is important to have if something goes awry with your system and you need...
Affordable Care Act Becoming Less Affordable as Florida Insurers Prepare Big Rate Hikes
The U.S. Supreme Court may have upheld the Affordable Care Act for the second time, but the ruling hasn’t made President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law any less controversial. ...
Two-thirds Of Calls To IRS Went Unanswered During Tax Season
Nearly two-thirds of calls routed to customer service representatives with the IRS during tax season went unanswered, and those who did get through were on hold for on average 23 minutes, a new report issued to Congress this week said. ...
BDO USA, LLP Expands Into Central Florida Through the Addition of Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP
BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional service organizations, today announced an expansion into Central Florida through the addition of 95 professionals and staff from Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP (C/F/R). Founded in...
Federal Tax Update - July 20, 2015
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc., Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA   Section: 61 Tax Court Finds Economic Benefit Portion of Split-Dollar Regulations Valid Section: 707 Purported Purchases of Limited...
Federal Tax Update - July 20, 2015
This Week's Topics Section: 61 Tax Court Finds Economic Benefit Portion of Split-Dollar Regulations Valid Section: 707 Purported Purchases of Limited Partnership Interests Were Actually Disguised Sales And Much More … ...
Charles Smith
CHARLES 'CHAS' P. SMITH, 66CPS Investment AdvisorsCharles Phelan Smith passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Asheville, North Carolina, surrounded by his family and loved ones. He suffered a cardiac event while riding his bicycle in the... ...
Unknowns Loom As Governments Settle With BP
Several local governments approved large cash settlements with oil giant BP for economic development losses linked to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.But how much money many of them will get hasn’t been released — and BP...
Mendelson Consulting's Founder Named Among Top 10 ProAdvisors 2015 And Top Integrations ProAdvisor
Mendelson Consulting is pleased to announce that the company’s founder and principal, Mario Nowogrodzki, CPA.CITP, has been chosen among the Top 10 QuickBooks ProAdvisors of 2015. Nowogrodzki was also named Top Integrations...
What The Delay Of FASB's Revenue Recognition Standard Means
On July 9, the Financial Accounting Standards Board voted to defer the effective date of its revenue recognition standard by a year, while still allowing companies to adopt the standard as initially planned. ...
Watch Out! Five Ways ObamaCare Will Impact Your Business In The Next Two Years
Just last week three small business owners told a Senate hearing that the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare as we know it) is "riddled with problems that are leading to more expensive insurance policies, which is making it harder for... ...
Misty Martin Servia Files To Run For Dave Miner's Manatee County School Board Seat
The first candidate to announce for the Manatee County School Board District 3 seat has filed the necessary paperwork with the elections office.Misty Martin Servia, a 51-year-old planning department manager at King Engineering Associates and...
The LBA Group Announces Promotions
The LBA Group is pleased to announce several promotions: Mark Klebe, CPA, PFS, CGMA, has been promoted to Senior Tax Manager. He joined the firm in 2013 as a Manager. Mark has 20 years of experience in public accounting and 12 years of...
Business Buzz: Homeless Pianist's Makeover; A Retirement Primer; Accounting 'Firm Of The Year'
Complete Small Business Solutions, of Sarasota, was named medium practice Accounting Firm of the Year for 2015 by the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants. Awards were presented during the association's spring marketing... ...
Financial Executives International - Tampa Bay Chapter Announces 2015-2016 Leadership
The Tampa Bay Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) recently announced its leadership team for the 2015-2016 membership year.The following members will serve on the 2015-2016 Board:· President: Mike Delp, Finance Director,... ...
Business Briefs: DYS Acquiring Mattos Marine
In BriefDiversified Yacht Services acquiring Mattos MarineDiversified Yacht Services, a shop for comprehensive marine services to the Southwest Florida coast, has announced that it is in the process of acquiring Mattos Marine, a marine...
Florida Institute of CPAs Installs Mia Thomas as Chairman of the Board
TheFlorida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) announces thatMiaA. Thomas,CPA, CGMAofOrlando, will serve as the FICPA’s 2015-2016Chair of the Board.Thomas’term began July 1,... ...
Christopher Conti Of Stroemer & Company Appointed To The Accounting Principles And Auditing Standards FICPA Committee
Christopher Conti, Audit Manager, has been appointed to the Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards Committee for the second year. This Committee studies, reviews and comments on exposure drafts and research bulletins by various...
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Welcomes Gabe Crook and Trevor Godfrey
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., a professional accounting, assurance, and tax services firm headquartered in Tallahassee welcomes Gabe Crook and Trevor Godfrey to the Assurance Services Department. In 2007, Gabe Crook received his...
Florida Institute of CPAs Installs Mia Thomas as Chairman of the Board
TheFlorida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) announces thatMiaA. Thomas,CPA, CGMAofOrlando, will serve as the FICPA’s 2015-2016Chair of the Board.Thomas’term began July 1, 2015 ...
Federal Tax Update - July 12, 2015
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc., Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA   Section: Bankruptcy Tenth Circuit, Agreeing with Fifth, Holds that BACPA law Change Means Late Filed Return Liabilities Generally Cannot Be... ...
Federal Tax Update - July 12, 2015
This Week's Topics Section: Bankruptcy Tenth Circuit, Agreeing with Fifth, Holds that BACPA law Change Means Late Filed Return Liabilities Generally Cannot Be Discharged in Bankruptcy Section: 61 Advance Taxable to Employee in... ...
GAI Consultants CFO Karl Palvisak Receives "C-Level" Award
National Engineering and Environmental Consulting firm GAI Consultants, Inc. (GAI) is pleased to announce that CFO Karl Palvisak was chosen as a recipient of the 2015 Orlando Business Journal “C-Level” Awards. The annual...
Rich Heitmeyer Promoted
Carroll and Company, CPAs congratulates Rich Heitmeyer, CPA on his promotion to Partner. Rich joined the firm in 2001 and has served as Tax Manager since 2012. He specializes in federal and state campaign finance compliance, individual and... ...