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Sage Introduces New Sage One Accounting Cash in With Small Business Payroll Software The Location of This One Device in Your Office Can Suck Away Productivity Getting Closer to Paperless The Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing Buy and Maintain...
Florida Health Insurer Wants 31% Hike In 2016
Most filings are hidden from public view as trade secrets, but records obtained by The Palm Beach Post show one Florida health insurer wants a 31.3 percent rate increase in 2016 and another 18.2 percent.There’s a glimpse of good news...
Scott Reiterates Fight For Tax Cuts
Gov. Rick Scott resumed his push Wednesday for a massive tax-cut package and a “historic” increase in school funding, downplaying a call for agency heads to prepare for a bare-bones budget.“I’m cautiously optimistic...
Feds Suggest Possible Hospital Funding To End Florida's Budget Standoff
The federal government told Florida Thursday that the state will need $1 billion next year to maintain a hospital funding program that’s at the center of a political stalemate preventing passage of a new state budget — but...
AICPA Releases 6-point Plan To Enhance Audit Quality
In a six-point plan released Thursday, the AICPA describes extensive ongoing and new efforts to improve audit quality.Continued improvement in the quality of audits has long been a core focus of the AICPA. In May 2014, the Institute...
FICPA Office Closed Monday
In honor of Memorial Day, our office will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015, and will reopen on Tuesday. ...
Payment Snafus Plague Switch In Nearly 600,000 Citizens Policy Numbers
By Charles Elmore - Palm Beach Post Staff WriterFlorida’s largest insurer changed its account numbers for nearly 600,000 customers, but some payments to the old account numbers are going awry and causing headaches for customers of... ...
The Fuoco Group Announces Partnership with Hewins Financial Advisors
The Fuoco Group (TFG), a full-service accounting and consulting firm, has announced a strategic partnership with Hewins Financial Advisors, LLC (Hewins), a national, CPA-based financial advisory firm, to launch TFG Financial Advisory, a...
Employers Must Monitor 401(k) Fees, Supreme Court Rules
In a move that could brighten retirement prospects for millions of Americans, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers have a duty to keep watch over 401(k) plans to guard against high management fees that can erode retirement savings.A... ...
Gray Area In The Law: Banks Just Say No To Legal Marijuana
The U.S. government has opened a new line of business for America's biggest banks, and for once they don't want it. Little wonder: It's cash from legalized marijuana.The financial-crimes arm of the Treasury Department is making it easier...
Merkel Recognized
Michael P. Merkel, CGMA, CPA was recognized as The 2015 Outstanding CPA in Public Practice by the Indiana CPA Society at its 100th Anniversary CPA Celebration May 15, 2015 in Indianapolis. ...
Caballero And Fierman Appointed
Nestor Caballero, CPA and Andrew Fierman, CPA, Partners at Alberni Caballero & Fierman, LLP were recently appointed to the United Way of Miami Dade Audit Committee. ...
Community Foundation To Honor Philanthropist
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties will present its Founder’s Award to William M. Matthews of Palm Beach at a luncheon to celebrate philanthropy June 3 at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. He will be...
Taking Extra Swings To Help Others
Most of the time, using a second or third ball on a hole is not a golfer’s choice, usually forced by a water hazard or another unhittable lie.However, many of the 120 participants at the 18th annual Dean Lind Memorial Golf-a-thon on May...
Grand Openings: Southwest Florida's Freshest Businesses
Leggitt Tax & Accounting PLLC, 1432 First St., Suite A, Sarasota, has been opened by Eric and Sonia Leggitt.Eric Leggitt, CPA, was a partner in charge of the Terre Haute, Indiana, office of Kemper CPA Group and left the firm after 30 years...
Federal Tax Update - May 18, 2015
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc., Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA   Section: 61 Failure to Notify Debtor that Accepting Debt Compromise Could Lead to Taxes Not a Deceptive Practice on Part of Collection Agency... ...
How Much Do CPAs Make?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for workers with a bachelor's degree in the U.S. is only 3.5%, compared to 6% for those with a high school diploma. Still, many college graduates seek additional...
