Florida Fall University Conference -Fully Virtual Florida Gulf Coast, University of South Florida, and University of Florida

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Friday, October 30, 2020
8:15AM - 4:00PM (opens at 7:30am) EST
Accounting and Auditing and Technical Business

Registration is Closed

Online registration for this course is now closed. Please contact the Member Service Center at (800) 342-3197 if you wish to inquire about registering.

$360.00 Regular Price
$610.00 Regular Price
Course Type: CPE Conferences
Course Code: 20/UFFC
Vendor: Florida Institute of CPAs


Breakout out the mascots! Don your school colors! Join us for the hottest Florida university event!
The FICPA Florida Fall University Conference is bringing together topics and speakers gleaned from the 2020 USF, UF and FGCU agendas into one great virtual event. No need to leave the comfort and convenience of your home or office. This lineup is the product of three outstanding committees addressing all of the cutting-edge issues you need explored. Economics. Data analytics. Retirement planning. Taxes - from global to sales. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more well-rounded agenda. And, what's a university conference without your team? Group discounts are available for five or more. So mark your calendars - October 29-30. Let the virtual tailgating begin! 

CPE Credit:

This conference qualifies for 5 Accounting & Auditing (AA), 11 Technical Business (TB) hours of CPE credit and is subject to change. CPE credit is subject to approval by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Current State of the U.S. Economy: How Long Until Recovery?

Time: Thursday 8:10am - 9:00am Credits: 1 TB

Examine the current state of the U.S. economy including the impact of COVID-19, as well as the global economy and what the future looks like moving forward. Such economic indicators as unemployment, inflation, GDP and economic growth will be discussed.


Retirement Plan Relief Under the CARES Act and Other Recent Developments

Time: Thursday 9:05am - 9:55am Credits: 1 TB

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides for special benefit distribution options and rollover rules and expands the availability of participant loans from certain retirement plans.  This session will review the retirement plan provisions of the CARES Act and also review certain post-CARES Act government guidance and developments affecting employer-sponsored retirement plans.


Partnerships Hot Topics

Time: Thursday 10:05am - 10:55am Credits: 1 TB

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides for special benefit distribution options and rollover rules and expands the availability of participant loans from certain retirement plans. This session will review the retirement plan provisions of the CARES Act and also review certain post-CARES Act government guidance and developments affecting employer-sponsored retirement plans.


Effective Risk Assessment and Maintaining Professional Skepticism in High-Quality Audits

Time: Thursday 11:00am - 11:50am Credits: 1 AA

Risk assessment and maintaining professional skepticism are requirements in audits. However, it is something that is a frequent cause of peer review issues and has often left partners and staff wondering why risk assessment has to be so difficult. Learn how risk assessment can work effectively, the importance of professional skepticism, and ways to help effectively plan and perform high-quality audits.


Estate Planning in 2020 (and Beyond)

Time: Thursday 12:50pm - 1:40pm Credits: 1 TB

Explore a variety of developments and planning techniques relevant to planning in 2020, a time where much is uncertain and unexpected.  This is not a time short on opportunity, however, to plan for today as well as tomorrow.


Look Before You Leap! Planning for the Client at the Cliff of Capacity

Time: Thursday 1:45pm - 2:35pm Credits: 1 TB

Learn what steps should be taken to plan for the potential incapacity of aging or ailing clients.  Review the documents clients should have in place to protect their interests when they are no longer able to participate in decisions about health care, finances or legal matters.  Ensure that the planning intentions of aging or ailing clients are respected after incapacity or death.  Examine the types of disputes that might arise in the absence of careful advance planning.


Accounting and Auditing Update

Time: Thursday 2:45pm - 3:35pm Credits: 1 AA

This presentation will address the newly effective and becoming effective accounting and auditing Standards. We will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the standard setting agenda, deferrals on implementation and the associated impact to clients and practices.


Retirement Planning in a Post-COVID World

Time: Thursday 3:40pm - 4:30pm Credits: 1 TB

The SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act of 2019 enacted key changes for retirees, retirement plan sponsors, IRA owners, and those saving for retirement. It expands savings opportunities for workers and includes new requirements and incentives for employers that provide retirement benefits. Some of the changes include increasing the age limit for required minimum distributions, removal of contribution age limits, inherited IRA distributions, and qualified distributions.  Explore these changes and how they impact planning going forward.


