Impact Report October: 340+ Bills Already Filed

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Impact Report October: 340+ Bills Already Filed

 

Last week, the FICPA Governmental Affairs team was in Ft. Lauderdale to bring CPAs attending the Accounting Show Next Era the latest legislative updates ahead of the 2020 session. Over 342 bills have already been filed as of last week, and legislators have already held their first committee meetings. Director of Governmental Affairs Justin Thames has details on these developments and more.

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • FICPA Podcast
  • Department of Revenue Updates
  • FAPL Annual Conference
  • FICPA Emerging Leaders Events

Sincerely

Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

Other Weekly News and Highlights:

Have you checked out our podcast?

Our latest podcast features Florida TaxWatch, discussing how state Government is working to save Florida taxpayers money. Listen here

 

Department of Revenue Updates

Don’t miss out on regular updates from the DOR! To receive important news from the Tax Information Publication, subscribe here.

 

FAPL Annual Conference

The Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) had their 2019 conference September 11-13. FICPA Director of Governmental Affairs Justin Thames chaired the FAPL Conference Planning Committee this year and oversaw the conference agenda. Lobbyist and advocates from across the state were updated on House and Senate Rules, received annual ethics training, and attended many sessions to help enhance their lobbying skills.  Check out the program and speakers here.   

 

Florida TaxWatch Says: Participate in the 2020 Census!

Domonic Calabro, President-CEO of Florida TaxWatch, discusses the importance of Florida’s full participation in the Census. “Florida has the 4th highest undercount; we need to make Florida count,” he says. “We want to get our legal and fair share.” Interested in learning how and why you should help? Read more here

 

FICPA Advocacy at Work

The Governmental Affairs team is constantly working on behalf of Florida CPAs. Below is a roundup of photos from recent events and initiatives across the state.

State Representative Mike Caruso, CPA and FICPA President-CEO Deborah Curry kicking off the joint networking reception with the Florida Bar Business Law Section at the FICPA Accounting Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. 

FICPA Brevard Chapter with State Representative Thad Altman at their annual legislative updated meeting. The Chapter had the opportunity to discuss local issues and learn about the Representatives legislative priorities heading into the 2020 Session.

Region 5 Emerging Leaders Class III and FICPA Past Chair Joey Epstein  with Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich and State Representative Dan Daley at the Emerging Leaders Program regional session. The meeting focused on the importance of engaging state and local leaders as advocates on behalf of the CPA profession. 

Region 3 Emerging Leaders Class III and State Representative Chris Latvala and Tampa City Councilman Joe Citro.


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Impact Report August: Countdown to 2020 Session Begins

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Impact Report August: Countdown to 2020 Session Begins

 

As summer winds down, the legislative cycle is heating up as lawmakers prepare for September meetings ahead of the 2020 session. Your FICPA Governmental Affairs team has been active throughout the summer meeting with members across the state, setting legislative priorities for the coming year, and keeping members informed when it comes to implications of new legislation that took effect. Watch our video update for new developments on all of these fronts.

The 2020 session and elections will be here before you know it – stay informed and up to date by continuing to follow the IMPACT Report!

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • Emerging Leaders 2019-2020 Class Announced
  • State & Local Government Accounting Conference
  • FICPA Hosts Networking Reception with Florida Bar

Sincerely

Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

Other Weekly News and Highlights:

Emerging Leaders 2019-2020 Class Announced

The FICPA recently announced the 2019-2020 class of its Emerging Leaders Program. The program is a selective leadership development opportunity for young CPAs looking to grow in their careers and impact their communities. Each year, the program allows these CPAs to establish strong professional relationships and take the next step forward as leaders. This year’s kick-off event took place earlier this month in Orlando, where participants got to meet their classmates, hear from alumni, strengthen their communication skills, and learn how they can build the CPA profession in Florida. FULL Press Release Here


 

This Week: State & Local Government Accounting Conference

Our annual conference for CPAs in government is taking place this week, August 22 & 23 in Orlando (and via live stream)! Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the field and learn how to navigate the ethical and practical demands of public services. Check out the full agenda here!