Technology & Productivity Weekly
How to Create Security Awareness at Your Company Windows 10: A Small Business's Best Friend? The Tipping Point in Cloud Adoption Stretch Small Business Dollars With PC and Server Upgrades The Tech Take: 3 Big Skills of the Future-Ready...
Senators Offer Civics Lessons In Response To Scott's Request For Budget Data
Gov. Rick Scott asked state agencies Thursday for bare-bones spending plans to stave off a government shutdown, a move that has prompted key senators to note the governor does not write state budgets.It’s a continuation of the...
Gov. Scott Asks For Critical Needs List In Case Of Government Shutdown
Gov. Rick Scott directed all state agencies Thursday to draw up lists of "critical service needs … in the event Florida is forced into a government shutdown on July 1."Scott's memos to agencies carry an alarming tone and were released the...
Tyler Host Rotary
Philip Tyler, Certified Public Accountant, hosted the recent Marianna Rotary program, Rick Bitner, President and CEO of Farm Credit of Northwest Florida. Bitner’s topic was the history of Farm Credit across all 50 states, how their...
AICPA to FAF: Full Steam Ahead on Private Company Accounting Matters
In a letter to the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) Board of Trustees on May 8, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) urged the FAF to “continue the momentum” of addressing private company financial reporting issues.AICPA... ...
NewsFlash May 14, 2015
Follow AICPA Council on Twitter or the WebGov. Scott Names Spottswood to Healthcare CommissionAICPA RoundupThere’s Still TimeSave 15% on All CPE Seminars with Spring Steals*Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference (16 CPE)Mega CPE... ...
E.F. Alvarez & Company, P.A. Announces That Alicia Castillo, Keungling Lee And Alejandro Alvarez Have Been Promoted To Partners.
E.F. Alvarez & Company, P.A. announces that Alicia Castillo, Keungling Lee and Alejandro Alvarez have been promoted to Partners. ...
Community Happenings May 13
All area codes are 850 unless noted.Diabetes classLed by Jenny Stuckey, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, and Anne Townley, registered dietician and certified diabetes educator, a diabetes self-management class will be held... ...
Estero Resident Named To Scott's Healthcare Commission
Gov. Rick Scott named an Estero man to the newly created nine-member Commission of Healthcare and Hospital Funding.The board, created as part of an executive order last week, was created to review taxpayer support of Florida hospitals and...
Be a Key Holder
Please join the Tallahassee Senior Foundation today. Your contribution pays for programs and enhances services. Mail or drop off your annual membership contribution at the Senior Center. ...
Windows 10 Tip: Erase Your Search Content from Cortana
http://www.groovypost.com Microsoft is deeply integrating its virtual assistant, Cortana, into Windows 10. This gives you a customized experience by tracking your calendar appointments, typing patters, flights, search terms and similar items....
Federal Tax Update - May 11, 2015
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc., Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA   Section: 167 Ruling Issued on Proper Treatment for Depreciation of Partially Recovered Metals Used in Taxpayer's Business Section: 223 HSA...
Federal Tax Update - May 11, 2015
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc., Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPAThis Week's Topics Section: 167 Ruling Issued on Proper Treatment for Depreciation of Partially Recovered Metals Used in Taxpayer's... ...
Golf Till You Drop: Imperial Golf Club Golf-a-thon Raises $200k St. Matthew's House
If you’re someone who feels like you just can’t get enough golf, this was the event for you.On Tuesday, Imperial Golf Club in North Naples hosted the 18th annual Dean Lind Memorial Golf-a-thon, giving golf fanatics the...
Despite the Warm Weather, Artists Like the Attention to Detail
It started as a small crafts fair outside the Lakeland Public Library in the early 1970s. Now, the Polk Museum of Art's MidFlorida Mayfaire by-the-Lake is one of the nation's top art shows, according to Sunshine Artist magazine. ...
Club Meetings: May 10
Email club meeting information to calendar@bradenton.com. A list of ongoing club meetings can be found at www.bradenton.com/community. DEADLINE: Information must be received 10 days in advance of publication.West Coast Woman's Club: The...
