NewsFlash Oct. 15, 2015

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Giving Back: Good for Your Business, Your Career and Your Soul
By FICPA President/CEO Deborah Curry, CPA, CGMA

Image: Deborah Curry, President-CEO
President/CEO Deborah Curry

The Dead Sea’s primary inflow is the Jordan River. It has no outflows. With 34.2 percent salinity, the Dead Sea also is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water – 9.6 times as salty as the ocean.

In a recent address to CPAs and accountants, FSU Women’s Basketball Coach Sue Semrau used the Dead Sea to explain the importance of giving back.

Read the entire LinkedIn post here.

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AICPA Comments on Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Bill

The AICPA recently provided detailed comments on a bill before the Senate Finance Committee, the Chairman’s Mark of a Bill to Prevent Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud. The majority of the bill is aimed at preventing identity theft and tax fraud. The bill also gives the IRS authority to regulate all aspects of federal tax practice.

The AICPA expressed concerns about granting the IRS unlimited authority to regulate tax return preparers. The Senate Finance Committee postponed a markup originally scheduled for Sept. 16.

The AICPA continues to work with the Senate and House on related proposals.

Read the AICPA’s comment letter.

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FICPA Honors Military Veterans

FICPA Wants to Know if You're a Veteran

Are you a military veteran? The Florida Institute of CPAs would like know if you’ve served in the military. Please fill out the form on our website so we may learn more about our robust and diverse members who have given so much to defend the freedoms we cherish.

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Charity Golf Tournament Benefits Refuge House
From FICPA Staff Reports

Image: FICPA Past Board Chair
Jeff Barbacci, Past President Stam Stathis and
CFO Brian Macheck
Pictured left to right: FICPA Past Board Chair
Jeff Barbacci, Past President Stam Stathis and
CFO Brian Macheck played in Refuge House’s
16th Annual Golf Tournament.

FICPA Past President Stam Stathis and Past Chair Jeff Barbacci joined staff members Brian Machek and Scott Lindner on Oct. 5 at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee for Refuge House’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament. Event proceeds benefited the organization in serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Big Bend.

“It’s great to come out and raise awareness and funds for Refuge House,” Stathis said.“I respect the work they do for people affected by these tragedies.”

Barbacci agreed.

“Having a tournament like this is a fantastic way to let people know about the efforts of Refuge House,” he said.

The team finished 11 under par and tied for third place.

Learn More about Refuge House

Ask US: Member Services (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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New YCPA Leadership Event
2015 Accel at the Capitol
Florida’s Young CPA Leadership Forum
Nov. 18-19, 2015

Image: Accel 2015

Change is upon us, and it's happening faster than we imagined. Young CPAs can help preserve our profession's key role through leadership and advocacy.

During Accel 2015, attendees will have the unique opportunity to participate in legislative committee meetings and talk with state senators, state representatives and CPAs serving in the Legislature about issues affecting the profession.

Discover your true potential as Accel Leadership Forum Coach, Dan Griffiths, CPA, CGMA discusses adapting to and capitalizing on the profession’s shifts, improving your busy season and more.

Only 50 seats are available for this members-only event!

Register Now

View the Brochure

View the Agenda

Ask US: Member Services (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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Foundation Presents Scholarships to Accounting Students
By Elise Caruthers
Educational Foundation Event Coordinator

Image: Scholarship Winners
Pictured left to right: Foundation Trustee Emeritus
George Shierling, Nicole T. Wohn (Stetson),
Maya C. Thurston (Bethune Cookman), FICPA
Board Chair Mia Thomas, Foundation President-Elect
Brandon Perry, Jerica L. Trotter (Stetson),
Savana Spooner (Stetson) and Raisa C. Santiesteban (Stetson).

It’s that time of year! The FICPA Educational Foundation is presenting scholarships to deserving accounting students in your community and throughout Florida.

During the next few weeks, Foundation Trustees will present $116,000 to 59 fourth- and fifth-year accounting students throughout the state. These scholarships wouldn’t be possible without our members’ support and contributions.

Learn more about the Foundation, ways to get involved and how to make a pledge.

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Student Ambassadors Make Connections
By Jennifer Allen
FICPA Student Initiatives Manager

The FICPA’s Student Ambassador Program is helping to build a pipeline of future CPAs. Throughout the state, fourth- and fifth-year accounting students volunteer on university campuses to connect students and faculty with FICPA members, leadership and staff. The ambassadors’ promote the CPA profession; provide information about FICPA membership; and create student programming related to accounting careers, resume writing and interviewing skills, and preparing for the CPA Exam.

