FICPA Coronavirus Resource Center

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On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency.

Concern for member health and safety, airline restrictions, and travel warnings are affecting global business operations and conferences. These resources are compiled here to help you stay informed on this rapidly evolving situation.

Our entire team is working remotely on your behalf until further notice. We continue to serve you and are operating at full capacity. “Favorite” this page for latest information and resources.

Read statement from FICPA President/CEO Deborah Curry, CPA, CGMA

 

BREAKING: The IRS announced March 26 that due to staff limitations, its PPS line, e-services Help Desk line and the e-Services FIRE and AIR System help desks are closed until further notice. The Florida field office recommends making IRS.gov the first choice for questions and answers.

The IRS is also temporarily suspending acceptance of new Income Verification Express Services (IVES) requests. “We are experiencing delays with existing IVES processing as well as CAF number authorizations. Practitioners with existing e-Services accounts and with client authorization can access the Transcript Delivery System to obtain prior-year transcripts.” advised IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison Karen Russell. “Taxpayers should use Where’s My Refund? and Get Transcript, both common requests. Additionally, we are unable to answer any questions as yet on stimulus payments. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible.” Please check IRS.gov for updates,”

 


 

ADVOCACY AND TAX RELIEF

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Announces Tax filing Day Moving to July 15,  IRS Provides Technical Guidance and Filing Q&A
Justin Thames, FICPA director Governmental Affairs 

The U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in a Twitter post said, “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest and penalties.” He also urged taxpayers who may have refunds to, “file now to get your money.”

The IRS released technical guidance Notice 2020-18, Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic and a related Filing and Payment Deadlines Q&A. The FICPA thanks Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, the AICPA and all CPAs who joined us in urging the needed delay be granted. Said the AICPA, “[This is] a great tribute to the combined advocacy work of the state societies, AICPA and members.

The FICPA Governmental Affairs Department is advocating for our members and the CPA profession. We remain vigilant in our advocacy efforts on your behalf during the COVID-19 crisis.

IRS Letter: Urging Secretary Mnuchin to Grant Tax Relief 
Congressional Letter: Requesting Sen. Rubio advocate for details on IRS Tax Relief Measures
Congressional Letter: (Senators Rubio and Scott) Support for 501(c)(3) Org. Eligibility for Small Business Loans

State of Florida Tax Relief Update from FICPA Governmental Affairs

We are having ongoing communications with the Department of Revenue regarding state tax relief. As of today, they are still waiting for additional guidance from the IRS in order to determine the state's response and potential extension of state deadlines. In the meantime, the Department is addressing taxpayer and practitioner concerns on a case-by-case basis. See the information below from DOR: 

"The Florida Department of Revenue is monitoring developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following guidance from federal and state officials. We understand you may have some concerns and uncertainty pertaining to COVID-19 and are committed to being responsive to your needs. To that end, the Department has established a dedicated team to address tax-related issues pertaining to COVID-19 and has created an email address COVID19TAXHELP@FloridaRevenue.com , where you can share your questions and concerns."

 

Federal Regulatory Links & Update


State of Florida Tax Relief Update from FICPA Governmental Affairs

The FICPA is having ongoing communications with the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) as the Department is addressing taxpayer and practitioner concerns. Check this space for further Florida updates as they are available. Here’s the latest: 

On March 26, Dr. Jim Zingale, DOR executive director signed an Order of Emergency extending remittance deadlines and waiving penalties and accrual of interest for reporting or payment of sales and use and other taxes collected in the February or March 2020 reporting periods. See 20-52-DOR-002.

Zingale also signed Emergency Order 20-52-DOR-001 extending the Florida property tax payment due date from March 31 to April 15, 2020. The March 26 order applies to citizens and business owners in all Florida counties. See 20-52-DOR-001.

The DOR website says it is monitoring developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following guidance from federal and state officials.We understand you may have some concerns and uncertainty pertaining to COVID-19 and are committed to being responsive to your needs. To that end, the Department has established a dedicated team to address tax-related issues pertaining to COVID-19 and has created an email address COVID19TAXHELP@FloridaRevenue.com, where you can share your questions and concerns.”

