NewsFlash June 1, 2017

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CFO Atwater Encourages Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Dollars & Sense
Florida Department of Financial Services

It goes without saying that June 1 has a special meaning to Floridians: the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Last fall, Florida’s 10-year hurricane-free streak was broken as Hurricane Hermine made landfall near the coast of St. Marks. About one month later, Hurricane Matthew made landfall over Haiti as a Category 4 hurricane, later embarking on a three-day journey up Florida’s east coast and into Georgia and the Carolinas, causing damage that exceeded $729 million and generated 112,000 insurance claims. In total, Floridians last year filed nearly 130,000 insurance claims totaling roughly $800 million in losses.

The question now is: If a storm were to reach Florida’s shores next week, would you be prepared?

To read CFO Atwater’s entire letter to Floridians, click here.

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Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday is This Weekend

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales-tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017. During this sales-tax holiday, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

Information about the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, including a list of qualifying items, promotional materials and FAQs, is available on the Department of Revenue’s website.

To view the information, click here.

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2017 FM Global Resilience Index Exposes Hidden Supply Chain Risks

Threats of cyberattack, natural disaster and supply chain failure inform new country-by-country resilience rankings

By Patrick Burnson
Supply Chain Management Review

Supply chain managers are being told that three of the most pressing risks to business performance in the 21st century are cyberattack, natural hazards and supply chain failure. The 2017 FM Global Resilience Index, released this month, provides SCMR readers with additional insights on emerging nations.

To read the full article, click here.

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Seven Cyber Threats to CPAs

By Nick Huber
CA Magazine

The threat of cybercrime is ever present and constantly evolving. Every year we see more high-profile companies falling victim to hackers, and new types of cybersecurity threat emerging.

Here are the main cyber threats of which accountants need to be aware.

To read the full article, click here.

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How to Create a More Focused Practice

By Brannon Poe, CPA
Journal of Accountancy

In much the same way as our homes do, CPA firms can become cluttered. Firms try to offer more service lines than they can handle. Not only is this not optimal for your clients, it can create unnecessary risk to your practice, and you can leave money on the table by not focusing. 

Becoming a jack of all trades is a common pitfall. All too often in public practice, well-meaning owners try to be too many things to too many people. The two main reasons are:

  • Clients ask for a service a firm does not currently provide. The owner realizes there likely is demand for that service and adds it. The service may be something fairly straightforward: payroll, for example. And, if it were just payroll, it wouldn't be a problem. But owners have a tendency to keep adding services until they – and indeed, their practices – go off message.
  • Vendors encourage owners to diversify to capture new profit centers, persuading them with the allure of a new profit center and the misguided belief that a CPA practice should be a “one-stop shop.”
To read the full article, click here.

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Has Your Membership Category Changed?



  • Did you recently become partner?
  • Did you open your own company?
  • Did you move out of state?
  • Did you retire?
  • Are you newly certified and need to upgrade your student or associate membership?

Call us at (800) 342-3197, Ext.1 or email so we can update your record.

Thank you so much for your membership and support. We truly appreciate your partnership.

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Mega CPE Conference (Up to 40 CPE)
June 14 - 17, 2017
Orlando or Online



Join over 500 CPAs and accounting professionals in less than two weeks at the Gaylord Palms Resort. It’s your opportunity to earn up to 40 hours of CPE in a flash – but it’s much more than that.

You’ll be around the corner from Walt Disney World® Resort and close to countless restaurants, shopping and Orlando’s other famous attractions. Even if you can’t make it in person, you can attend three full days of education online with the Simulcast.

CPAs from all over Florida and beyond will be coming to Mega CPE Conference to learn the latest and catch up on credits while on vacation. Don’t miss everything that’s included:

  • Up to 32 hours of CPE plus the opportunity to earn up to eight bonus online hours with your registration
  • 53 breakout sessions covering everything from forensic accounting to corporate finance to cybersecurity and more
  • Keynote addresses from Robert Weissert, Executive Vice President of Florida TaxWatch; and Tim Christen, Past Chairman of the AICPA Board of Directors
  • Four conferences in one: This year’s Mega CPE Conference also includes the State Tax Conference, the Employee Benefits Conference and Women’s Leadership Summit
  • Four early bird sessions
  • Four general sessions
  • Four hours of ethics
  • And so much more

If you've never been to Mega, you can save an additional $55 by using promo code NEWMEGA17 when you register to attend 16 CPE hours of more.* Hurry – time is running out to register and book your room!

Register to Attend in Person | Simulcast – Day 1 | Simulcast – Day 2 | Simulcast – Day 3 | Learn More
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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It’s Already Heating Up – Spring Steals Won’t Last Long



Seminars are coming to your area! FICPA Seminars are provided by subject-matter experts who are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about their topics. Take advantage of the variety of topics we offer before it’s too late. Register now through June 19, 2017 and save 15 percent on all seminars through June 30. Take advantage of these steals and get quality CPE for a fraction of the price.

Find a location near you – Simulcast | Boca Raton | Ft. Lauderdale | Ft. Myers | Jacksonville | Miami | Pensacola | Tampa

Learn More
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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Summer Vacation Cluster (Up to 20 CPE)
July 27 - 29, 2017
Orlando or Online



Life is Grand at the Summer Vacation Cluster. Take 20 hours of CPE while you enjoy Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Take your CPE on your schedule and then fill in the rest of your time with theme-park fun or an afternoon at the hotel in the full-service spa. This conference is perfect for those looking to plan a family vacation or seeking an escape from reality. Make your reservation now and save hundreds on your hotel stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Learn More
Ask Us: Member Service Center (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

Look for the next issue of FICPA NewsFlash June 15, 2017.

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