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: Continuing Education for FL CPAs deadline completion of CPE remains 6-30-20 for licensees whose license expires 12-31-20 Indicated Rule 61H1-33.001, F.A.C. Licensees encouraged to satisfy continuing education requirements prior to deadline Visit DBPR Website for full information.

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 

The AICPA urged Secretary Mnuchin to provide broad filing season relief for taxpayers and their advisors in this April 7 letter from AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon. Additionally, the AICPA has posted these 20 tax Filing FAQs on the latest developments in taxpayer relief during the pandemic. 

Due to the rapidly changing tax relief environment, the following two web pages may be the fastest sources of most current information:

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Federal Regulatory Links & Update

CPA Guide to SBA PPP
Visit our new web page for what you need to know about the evolving and complex Paycheck Protection Program. Find technical guidance, loan application and calculators, Lender letter templates and more.  

  • IRS FAQ: Installment Agreement Direct Debit Frequently Asked Questions
  • IRS Guidance: Relief from Penalty for Failure to Deposit Employment Taxes Notice 2020-22 
  • IRS Guidance: Effective Date for Employment Tax Credits Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice 2020-21
  • Joint Committee on Taxation: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Technical Explanation (H.R. 6201) [JCX-10-20]
  • IRS Guidance: Update to Notice 2020-18, Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing COVID-19, Related to Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines Notice 2020-20
  • IRS Guidance: Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Related to Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines Notice 2020-18
  • IRS Q&A: Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers in Re: Notice 2020-18
  • IRS Guidance: Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic Notice 2020-18 
  • IRS Guidance: Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic Notice 2020-17
  • IRS Guidance: Notice: High Deductible Health Plans and Expenses Related to COVID-19 Notice 2020-15


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.”

During the first week of April, FICPA President-CEO has requested clarification and additional relief from DOR Executive Director Zingale and DBPR Secretary Beshears.

 

State Regulatory Links & Updates

  • FLA Governor: Executive Order | Doc Stamps for SBA Loans EO 20-95
  • FLA Governor: Executive Order | Mortgage Foreclosure & Eviction Relief EO 20-94
  • FLA Governor: Executive Order | Amending Essential Svcs & Activities EO 20-92
  • FLA Governor: Executive Order 20-91 Essential Svcs & Activities FAQ
  • FLA Governor: Executive Order | Essential Services & Activities EO 20-91
  • 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
  • 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
  • DBPR
  • DBPR Reaffirms FL CPA CPE Completion Deadline of June 30 for licensees whose license expires 12/31. 
  • DBPR Emergency Order: Relating to certain conditions of emergency powers of association boards ( condos, co-ops, HOAs) and suspends and tolls the timing requirements pertaining to preparation, submittal or filing of certain financial reports and statements of same.  #EO 2020-04

 


 

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.

 

COVID-19 Webinars 

Just added! 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


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

FICPA is here to assist you, our resilient members, through this unparalleled time. We are prepared to help you, your businesses, and your clients operate as smoothly as possible, even during our commitment to social and physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

FICPA as an organization is operational on our remote working platforms, so we are able to continue to offer our full service, by online chat, phone 850-224-2727 and email. Please reach out if there is anything we can help you with and continue to check our social media accounts for updates, as well as our Coronavirus Resource Center.

Our online member-only discussion communities on FICPA Connect are also up and active.

We are advocating for Federal and State tax relief on an on-going basis. We are also in contact with the Board of Accountancy to make sure all online CPE courses are acceptable for credit. 

Be Well!




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). On March 26, DBPR posted the following statement to its website regarding CPE Deadline: “ The deadline for the completion of continuing education requirements remains June 30, 2020, for licensees whose license expires December 31, 1010, as indicated in Rule 61H-33.001, F.A.C. Licensees are encouraged to satisfy their continuing education requirements prior to the deadline.

 
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 April 6, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-95, directing the DOR to issue an emergency order suspending taxation imposed under Chapter 201, F.S., for notes and other written obligations made pursuant to Title I of the federal CARES Act. 

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.


In late March, NASBA posted the following announcement on its website: “In response to numerous candidate requests, we are pleased to announce Continuous Testing for PA Exam candidates will begin July 1, 2020. Under the new Continuous Testing model, candidates will have the ability to take the Exam year-round, without restriction, other than waiting to receive scores from prior attempts of the same section or when there is a major change to the Exam. 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: 

  • 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
  • June 5 | Suncoast Scramble Golf Tournament (FICPA Scholarship Foundation) – Cancelled

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.