 

State Regulatory Links & Updates

  • DOR Emergency Order: Emergency Waiver/Deviation (Sales and Use Tax and Related Taxes) #20-52-DOR-002
  • DOR Emergency Order: Waiver/Deviation (Property Tax Oversight) #20-52-DOR-001
    Regulatory Links & Updates:
  • DBPR: Emergency Order | Professional Licensing Renewal and Continuing Education March Deadline Extensions EO 2020-10
  • FLA GOVERNOR: Executive Order | Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Local Government Public Meetings EO 20-69

DOR: https://floridarevenue.com/pages/default.aspx 

 


 

PEER REVIEW | 3/18/2020

The AICPA is taking the coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously. Please contact peer review staff with questions.

Offsite System Reviews Scheduled to Commence Prior to July 1 |  The AICPA has streamlined its process. Your administering entity will be very flexible in allowing such reviews to occur.

Extension Requests  | The AICPA recognizes that the ability to have your peer review, and any applicable corrective actions or implementation plans conducted by the due date(s) may be impacted. Discuss with your peer reviewer if an extension is appropriate. If called for, extension requests still need to be made through PRIMA. For help see:
Request due date extension in PRIMA or,
Request due date extension for a corrective action or implementation plan in PRIMA

 


 

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON FICPA CPE & OTHER PROGRAMS

The safety and well-being of all our members, staff and vendors is of upmost importance, especially during the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding as we continually are monitoring and is following CDC guidelines regarding large events and mass gatherings. 

The FICPA is continually monitoring and is following CDC guidelines regarding large events and mass gatherings. The CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, in-person gatherings be cancelled.

In response, the FICPA is moving many live CPE events online, canceling in-person chapter meetings and making daily decisions about other events. 

View list of events being rescheduled, postponed or canceled HERE.

 

CPE 

The FICPA has a vast library of online CPE offerings. Visit our online library HERE.  
 
We are working diligently with speakers to transition select in-person events to a virtual online platform. Some CPE events will be rescheduled. If you are registered for an event that is affected, an FICPA team member will be contacting you to share options. Please note: We are here to meet your needs! All cancellation and late fees are waived until further notice.

 

Free CPE: COVID-19 Webinars 

Just added! Free CPE to help you navigate the coronavirus crisis:

As a member, you can always rely on your 30 hours of complimentary CPE every membership year.  ​

 


 

FICPA Member FAQ:

Find answers to frequently asked questions


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COVID-19 RESOURCES


Headlines:

Business/Workplace Continuity:

Agencies & Expertise:

 


 

STATEMENT FROM FICPA PRESIDENT/CEO DEBORAH CURRY, CPA, CGMA

Like you, the FICPA is concerned about the growing spread of COVID-19, a new strain of the coronavirus family.

As the impact of COVID-19 evolves, we will continue to share information and updates on how it is impacting the CPA community. In the immediate term, the FICPA encourages attendees of our own meetings, as well as staff, to practice good health habits. For the foreseeable future our staff is working remotely and remains 100% committed to serving you, our members.

If you have questions please contact msc@ficpa.org.

Deborah Curry, CPA, CGMA
President/CEO

 


 

The FAQs

CPE

Q:  I’m registered for upcoming in-person CPE event, how do I know if it has been affected?
A: The FICPA is following CDC guidelines, including those for in-person gatherings. We are working diligently with speakers to transition select in-person events to a virtual online platform. Some CPE events will be rescheduled. If you are registered for an event that is affected, an FICPA team member will be contacting you to share options. Please note: We are here to meet your needs! All cancellation and late fees are waived until further notice. 

Q: Will CPE reporting period be extended?
A: We are in regular contact with the Board of Accountancy (BOA). At this time the Board has not announced changes specific to the CPA CPE reporting process. On March 16, the DBPR issued Emergency Order [EO 2020-10] providing professional licensing renewal and continuing education extensions for those with March or April deadlines. We will keep all FICPA members appraised of all future developments. Refer to the ADVOCACY AND TAX RELIEF section of our Coronavirus Resource Center for updates.

 

IRS | DOR | BOA | Licensing

Q:  How have IRS operations been affected?
A:  The IRS announced March 26 that due to staff limitations, its PPS line, e-services Help Desk line and the e-Services FIRE and AIR System help desks are closed until further notice. The Florida field office recommends making IRS.gov the first choice for questions and answers.

