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NewsFlash May 29, 2014
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CPA Insurance Marketplace
Now that the 2014 Open Enrollment Period (OEP) has ended, members must experience a qualifying life event to enroll in a qualified health insurance plan through the exchange. Here are some guidelines for how the Special Enrollment Period works.
Members must experience a qualifying life event in order to open a Special Enrollment Period. What is a qualifying life event?
Effective Date Rules
If none of these qualifying life events have occurred, there are still are options members may want to consider, such as a Short Term Health Plan. The next open enrollment is scheduled to start Nov. 15, 2014 and stays open until Feb. 15, 2015. Visit www.memberbenefits.com/ficpa or call Member Benefits at (800) 282-8626 for more information about qualifying for a Special Enrollment Period or Short Term Health plans.
*Effective date is based on the date of event
Consider Serving on a State Board
Have you ever thought about serving on a state board?
The Florida Board of Accountancy is made up of nine members whom the governor appoints, and seven of them are Florida CPAs. The FICPA always is interested in providing the governor’s office with input about candidates, including CPAs and public members, for appointment to the Board. We also like to have a few candidates available in case of unforeseen opportunities.
The governor, the House speaker and the Senate president all make appointments to various state boards that relate to areas of critical importance. Who better to serve on a state board than a CPA?
Some boards also have specific guidance that board members not work in the profession they will be overseeing. This ensures the public’s perspective on governance is provided.
You may have a family member, business associate or friend who would be a great resource to Florida. Suggest they volunteer also.
To learn more about these opportunities, contact your Governmental Affairs Department.
More information: Rivers Buford, FICPA Director of Governmental Affairs | (800) 342-3197, Ext. 203 | (850) 224-2727, Ext. 203 | email@example.com
Don’t Miss Your Last Chance!
Don't miss your chance to join your colleagues for lessons on leadership – register for Accel 2014, our specialized CPE event for Young CPAs!
Interactive dialogue with Accel's Leadership Forum Coach, Dan Griffiths, CPA, CGMA and other participants will address thought bridging; strengths in teams; strategic thinking; giving and receiving feedback; and development planning. Accel will empower the next generation of CPAs to become leaders in their organizations, communities and the CPA profession.
The Women’s Leadership Summit
This year's Women's Leadership Summit will be held at Mega CPE Conference on June 13 at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orlando. The summit will provide Florida business women in all industries with opportunities to network and advance their leadership skills.
Women to Watch Awards
DOR Posts TIP on Hurricane Preparedness Sales-tax Holiday
DOR has created a Tax Information Publication (TIP) and compiled a List of Qualifying Items for the hurricane preparedness sales-tax holiday May 31-June 8. The information is available in the Current Topics box on DOR’s website.
AICPA Voices Concern About IRS Program
In a recent letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the AICPA expressed its opposition to a voluntary tax return preparer regulation program that the IRS is planning. The IRS was blocked from implementing a mandatory regulation program by court decisions in Loving v. IRS.
The AICPA has “deep concerns with regard to a voluntary system, and the speed with which the IRS is moving to implement such a system,” AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA and Jeffrey A. Porter, CPA, chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee, wrote. “We believe a voluntary program would create confusion regarding the relative proficiencies of the various types of preparers. In addition, the proposed voluntary system would undoubtedly leave the impression among most taxpayers that certain tax return preparers are endorsed by the IRS.”
New CPE Subscription Options
The FICPA has partnered with SmartPros to provide online, annual self-study subscriptions with unlimited access to streaming-based video CPE at unbeatable prices. FICPA members can save money and time by choosing from three customized CPE subscription packages. The courses are self-paced, and credit will be earned upon passing.
Take advantage of subscription packages that will keep you up-to-date on ever-evolving rules, regulations and trends affecting CPAs in business and industry, public accounting, government and not-for-profit accounting.
Members can choose from three custom packages:
To subscribe, include your package choice and payment on your membership renewal or visit ficpa.org/renew.