Friday, October 30, 2020

Demystifying Data Analytics

Time: Friday 8:00am - 9:40am Credits: 2 AA

Explore the benefits of data analytic technology and practical applications for gaining big data insights and identifying data anomalies. Learn data mining techniques including advanced numeric theories, proximity analysis, visualization and the creation of process automation. Explore artificial intelligence and the infusion with data analytics, including current and horizon issues. Understand, through actual demonstration using data analytic technology, why this methodology is vital to your continued success.


Epic Entity Failures . . and How to Avoid Them

Time: Friday 9:50am - 10:40am Credits: 1 TB

Learn common missteps when choosing a form of entity for a new business venture; more importantly, how to avoid and/or resolve some of these issues.


Hottest Tools and Techniques for the Protection of Assets

Time: Friday 10:45am - 11:35am Credits: 1 TB

Risk and the potential of devastating financial as well as personal losses face everyone. This presentation will present tools and techniques that defend and protect people and their financial wealth from the risk prevalent in the United States today. 


Creating a Cybersecurity Minded Society - Importance of an Awareness Culture

Time: Friday 12:35pm - 1:25pm Credits: 1 TB

Explore threats we face from a cybersecurity and data security perspective, and help communicate the importance of continual training and creation of a security awareness culture within our businesses and society today.


Update on Lease Accounting

Time: Friday 1:30pm - 2:20pm Credits: 1 AA

Review of ASC 842 for lessors and lessees as well as a discussion of the relevance and impact of recent business events and recent guidance related to leasing.


Global Tax Reforms and Update

Time: Friday 2:30pm - 3:20pm Credits: 1 TB

Recent reforms are creating a significant impact on the global tax landscape.  As countries responded to the COVID-19 crisis, taxpayers were left to navigate through changes to tax policy measures and more complexity as they utilized tax planning for cash needs. Examine tax reform and updates at a high level, starting with the TCJA and other reform topics, such as Base Erosion Profit shifting, Europe's Mandatory disclosure rules, and the impact from COVID-19 tax measures.


Florida Sales Tax Update

Time: Friday 3:25pm - 4:15pm Credits: 1 TB

Learn ins and outs of Florida sales and use tax that your clients or your company need to know.  Taught by a CPA & Attorney who is almost exclusively focused on Florida sales & use tax, this is the place to be to get your specific questions answered.



  • Economic Update
  • Retirement Planning and 401 k
  • Tax Partnerships
  • Risk Assessment
  • Estate Tax
  • Financial Planning
  • FASB Update
  • SECURE Act
  • Data Analytics
  • Asset Protection
  • Cybersecurity
  • Leases
  • Sales Tax


  • James Holland Sutton Jr, CPA, Esq., LLM

    James concentrates in the area of Florida tax matters, with an almost exclusive focus on Florida Sales and Use Tax. Mr. Sutton has 25+ years of experience working in Federal tax as well as State and Local Tax ("SALT"), including at a "Big 5" CPA firm and a tax consulting firm handling a wide variety of state tax planning and consulting work for Fortune 1,000 companies. Since 2001, Mr. Sutton has...

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  • Kathryn K Horton, CPA, CMA, CIDA, CFE

    Kathryn Horton is President of Kathryn Horton CPA PA and is an industry leader in the use of data analytics, specifically using Caseware IDEA. Kathryn was the recipient of the 2017 North America IDEA User of Excellence Award. She was a featured speaker at the 2018 and 2020 National IDEA User Conference and has presented on data analytics to both regional and national audiences, including the 2021...

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  • Steven E Morrison, CPA

    Steven Morrison is a partner in National Assurance – Audit Quality Group at CohnReznick, bringing experience as a client service partner, quality control reviewer, and as a standard setter. He has worked with entities in a variety of industries, including automotive dealerships, employee benefit plans, freight forwarding/mail courier, retail, and wholesale/distribution. His experience encompasses...