FICPA Hosts Networking Reception with Florida Bar


Join the FICPA & the Florida Bar’s Business Law Section at our Joint Networking Reception!

Thursday, September 26
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel|

RESERVE YOUR SEAT

This unique opportunity offers a chance to interact with key players in finance, accounting, and business law, and is held in conjunction with the 2019 FICPA Accounting Show Next Era.

  • Live music & open bar
  • Shuttle transportation from the convention center to the event
  • Exclusive networking with the FICPA & Florida Bar members

Space is limited – register for FREE today at www.ficpa.org/as-reception!

 



Florida TaxWatch Publishes FY 2019-2020 Budget Guide


Florida TaxWatch just released a guide to the FY 2019-20 state budget, which went into effect July 1, 2019. This is the first budget in the new administration of Governor Ron DeSantis, and he put a special emphasis on protecting the Everglades, affordable housing, and hurricane recovery which seem to be his spending priorities. Go to Florida TaxWatch to see the Budget Guide in its entirety. 


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Your voluntary contribution to the Florida CPA/PAC helps us educate candidates and elected officials about why the CPA profession matters, and how the legislation they support will affect your work. Ahead of next year’s elections, your support is even more critical. Donate today and help us stand up for the CPA profession!

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Florida CPA/PAC Director Kristin Bivona meeting with State Senate Candidate Jason Brodeur during an event in Orlando, FL.

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Impact Report 15: Live from Mega 2019

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Impact Report 15: Live from Mega 2019

 

This week, the FICPA Governmental Affairs team is at the 2019 Mega CPE Conference along with hundreds of other CPAs from around the state. In this special edition of the Impact Report – filmed on-site at Mega – we invited our external consultant and collaborator Jennifer Green to discuss highlights, disappointments, and analysis of everything that happened during the 2019 legislative session in Tallahassee. You can view our full conversation with her below.

 


PLUS: while at Mega, we sat down with Florida State Senator Joe Gruters, CPA, FICPA Member and Vice Chair of the Senate Finance and Tax Committee, for an exclusive interview.

 

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • Bill summaries and results
  • Public Accountancy Bill Approved by Governor

Sincerely

Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

Other Weekly News and Highlights:

Public Accountancy Bill Approved by Governor

The Public Accountancy Bill (HB 977) was presented to Governor Ron DeSantis on June 5 after passing through both the House and Senate this session. On June 7, the Governor approved of the bill, which will go into effect on July 1. Once in effect, the bill will reduce A&A requirements and ensure SSAE standards are only allowed for CPAs. We would like to congratulate and thank Representative Stevenson and Senator Gruters for their hard work to make this happen!

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Florida CPA/PAC Needs You DONATE ONLINE

Standing up for the CPA profession doesn’t end when session does. Year-round, the Florida CPA/PAC works to educate lawmakers on issues that matter to accounting & business professionals, which means that CPAs remain at the top of Florida legislators’ minds.  You can make a voluntary donation to the Florida CPA/PAC any time, including during the upcoming FICPA dues renewal cycle!

Please note: contributions are strictly voluntary and are not deductible for federal tax purposes. The Florida CPA/PAC is an entity completely separate from the FICPA. The Florida CPA/PAC is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of members of the FICPA and others

Impact Report 14: Session Ends with Historic Budget

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Impact Report 14: Session Ends with Historic Budget


The Florida Legislature adjourned the 2019 regular session after passing a historic $91.1 billion budget. Over 3,000 bills were introduced this year, but which ones made it through the House and Senate? FICPA Director of Governmental Affairs, Justin Thames, has a complete roundup.