To help you quickly and easily find courses that best fit your needs, the FICPA has introduced the Of Course! CPE Catalog, including the “Radius CPE” and “LearnLinx CPE” features.
Look for these features coming soon in the Of Course! CPE Catalog, published in every issue of Florida CPA Today magazine and as a standalone catalog mailed semiannually.
You’ll also receive Radius CPE and LearnLinx CPE as comprehensive emails twice monthly, and you can search the complete catalog anytime on the FICPA website.
Introducing Summer SAVEinars
To help you rack up required CPE before the end of June, we’re introducing our “Summer SAVEinars” sale!
Here’s how it works: buy June in-person seminars between now and June 30 and you’ll save 20 percent off the normal price.
It’s that easy! Click the link below to shop the FICPA seminars you can take under the Summer SAVEinars program.
Registration is Open!
We’re engineering the 29th Annual Accounting Show to meet your requirements and topic needs. Our CPE scientists are fusing today’s sought-after sessions with the practical topics that drive your business and career – all from nationally-recognized instructors, the Show’s signature element. Registration is now open!
You can earn up to 23 hours of CPE, including the “15 Essential Areas to Address in Your Succession Plan” keynote address from Bill Reeb, the “On Being a Consultant” keynote address from Ed Kless and the “Profession Update” keynote address from Tommye Barie. Fill in your schedule with session tracks covering A&A, Tax, Business Tax, Industry Tax, International Tax, Fraud, Practice Management, Elder Planning Issues, Financial Planning, Not for Profit, Technology and Yellow Book.
Make the business bonds that help you advance with a tradeshow featuring top vendors and networking opportunities aplenty. Are you ready to Fuse CPE and Solutions?
What’s Hot on FICPA Connect
To provide members with a place to communicate and collaborate with fellow CPAs from throughout Florida, the Institute has launched FICPA Connect. Your member login now grants you access to hot-topic discussion forums, group resources, personal blogs and more that help you get the answers you need.
Here are some of the most recently popular threads on FICPA Connect. Join these discussions and others by logging in to connect.ficpa.org with your website member credentials*.
Issue with NY Sales Tax
I met with someone this week, and they posed an interesting but probably not unusual issue…[Read More]
Sales Tax on Taxes and Insurance Under an Agreement for Deed
Client received a letter from Tallahassee asking for sales tax on payments received…[Read More]
Is This Legit or a Scam?
I received an email – to an old email address – copied below. Seems very suspicious…[Read More]
Emerald Coast CPE Retreat (8 CPE)
Florida Panhandle CPAs: You asked! We delivered! Where can you find top-notch CPE, right around the corner? Look no further than the Emerald Coast CPE Retreat in Panama City on Friday, June 27. We’re bringing the best of the best in CPE right to your back yard. Join us for a full-day jam-packed with eight hours of high-quality CPE presented by nationally-recognized instructors. You’ll have the opportunity to rub elbows with CPAs from Florida and Alabama at this collaborative event.
What could be better? Earn your CPE hours, network and enjoy a laid back atmosphere – all close to home.
The Emerald Coast CPE Retreat is quickly becoming the most talked about CPE conference in the Florida Panhandle. Reserve your seat for this one-day retreat today!
eBay is the latest online giant to fall prey to a security breach and is asking its users to change their passwords on the site as a security measure. If you're new to eBay or have never changed your password before, here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it.
eBay Servers Breached
The attackers have gained access to the database using a few employee log-in credentials, which permitted the unauthorized access. The company also says it would notify users to change their password and, if the passwords have been used on other sites, to change those passwords, too.
How to Change Your eBay Password
On the next screen go to Personal Information. Now click Edit on the Password line. Then you’ll be required to sign in again before you can make changes.
Type in your current password again and then a new one twice to confirm it. Click Submit and you're done! Your password now is changed and you're much safer as a result.
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LAST UPDATED 5/29/2014