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  • Gary Forster, JD, LLM (Tax)

    Gary’s practice includes domestic and international corporate law, asset protection, tax, and estate planning. Gary handles a wide variety of corporate and personal planning matters.Gary spent the ?rst decade of his career structuring and closing some of the largest corporate transactions in the region.  The mergers and acquisitions Gary consummated range from the national consolidation of...

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  • Bret Hamlin

    ShareholderHill Ward & HendersonBret is a Shareholder in the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group. He practices primarily in the areas of employee benefits, deferred compensation and trusts. Prior to entering the private practice of law, he provided plan design and consulting, third-party administration and investment, as well as retirement plan education services for clients...

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  • Celina L Jozsi, CPA

    Celina L. JozsiProfessorBusiness School at Florida Southern CollegeUpon retiring from the University of South Florida in July 2014, Professor Jozsi accepted a faculty position in the Business School at Florida Southern College where is teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in accounting and is a faculty advisor for the Accounting Student Association. While at USF, Professor Jozsi was...

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  • Denis A Kleinfeld, CPA, JD

    AttorneyKleinfeld Legal Advisors, PADenis Kleinfeld is highly regarded as a lawyer, teacher and author. His private legal practice, Kleinfeld Legal Advisors, is located in North Miami Beach Florida. He is Professor of Law at the LLM Wealth and Risk Management Program, Texas A & M School of Law. Mr. Kleinfeld is co-author of the two volume treatise “Practical International Tax Planning”...

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  • Matthew A Treskovich, CPA/PFS, CITP, CFA, CMA, CFP, AEP, MBA, CLU

    As the Chief Investment Officer, Matt Treskovich leads both the CPS Investment Committee and portfolio trading team. Through his leadership, the CPS Team is able to help individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations create financial plans and invest wisely to meet their unique goals. Matt is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Florida. During the past 20 years in financial services...

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  • Paul M Perry

    Practice LeaderWarren Averett, LLCPaul Perry has been with the Firm since 2004 and is a Member and the practice leader of the Security, Risk and Controls Group. Paul and his team focus on cybersecurity, information technology related projects, risk assessments, internal controls, internal audit and control-related projects, including System and Organization Control engagements.Paul is also the...

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  • Gordon Chatterton

    DirectorCohnReznickGordon Chatterton, CPA, is a Director at CohnReznick and a member of the Firm’s National Assurance Practice. Gordon has 20 years of accounting and auditing experience, during which he has served the world’s leading technology, telecommunications, and industrial and consumer products companies. In his current role, he provides specialized guidance to the Real Estate industry. He...

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  • Andrew Stephen Menendez

    Assurance Senior ManagerErnst & Young, LLP Andrew Menendez is a Senior Manager in the Assurance practice of EY and a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida. His service delivery experience includes companies of various types ranging from not-for-profit entities to large international SEC registrants with a current concentration in the Health and Life Sciences sectors. He has expertise...

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  • Dana M Apfelbaum, Esq.

    Dana M. Apfelbaum Associate Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer Ms. Apfelbaum practices in the areas of federal income, estate, and gift tax law and family business succession planning. She counsels individuals in estate planning, with an emphasis on implementing the client’s objectives, asset protection and minimizing wealth transfer taxes. Ms. Apfelbaum also represents fiduciaries through all...

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  • Andrew R. Comiter, Esq.

    PartnerComiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLPAndrew R. Comiter is a Partner of the regional tax law firm Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP. Andrew received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida in 2003, a Masters of Taxation from Florida Atlantic University in 2004, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of law in 2008 with a Certificate in Estates...

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  • Marve Alaimo

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  • Kristen Zaborski

    Kristen Zaborski, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Economics, Department Chair of Business,  Venice and Lakewood Ranch campus at the State College of Florida.  She teaches both Principles of Macro and Micro Economics. Additionally, she serves on various college-wide committees. She consistently receives excellent student evaluations each semester because she is passionate about teaching students...

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  • Kara Altman

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  • Radhika Narain, CPA,MBA

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  • Michael Wrae Booher

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  • Anthony McClure

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Major Topics:

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Sales tax Fraud
  • FASB Update with Revenue Recognition
  • Designed For:

    CPAs and financial managers with a broad interest in current accounting issues


    Basic understanding of accounting principles

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