 

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • Bill Tracking Updates
  • Florida Politics: Winners and losers emerging from the 2019 Legislative Session
  • Many major issues died in Florida Legislature this session
  • End of Tax Season Special Offer from Brightline

Sincerely

Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

News Round-Up
May 10th, 2019

Florida Politics: Winners and losers emerging from the 2019 Legislative Session

Click here for the full list:

https://floridapolitics.com/archives/295674-winners-and-losers-of-the-2019-legislative-session



Many major issues died in Florida Legislature this session

10 high-profile Issues didn’t make it through the Legislature: Parental consent for minor abortions, campus surveys, raising the smoking age to 21,THC limit for smokable marijuana, constitution revision commission, banning oil/gas fracking, gambling, allowing nurse practitioners to work independently from doctors, school board term limits, and preventing life insurance companies from using genetic test information. You can read more about these topics here: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/os-ne-10-things-that-died-in-legislature-20190506-story.html


End of Tax Season Special Offer from Brightline

Celebrate the end of tax season aboard Brightline! Book a group outing of 16 or more of your colleagues and one drink is on us!

  • Book by May 31st
  • Email groups@gobrightline.com
  • Subject to availability

 

@FL_Thames

@FICPA

Florida CPA/PAC Needs You DONATE ONLINE

Standing up for the CPA profession doesn’t end when session does. Year-round, the Florida CPA/PAC works to educate lawmakers on issues that matter to accounting & business professionals, which means that CPAs remain at the top of Florida legislators’ minds.  You can make a voluntary donation to the Florida CPA/PAC any time, including during the upcoming FICPA dues renewal cycle!

Please note: contributions are strictly voluntary and are not deductible for federal tax purposes. The Florida CPA/PAC is an entity completely separate from the FICPA. The Florida CPA/PAC is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of members of the FICPA and others

Impact Report 13: End of Session in Sight

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Impact Report 13: End of Session in Sight


This week, with just days left in the regular session, Florida lawmakers reached a budget deal totaling roughly $90 billion. Lawmakers will stay in Tallahassee until Saturday in order to review and approve the document. FICPA’s Governmental Affairs team has an update on all of the bills we were tracking throughout the session, and how they fared in the legislature’s last week of activity.

 

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • Bill Tracking Updates
  • End of Tax Season Special Offer from Brightline

Sincerely

Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

News Round-Up
May 3rd, 2019


End of Tax Season Special Offer from Brightline

Celebrate the end of tax season aboard Brightline! Book a group outing of 16 or more of your colleagues and one drink is on us!

  • Book by May 31st
  • Email groups@gobrightline.com
  • Subject to availability

 

@FL_Thames

@FICPA

Florida CPA/PAC Needs You DONATE ONLINE

Making a voluntary donation to the Florida CPA/PAC is one of the most effective ways you can support CPAs’ legislative interests. Last year, 90% of the candidates that the Florida CPA/PAC supported were elected. Make sure that lawmakers are educated and aware of the issues that affect CPAs and business professionals in Florida – support the CPA/PAC! You can make a voluntary donation any time, including during the upcoming FICPA dues renewal cycle.

Please note: contributions are strictly voluntary and are not deductible for federal tax purposes. The Florida CPA/PAC is an entity completely separate from the FICPA. The Florida CPA/PAC is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of members of the FICPA and others

Impact Report 12: Last Week of Session

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Impact Report 12: Last Week of Session


As the clock winds down on this year’s legislative session, lawmakers in the House and Senate are working to tie up loose ends before next week’s sine die. FICPA’s Governmental Affairs team has an update on all of the bills and other items left to make it through the legislature.

 

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • Bill Tracking Updates
  • End of Tax Season Special Offer from Brightline

Sincerely

Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

News Round-Up
April 26th, 2019


End of Tax Season Special Offer from Brightline

Celebrate the end of tax season aboard Brightline! Book a group outing of 16 or more of your colleagues and one drink is on us!

