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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!

@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 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

Impact Report 7: Tax Scams, "Ok" to Smoke, and more

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Impact Report 7: Tax Scams, "Ok" to Smoke, and more


The first bill of the 2019 legislative session has passed and been signed into law; meanwhile, lawmakers continue to advance bills through the various committees & subcommittees. The FICPA Governmental Affairs team is tracking them all in order to keep CPAs up to speed on how these developments could affect the profession.

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • IRS issues 2019 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams
  • Governor DeSantis says “Ok” to smoke
  • House and Senate Release Budget Proposals
  • Bill Tracking Updates: Regulation, Taxation, Blockchain, 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

Impact Report 6: New Legislative Updates

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Impact Report 6: New Legislative Updates


Now that the first week of session is behind us, lawmakers are starting the process of advancing bills through the various committees & subcommittees. The FICPA Governmental Affairs team is tracking them all in order to keep CPAs up to speed on how these developments could affect the profession.

Also in this edition of the IMPACT Report:

  • New Bill Tracking Updates: Deregulation, Taxation, Blockchain, and more
  • FICPA Key Person Contacts Make a Difference

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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