The IRS is also temporarily suspending acceptance of new Income Verification Express Services (IVES) requests. “We are experiencing delays with existing IVES processing as well as CAF number authorizations. Practitioners with existing e-Services accounts and with client authorization can access the Transcript Delivery System to obtain prior-year transcripts.” advised IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison Karen Russell. “Taxpayers should use Where’s My Refund? and Get Transcript, both common requests. Additionally, we are unable to answer any questions as yet on stimulus payments. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible.” Please check IRS.gov for updates,”

 

Q:  Have or will the IRS grant federal income tax extensions?
A:  U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced today (March 30) that Tax Day is being extended from April 15 to July 15. The IRS released technical guidance Notice 2020-18, Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic and a related Filing and Payment Deadlines Q&A. Refer to the ADVOCACY AND TAX RELIEF section of our Coronavirus Resource Center for updates.

Q:  Will there be tax relief from State of Florida/DOR?
A: The FICPA is having ongoing communications with the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) as the Department is addressing taxpayer and practitioner concerns. Check this space for further Florida updates as they are available. Here’s the latest:  


On March 26, Dr. Jim Zingale, DOR executive director signed an Order of Emergency extending remittance deadlines and waiving penalties and accrual of interest for reporting or payment of sales and use and other taxes collected in the February or March 2020 reporting periods. See 20-52-DOR-002.

Zingale also signed Emergency Order 20-52-DOR-001 extending the Florida property tax payment due date from March 31 to April 15, 2020. The March 26 order applies to citizens and business owners in all Florida counties. See 20-52-DOR-001

The DOR website says it is monitoring developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following guidance from federal and state officials. “We understand you may have some concerns and uncertainty pertaining to COVID-19 and are committed to being responsive to your needs. To that end, the Department has established a dedicated team to address tax-related issues pertaining to COVID-19 and has created an email address COVID19TAXHELP@FloridaRevenue.com, where you can share your questions and concerns.”



Q:  What changes, if any, are in the works that could affect my CPA license?
A:  We are in regular contact with the Board of Accountancy (BOA). At this time the Board has not announced any changes specific to CPA licensing or renewal processes. On March 16, the DBPR issued Emergency Order [EO 2020-10] providing professional licensing renewal and continuing education extensions for those with March or April deadlines. We will keep all FICPA members appraised of all future developments. Refer to the ADVOCACY AND TAX RELIEF section of our Coronavirus Resource Center for updates.


CPA Candidate/Exam

Q:  In light of CPA Exam testing facility shutdowns, will the 18-month requirement for passing all four parts of the exam be extended?
A:  Due to shutdowns of many board offices, the decisions to extend conditional credit will not be finalized until Boards resume normal operations. There is no need to contact Boards at this time. For more information, the best way to reach them is via email at cpaexam@nasba.org. Refer to the COVID-19 RESOURCES/Headlines section of our Coronavirus Resource Center for updates. 


FICPA Chapters & Events

Q:  Is FICPA still holding in-person Chapter Meetings?
A:  No, in-person chapter meetings have been suspended at this time in accordance with CDC guidelines to cancel large gatherings. FICPA members will be notified when local chapter meetings resume. Refer to the IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON SCHEDULED FICPA PROGRAMS section of our Coronavirus Resource Center for updates.

 

Q:   Are any upcoming FICPA event schedules being affected by COVID-19 Crisis? 
A:   Yes. To ensure safety of our participants and staff, and in accordance with CDC and other regulatory guidelines, these upcoming FICPA events are being rescheduled, cancelled, or postponed. Updates will be posted here periodically: 

  • March 29 | 1040K Walk/Run (FICPA Scholarship Foundation) – Cancelled 
  • April 23-24 | Health Care Industry Conference – NEW DATE! Rescheduled June 22-24  
  • May 1 | Learn@Sea Cruise (FICPA Sailfish Chapter) – Cancelled 
  • May 1 | A Day at the Races (FICPA Scholarship Foundation) – Cancelled 
  • May 16 | CPA Day of Service (FICPA YCPAs) – Postponed, new date TBD 

Note: We are offering many services, events and CPE virtually. Check our website for all the ways we are serving you. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Refer to the IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON SCHEDULED FICPA PROGRAMS section of our Coronavirus Resource Center for updates.