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Premier CPE. Familiar location. What better place to bolster your accounting knowledge than one of Florida’s thought-leading universities? Florida State features state-ofthe-art presentation halls and a beautiful campus. The FICPA 2013 Florida State Spring Accounting Conference reviews industry standards and updates, upcoming legislation affecting the profession and ways to streamline and protect your business. Collaborate with FSU alumni and area professionals and get 16 CPE credits in just a quick drive. CPE/CLE Credit This conference qualifies for 8 hours of Accounting & Auditing (AA), 7 hours of Technical Business (TB) and 1 hour of Behavioral (B) CPE credit and is subject to change. CPE credit is subject to approval by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Type of credit is dependent upon breakout selection.


Conference at-a-glance Thursday

May 16

7:30-8:15 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15-8:30 a.m.

Introduction and Opening Remarks

8:30-9:20 a.m.

Economic Update of Florida

9:20-10:10 a.m.

Issues in Accounting for Estates and Trusts

10:25-11:15 a.m.

Managing and Protecting Information Assets

11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

GASB Project Update

1:05-2:45 p.m.

The Role of Inspectors General in Florida

3-3:50 p.m.

Compilation and Review Update

3:50-4:40 p.m.

Risk Management/Professional Liability


May 17

7:15-8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15-9:05 a.m.

Legislative Update

9:05-9:55 a.m.

A&A Update

10:10-11 a.m.

Identity Theft

11-11:50 a.m.

Single Audit Update

11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Lunch Guest: Norm Thagard, M.D. An American Cosmonaut

12:50-1:40 p.m.

Avoiding Risk in the Employment Life Cycle

1:40-2:30 p.m.

Private Company Reporting

2:45-3:35 p.m.

Tax Update Including Affordable Care Act


Thursday May 16 7:30-8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. GASB Project Update (1 AA) Lynda M. Dennis, CGFM, CPA, Ph.D.

8:15-8:30 a.m. Introduction and Opening Remarks Barbara Withers, Committee Chair

Lecturer & Discussion Leader / University of Central Florida School of Accounting / Orlando This session will provide an overview and status report of current GASB projects with an emphasis on current projects still undergoing due process.

Partner/Owner / Barbara Sheehan Withers, CPA Tallahassee

8:30-9:20 a.m. Economic Update of Florida (1 TB) Rick Harper, Ph.D. Executive Director / UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement University of West Florida / Pensacola This session covers Florida's economic situation as labor and housing markets recover from the Great Recession. Topics include drivers of growth at the state and national level along with risks and opportunities in 2014 and beyond.

9:20-10:10 a.m. Issues in Accounting for Estates and Trusts (1 AA) Timothy J. Warfel Laywer / Timothy J. Warfel / Tallahassee Two issues will be covered in this sesssion. Income tax issues in use of the Section 645 Election for estates and trusts, and preparing annual fiduciary accountings for trusts.

10:25-11:15 a.m. Managing and Protecting Information Assets (1 TB) Daniel Mann Systems Architect / Terran Enterprises LLC Tallahassee Every business has information assets – accounting data, customer information, databases, documents, customer materials and the like. For each business, these information assets vary, yet the challenges surrounding them are the same: how to most effectively use those assets to serve your customers while securing and protecting against their loss or misuse. This session provides a starting point for creating systems to protect and support your company's information assets. The central topic is “backup and restore,” perhaps the most important IT system any business can implement. Along with a detailed treatment of backup considerations (automation and reporting; encryption; onsite and offsite backups; and testing and verification), this session also provides an overview of other systems that protect and support vital information assets.


Florida State University Spring Accounting Conference

1:05-2:45 p.m. The Role of Inspectors General in Florida (2 AA) Melinda Miguel Chief Inspector General Office of Chief Inspector General / Tallahassee In this session, we will provide an overview of the Florida Inspector General Act; provide a summary of the role of the Chief Inspector General; discuss mission to prevent, detect and deter fraud, waste and abuse within state government; discuss challenges and opportunities in government oversight.

3-3:50 p.m. Compilation & Review Update (1 AA) Christian R. Stormer, CPA Shareholder / Bauknight, Pietras & Stormer, PA Columbia, SC This session is designed to bring you up-to-speed on all of the recent changes in the Compilation and Review arena. Several new SSARS have been adopted in the past year, and there are several other significant changes in various stages of approval/issuance. All of these will be discussed in a comprehensive, one-hour session.