Technology & Productivity Weekly
Wearable Tech Is Improving Employee Productivity and Happiness The Rise of the Small Business Cloud Optimize Your Wireless Network The Top Technologies for Accounting Firms Tips and Tech to Boost the Productivity of Your Next Online Meeting...
Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP Named A Gulf Coast Regional Leader By Accounting Today
Cross,Fernandez & Riley, LLP(C/F/R)is pleased to announcethat itwas named a Gulf Coast Regional Leader byAccounting Today.Thelist is comprised of over 150accounting firms throughout the United States that arereshaping both... ...
Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Adds Joseph T. Johnson As Senior Vice President And Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Johnson brings over 15 years of experience in the accounting, financial, lodging and real estate sectors to his new position with Xenia. Previously, Mr. Johnson was employed by CNL Healthcare Properties and CNL Lifestyle Properties from...
Sibley Selected As One Of The 40 Under Forty
James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants(James Moore)is pleased toannounce that Mike Sibley, CPAhas been selected as one of the DaytonaBeachNews-Journal’s40 under Fortyfor 2015. The purpose of the... ...
Sibley Appointed As The Partner-in-charge Of James Moore's Daytona Beach Office
James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants(James Moore)is pleased toannounce that Mike Sibley, CPA was recently appointed as the Partner-In-Charge of the firm’s Daytona Beach office, which is one of thehighest... ...
Federal Tax Update - May 4, 2015
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc., Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA   Section: 36B Mere Eligibility for CHIP "Buy-In" Program Will Not Prevent Taxpayer from Qualifying for Premium Tax Credit Section:72 Taxpayer...
Federal Tax Update - May 4, 2015
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc., Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPAThis Week's Topics Section: 36B Mere Eligibility for CHIP "Buy-In" Program Will Not Prevent Taxpayer from Qualifying for Premium Tax... ...
Names And Faces
Kelly Lunsford has joined IT services firm SouthTech as its business development consultant. Lunsford's previous role was as engagement manager for Marketing Werks, a division of Crossmark Inc. He will be involved with business development...
Business People
United Way Suncoast is overseen by a regional board and two area boards. All board members work to advance the five-year strategic plan that the agency put into action last year. Many board members serve year-to-year continuously, but...
Official Notice of the FICPA Educational Foundation Annual Meeting
In compliance with Article II, Section 4 of the Bylaws of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Educational Foundation, be it known that the Annual Meeting of the Members and Board of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, June...
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NewsFlash April 30, 2015
Florida House Leaves Early, Special Session Looms;O'Sullivan Appointed to University Board of Trustees;Legislative Wrap-up Issue of Florida CPA Today is in the Mail;CPA Day of Service is This Saturday!;AICPA News Roundup;Spring Steals! ...
Audit Good News for Fruitland Park
FRUITLAND PARK – City commissioners heard good news last week from the city’s independent financial auditor.In March, Chet Ross, CPA, warned commissioners they might be in danger of posting a negative balance in the...
WMFR Station 4 Rebuild Plans Move Forward
West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners have engaged an architect to plan the rebuilding of Station No. 4, 407 67th St. W., Bradenton.The commissioners voted 3-1 April 16 to engage the services of NDC Construction Company to draw up plans...
Overview of Various Types of IRAs Available
At one time, there was relatively little confusion about IRAs because there was only one type available. Now, however, IRAs have proliferated-there's the "traditional" IRA, which may be funded with deductible and/or nondeductible...
Fuoco Group Completes Third Merger of 2015
BOCA RATON – Fuoco Group is proud toannounce the merger of MCG Financial Services, Approved Accounting Associates and NHC Hospitality Consultants, a trilogy of accounting and consulting firms (“MCG”) based in Boca Raton,...
Deadline Looms to Submit BP claims
PANAMA CITY BEACH – With the 5-year anniversary of the BP oil spill recently passed, the energy conglomerate will soon end its claims process for businesses and individuals under the class action settlement agreement. ...