  • Book by May 31st
  • Email groups@gobrightline.com
  • Subject to availability

 

@FL_Thames

@FICPA

Florida CPA/PAC Needs You DONATE ONLINE

The FICPA dues renewal season is rapidly approaching – be sure to keep the CPA/PAC in mind as your dues invoices arrive! Your donations support our efforts to educate elected officials on issues impacting CPAs and advance pro-CPA, pro-business policies. You can donate to the CPA/PAC at the same time you renew your membership. Help us maintain our momentum and keep CPAs at the top of legislators’ minds!

 

Please note: contributions are strictly voluntary and are not deductible for federal tax purposes. The Florida CPA/PAC is an entity completely separate from the FICPA. The Florida CPA/PAC is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of members of the FICPA and others

Impact Report 11: Budget Negotiations Heating Up

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Impact Report 11: Budget Negotiations Heating Up


FICPA’s Governmental Affairs team is back with an update on the latest developments in the budget negotiation process as the legislative session rolls on. Watch the video update for a full debrief!

 

 

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • Bill Tracking Updates
  • Florida Senate Continues to Move Wayfair Bill Forward
  • Governor Desantis Celebrates First 100 Days
  • FICPA Town Hall Orlando – April 24
  • End of Tax Season Special Offer from Brightline

Sincerely

Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

News Round-Up
April 19th, 2019

Florida Senate Continues to Move Wayfair Bill Forward

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Governor Desantis Celebrates First 100 Days

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FICPA Town Hall Orlando – April 24

The next FICPA Town Hall is coming soon! Join the FICPA for an exclusive night of fun & an opportunity to engage with members. A sneak peek into what’s in store…

  • Free for FICPA members to attend
  • Free cocktails, beer, and wine
  • Hors d’oeuvres and entertainment

The meeting will feature a special message from FICPA CEO, Deborah Curry, as she recaps the latest developments in the profession and a presentation by Bob O’Malley, VP of Government Affairs for Brightline.

Click Here to Register


End of Tax Season Special Offer from Brightline

Celebrate the end of tax season aboard Brightline! Book a group outing of 16 or more of your colleagues and one drink is on us!

  • Book by May 31st
  • Email groups@gobrightline.com
  • Subject to availability

 

@FL_Thames

@FICPA

Florida CPA/PAC Needs You DONATE ONLINE

The FICPA dues renewal season is rapidly approaching – be sure to keep the CPA/PAC in mind as your dues invoices arrive! Your donations support our efforts to educate elected officials on issues impacting CPAs and advance pro-CPA, pro-business policies. You can donate to the CPA/PAC at the same time you renew your membership. Help us maintain our momentum and keep CPAs at the top of legislators’ minds!

 

Please note: contributions are strictly voluntary and are not deductible for federal tax purposes. The Florida CPA/PAC is an entity completely separate from the FICPA. The Florida CPA/PAC is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of members of the FICPA and others

Impact Report 10: House Introduces Tax Package

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Impact Report 10: House Introduces Tax Package


This week, the Florida House introduced its annual package of proposed tax legislation. The package will likely factor heavily in legislators’ negotiations around this year’s budget proposal. FICPA’s Governmental Affairs team has an update on the tax package along with the rest of the bills making their way through the legislative process.

 

 

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • Bill Tracking Updates
  • FICPA Town Hall Orlando – April 24
  • End of Tax Season Special Offer from Brightline
  • House Ways and Means Committee Releases Tax Package

Sincerely

Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

News Round-Up
April 5th, 2019

FICPA Town Hall Orlando – April 24

The next FICPA Town Hall is coming soon! Join the FICPA for an exclusive night of fun & an opportunity to engage with members. A sneak peek into what’s in store…

  • Free for FICPA members to attend
  • Free cocktails, beer, and wine
  • Hors d’oeuvres and entertainment

The meeting will feature a special message from FICPA CEO, Deborah Curry, as she recaps the latest developments in the profession and a presentation by Bob O’Malley, VP of Government Affairs for Brightline.

Click Here to Register


End of Tax Season Special Offer from Brightline

Celebrate the end of tax season aboard Brightline! Book a group outing of 16 or more of your colleagues and one drink is on us!