The FICPA connects ambassadors with local FICPA members to help build their networks and support them on their journeys to becoming a CPAs.

The FICPA thanks its 2015-2016 student ambassadors for their hard work on behalf of the accounting profession.

  • Florida Atlantic University – Alejandro Escalante
  • Florida Atlantic University – Genaro Fernandez
  • Florida Atlantic University – Maria Garcia
  • Florida Atlantic University – Peter Nicholson
  • Florida State University – Joe Huard
  • Hodges University – Gailene Gumbs
  • Stetson University – Chris MacLeod
  • University of Central Florida – Asad Ahmad
  • University of Central Florida – Charles Schultz
  • University of South Florida – Carol Lovell
  • University of South Florida (Manatee-Sarasota) – Alicia Whitworth
  • University of Tampa – Patrick Cala
  • University of West Florida – Nicole Fryback Heineken
  • University of West Florida – Nicole Nabors
For more information about student initiatives contact Jennifer Allen, student initiatives manager, at or at (850) 224-2727, Ext. 422.


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AICPA Offers New Video Series:
How Do You Differentiate Yourself to Get to the Next Level?

In this series of short video clips, Kathy Waller, CPA, CGMA, Executive Vice President & CFO of The Coca-Cola Company, shares her insights on differentiation and other professional development topics.

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Upcoming University CPE Conferences
Ft. Myers, Gainesville and Online

Put yourself within walking distance of a beautiful campus in either Ft. Myers or Gainesville for high-quality CPE with these upcoming events – or attend the University of Florida Accounting Conference Simulcast online at your convenience.

These events offer the SSARS 21, FASB and legislative updates you need and a whole lot more. Join us in Ft. Myers for a four-hour, pre-conference ethics session and two lunch presentations. Or pair a whopping 19 hours of CPE, including new Saturday sessions, with the fun of Gator Homecoming in Gainesville.

Florida Gulf Coast University Accounting and Tax Conference (16 CPE)
Oct. 29-30, 2015 | Embassy Suites Hotel – Ft. Myers, Estero | View Brochure | Register Now

University of Florida Accounting Conference (19 CPE)
Nov. 5-7, 2015 | Hilton University of Florida, Gainesville | View Brochure | Register Now

University of Florida Accounting Conference Simulcast (16 CPE)
Nov. 5-6, 2015 | Online | Register Now

Ask US: Member Services (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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Common Interest Realty Associations Conference (16 CPE)
Nov. 5-6, 2015
Ft. Lauderdale or Online

Image: CIRA 2015

Our specialized agenda provides knowledge on facing bankruptcy, foreclosure and audits with CIRAs; the best practices and requirements for establishing association reserves; changes to Florida Insurance Risk; fraud areas you need to watch in this industry; and much more.

You won’t find a better market for community association clients than Florida. Don’t wait to become the expert they need.

There are two ways to attend this conference – join us in Ft. Lauderdale or online via the Simulcast to earn up to 16 credits!

Register to Attend in Person | Register for Online Simulcast | View Agenda | View Brochure | Learn More

Ask US: Member Services (800) 342-3197 | (850) 224-2727 |

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Fix Fuzzy Windows 10 Text on High Resolution Displays

Windows 10 has some great new features and is much better than Windows 8.1. However, Windows 10 displays some blurry fonts on high-resolution devices. Here’s a look at the problem and how to fix it.

Windows 10 Blurry Fonts
If you have a screen resolution of 1920×1080 or higher, most of the time the DPI scaling is set to at least 125 percent to make everything easier to read. Densely packing pixels into a small screen makes photos and apps look stunning. However, it also makes desktop programs, that aren’t designed to run at high resolutions, small and difficult to see.

And because Windows 10 is using a different scaling method for DPI, it causes the fuzzy-text problem.

Right-click on the shortcut of the app with which you’re having an issue, then click on Properties. Then select the Compatibility tab and enable Disable display scaling on high DPI settings. A restart will be required to finish the process.

Although that corrects the blurry/fuzzy issue, you’re back where you started with a small app and tiny text that’s hard to see. But there’s a handy utility you can use to correct the problem. It’s called XPExplorer – Windows 10 DPI Fix and it’s free.

Start it and check Use Windows 8.1 DPI Scaling (our fix), then choose your scaling level. A restart is required to complete installation. Fonts in the apps with which you were having issues no longer should be fuzzy.

This utility will work across the board and you won’t need to use the manual method for fixing everything that has fuzzy/blurry text.

Read the article with images here.

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In Memoriam

Marvin Pearlman – Oct. 1, 2015

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