NewsFlash May 4, 2017

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Trump Weighs Breaking Up Wall Street Banks, Raising Gas Tax

By Jennifer Jacobs and Margaret Talev

President Donald Trump said he’s actively considering a breakup of giant Wall Street banks, giving a push to efforts to revive a Depression-era law separating consumer and investment banking.

Trump also said he’s open to increasing the U.S. gas tax to fund infrastructure development, in a further sign that policies unpopular with the Republican establishment are under consideration in the White House. He described higher gas taxes as acceptable to truckers – “I have one friend who’s a big trucker,” he said – as long as the proceeds are dedicated to improving U.S. highways.

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Rethinking the Audit

By Jon Raphael, CPA
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Today’s audit profession is driving exciting and unprecedented changes that are fundamentally evolving the role of the auditor and how audits are performed.

Breakthrough innovations in areas such as artificial intelligence, workflow automation and data analytics are eliminating a number of the tedious and labor-intensive manual processes traditionally associated with an audit. More importantly, innovation is enabling auditors to deliver powerful insights that simply weren’t possible before. These changes can enhance audit quality and deliver higher value for audit stakeholders – from clients and audit professionals to investors and the capital markets as a whole.

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How Accounting Can Empower Better Project Management

By Donny Shimamoto, CPA/CITP, CGMA
CGMA Magazine

Accountants are a natural ally for anyone hoping to get things done within an organization. They know the transaction flows of the organization and the risks and controls around its processes, and that knowledge can provide a valuable road map for those tasked with product design, process improvement, and more.

To maximize their utility, accountants need to speak one of the most important languages of modern business. They need to understand project management, the methodology by which many business leaders enact business improvements and technology innovation.

Accountants who learn the flow and terminology of project work are better able to serve as business partners for teams outside of finance, and they’ll be better positioned to advocate for good financial, data, and process management practices.

In short, those in finance who understand project management will be seen more like enablers and less like gatekeepers.

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9 Ways to Be Indispensable That Never Appear on Performance Appraisals

By Jeff Haden
Contributing editor, Inc.

Nearly every performance appraisal evaluates qualities like teamwork, attention to detail, dependability, creativity, leadership – those skills and attributes are basically a given. Every solid employee possesses those important – and relatively easy to define – qualities.

Yet some employees are even more valuable – not just exceptional, they're indispensable. They possess attributes that aren't found on performance appraisals but nonetheless make a huge impact on the people around them, and especially on a company's results.

Here are nine ways to know an employee is not just great, but indispensable.

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Pictured top to bottom: Brian Leidel (right)
mentored Saul Vasquez and Veronica
Larriva (right) mentored Alexandra
Mitchell during ASLS 2016.
Mentor a Student at Mega

Are you interested in making a difference in a student’s desire to become a CPA? The Accounting Careers Committee has selected 20 outstanding accounting majors to attend the Accounting Scholars Leadership Symposium at the Mega CPE Conference. There, they’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the accounting profession from practicing CPAs.

Adopt-A-Student is a way for members to personally contribute to a student’s journey by making a donation or mentoring a student. We’re searching for members attending the Mega Conference to mentor a student during lunch on Thursday, June 15. These students would greatly benefit from your time and attention.

Here’s what some of the student attendees said last year:

  • “It was great to be able to have a conversation, and to ask the questions I might otherwise be scared to ask.”
  • “I liked listening to his past and current professional experiences as a CPA.”
  • “The encouragement from a practicing CPA helped push me toward my goals.”
  • “My mentor was very open about his accounting path and his career transitions. He provided a different perspective of tax and offered a lot of encouragement and support in my career choice.”

If you like the idea of mentoring a student, contact Jennifer Allen at for more information and to sign up.

If you won’t have the opportunity to mentor a student but would like to make a donation, select Adopt-A-Student when registering for the Mega CPE Conference and select the amount you’d like to give. The costs for students from throughout Florida to attend an overnight program are substantial.

Join us by encouraging our students to see a future in accounting and help them believe they can obtain it. Embark on this journey with our leaders of tomorrow, today.

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Is Your Membership Record Up to Date?

We will be opening renewals soon for the 2017-18 Membership Year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). Please take a moment to make sure we have your correct email, home address and company.

Firm administrators – Please update your rosters in the Firm Admin Centre. Add new staff to be included in your firm invoice renewal.

Firm billing – Does your company pay/reimburse membership renewals for all staff? Streamline the renewal process by participating in firm billing and receive only one renewal invoice. The designated non-CPA firm administrator/office manager who manages this process will receive a complimentary membership and will have access to the firm portal.

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FICPA OneSource: Our Newest Member Benefit

Have you checked out our latest benefit for members, OneSource? This new resource offers:

  • Job postings locally or through the Financial Job Exchange
  • A searchable resume database
  • Free internship postings
  • Career resources
  • Career coaching
  • Classified advertising for office space, practices wanted for purchase or merger and practices for sale

It’s all in one place and specifically designed for our profession!

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FICPA Develops Social Media Guide for Members

It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing something about social media – and with good reason. Social media has proven to be instrumental for professionals and businesses alike.

We’ve put together a quick guide of the essentials – helpful resources where you can connect with the FICPA and a list of our event hashtags to make sharing a cinch. Click below to access our Social Media Guide.

Happy posting!

Access the FICPA’s Social Media Guide

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Not-for-Profit Organizations Accounting Conference
May 18-19, 2017
Tampa • Ft. Lauderdale • Online



Learn more about the Accounting Standards Update to the FASB guidelines for nonprofit accounting at the Not-for-Profit Organizations Accounting Conference in Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale or online via Simulcast. Not only will we cover the FASB guideline updates for nonprofits, we’ll also offer some other essential topics:

  • COSO Internal Controls
  • Endowments and Application of Florida Law
  • Tax Compliance for Nonprofits
  • Detecting and Investigating Fraud in Nonprofits

Check out our agenda for session details and much more. Register now – time is running out!

Register for the Conference or Simulcast | 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 – Boca Raton | Coral Gables | Ft. Lauderdale | Ft. Myers | Jacksonville | Key West | Miami | Orlando | Panama City | Pensacola | Sarasota | Tampa | West Palm Beach.
Learn More

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

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Mega CPE Conference (Up to 40 CPE)
Rooms are Going Fast – Register and Reserve Yours Today!
June 14-17, 2017
Orlando or Online



Want to save $55 on your registration for Mega CPE Conference and get an unbelievable rate at the Gaylord Palms Resort? Time is running out.

Join us in Orlando and you’ll be less than 10 minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World® Resort. You’ll also be less than 30 minutes from SeaWorld® Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort™© plus countless restaurants, shopping and other attractions. If you need to be somewhere else, you can join us online for up to three full days of education in the Simulcast.

The Mega CPE Conference is a great place to grow your knowledge with the latest topics while catching up on your CPE. Here’s what you’ll miss if you don’t register soon:

  • 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, 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, Employee Benefits Conference and Women’s Leadership Summit
  • Four early-bird sessions
  • Four general sessions
  • Four hours of ethics
  • And so much more

Register to attend in person by Sunday, May 14, 2017, and save $55 with our early-bird price. Save even more by booking your room at the Gaylord Palms with our special conference rate by May 26, 2017.

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!*

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 |

Look for the next issue of FICPA NewsFlash May 18, 2017.

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