  • *Book by May 31st
  • *Email groups@gobrightline.com
  • *Subject to availability


House Ways and Means Committee Releases Tax Package

A pair of sales-tax “holidays” for storm preparation and back-to-school shopping and a tax cut on commercial leases dominated a package that advanced Thursday out of a key House committee.

https://floridapolitics.com/archives/293357-house-panel-backs-lease-tax-cut-storm-prep-holiday

 

Florida CPA/PAC Needs You DONATE ONLINE

The FICPA dues renewal season is rapidly approaching – be sure to keep the CPA/PAC in mind as your dues invoices arrive! Your donations support our efforts to educate elected officials on issues impacting CPAs and advance pro-CPA, pro-business policies. You can donate to the CPA/PAC at the same time you renew your membership. Help us maintain our momentum and keep CPAs at the top of legislators’ minds!

 

Please note: contributions are strictly voluntary and are not deductible for federal tax purposes. The Florida CPA/PAC is an entity completely separate from the FICPA. The Florida CPA/PAC is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of members of the FICPA and others

Impact Report 9: House & Senate Budget Proposals + FICPA Town Hall

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Impact Report 9: House & Senate Budget Proposals + FICPA Town Hall


This week, the Florida House and Senate introduced their budget proposals for the coming year. FICPA’s Governmental Affairs team is keeping tabs on how the new budget is taking shape, along with all of the other bills already making their way through the legislature’s various committees.

 

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • Bill Tracking Updates: Governmental Accountability, Deregulation, Financial Literacy, and more
  • FICPA Town Hall Orlando – April 24

Sincerely

Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

News Round-Up
April 5th, 2019

FICPA Town Hall Orlando – April 24

The next FICPA Town Hall is coming soon! Join the FICPA for an exclusive night of fun & an opportunity to engage with members. A sneak peek into what’s in store…

  • Free for FICPA members to attend
  • Free cocktails, beer, and wine
  • Hors d’oeuvres and entertainment

The meeting will feature a special message from FICPA CEO, Deborah Curry, as she recaps the latest developments in the profession and a presentation by  Bob O’Malley, VP of Government Affairs for Brightline.

Click Here to Register

Florida CPA/PAC Needs You DONATE ONLINE

The FICPA dues renewal season is rapidly approaching – be sure to keep the CPA/PAC in mind as your dues invoices arrive! Your donations support our efforts to educate elected officials on issues impacting CPAs and advance pro-CPA, pro-business policies. You can donate to the CPA/PAC at the same time you renew your membership. Help us maintain our momentum and keep CPAs at the top of legislators’ minds!

 

Please note: contributions are strictly voluntary and are not deductible for federal tax purposes. The Florida CPA/PAC is an entity completely separate from the FICPA. The Florida CPA/PAC is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of members of the FICPA and others

Impact Report 8: Tracking Financial Literacy, Blockchain Bills & more

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Impact Report 8: Tracking Financial Literacy, Blockchain Bills & more


As week 4 of the Legislative Session concludes (we call it “Moving Week”), the FICPA Governmental Affairs team continues to track various bills in order to keep CPAs up to speed on how these developments could affect the profession.

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • Bill Tracking Updates: Financial Literacy, Blockchain, Taxation, and more

Sincerely

Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs

Florida CPA/PAC Needs You DONATE ONLINE

The FICPA dues renewal season is rapidly approaching – be sure to keep the CPA/PAC in mind as your dues invoices arrive! Your donations support our efforts to educate elected officials on issues impacting CPAs and advance pro-CPA, pro-business policies. You can donate to the CPA/PAC at the same time you renew your membership. Help us maintain our momentum and keep CPAs at the top of legislators’ minds!

 

Please note: contributions are strictly voluntary and are not deductible for federal tax purposes. The Florida CPA/PAC is an entity completely separate from the FICPA. The Florida CPA/PAC is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of members of the FICPA and others
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