3:50-4:40 p.m. Risk Management/Professional Liability (1 TB) C. Michael Halfast, CPA Professional Liability Specialist Risk Avoidance Managers, Inc / St. Petersburg This session covers risk management and professional liability for CPAs, including lender “comfort” letters that could potentially create an unintended liability for the CPA in the event of client default.

Friday May 17 7:15-8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast 8:15-9:05 a.m. Legislative Update (1 TB) Rivers H. Buford, III Director of Governmental Affairs Florida Institute of CPAs / Tallahassee The Florida Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on May 3, 2013. This presentation will include an update on legislation that impacts the profession, and what you can do to influence its passage or veto by signature of the Governor. We also will discuss highlights of other high-profiled bills.

U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame member Dr. Norm Thagard will be on hand to discuss his experience training and flying as the cosmonaut researcher on the 18th Primary Expedition to Russia’s MIR Space Station.

12:50-1:40 p.m. Avoiding Risk in the Employment Life Cycle (1 TB) William T. Krizner

Proprietor / J. Edward Grossman, CPA / Lakeland Accounting standards continue to rapidly evolve as standard setters grapple with international convergence while also addressing private company concerns. This session will discuss recent and anticipated project activities that will impact the future of financial reporting.

Attorney / The Krizner Group / Tallahassee All employees have a life cycle with each organization beginning with the applicant phase and ending with termination. There’s growing risk associated with the ever changing cycle. These risks are not just limited to lawsuits. Governmental audits can result in fines, penalties and even business suspension. This session points out the landmines located at each point along the cycle that can subject your organization to legal or regulatory claims and leave you in an embarrassing, if not unemployed, situation. In addition to minesweeping the cycle, attendees will learn an alternative path to decisions that are both organizational appropriate and risk averse. So, how should you proceed with caution through the phases: Applicant, New Hire, Existing Employee and Termination? What’s critical to managing risk? These answers as well as the “secret sauce” for everyday risk management will be revealed.

10:10-11 a.m. Identity Theft (1 TB) IRS Taxpayer Advocate

1:40-2:30 p.m. Private Company Reporting (1 AA) K. Alan Jowers, CPA

This session will provide information helpful to CPAs and their clients regarding the identity theft issue; how these problems are handled by the Taxpayer Advocate Service; what steps you can take to assist your clients with identity theft; and other Taxpayer Advocate Services.

Partner / Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC Miramar Beach We will explore the history and latest developments in efforts to establish a financial reporting framework for private companies. Included in this discussion will be information on the new Private Company Council and the AICPA's proposed financial reporting framework for small- and medium-sized entities.

We also will discuss how to become involved and the importance of legislator engagement by students, practitioners and inactive friends of the profession.

9:05-9:55 a.m. A&A Update (2 AA) J. E. Grossman, CPA, CMA, CFE, CGMA

11-11:50 a.m. Single Audit Update (1 AA) Joel Black, CPA Partner / Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC / Atlanta, GA This session will provide an update on the 2013 Compliance Supplement used in performing Single Audits and the current status of proposed changes to the Single Audit Act.

11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Lunch Guest: Dr. Norman Thagard, M.D. An American Cosmonaut (1 BE) Dr. Norman Thagard, M.D., Astronaut, Retired Professor & Associate Dean, Jet Pilot and Electrical Engineer / Tallahassee

2:45-3:35 p.m. Tax Update Including Affordable Care Act (1 TB) Vicki H. Meyer, CPA Director / Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A. Tallahassee With the bulk of the Affordable Care Act to take effect on January 1, 2014, what tax changes will impact you and your clients? Can we expect more changes from Washington? This course will attempt to answer those questions and more.


2012-2013 Florida State University Spring Accounting Conference Committee

Conference info Conference Site FSU University Center Club University Center – FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-2568 (850) 644-8528

Accommodations Barbara Withers, Committee Chair Jeanne Allen Jennifer Barineau Kathleen Brothers Robert Fahnestock Delia Fernandez Marshall Gunn, Jr. Rhoda Icerman Keith Jones Coman Leonard, III David Moja Daniel Prinzing Brian Walgamott

SpringHill Suites by Marriott 1300 Executive Center Drive Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 325-1103 FICPA Room Rate: $99 Single/Double plus applicable taxes Hotel Cutoff Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Reservations made after the cutoff date will be subject to availability and current room rate. Please call the hotel directly at (850) 325-1103 to reserve your room. Be sure to mention the FICPA 2013 FSU Spring Accounting Conference to receive the special group rate

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