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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Registration and Continental Breakfast
6:30am-8:00am
Wednesday Early Bird Session

Early Bird MEGA Buy: Cybersecurity - Detect, Protect and Respond (Credits: 1.0 TB)
7:00am-7:50am

Anurag Sharma, CISA, CISSP, CRISC, MBA
Prinicipal / WithumSmith + Brown
Princeton, NJ

The Digital Megatrend has turbocharged business. Access, client experience and reach are here, but disregard security and you can turbocharge your way out of business.  Learn the three key elements you absolutely need to survive a Cyber attack.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Introduction and Opening Remarks
8:00am-8:15am
Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 2: Things to Look For in Plan Documents - Prototype Volume Submitter Pre-Approved (Credits: 1.0 AA)
8:15am-9:05am

Robert A. Lavenberg, CPA, JD, LLM
President / ERISAworks, LLC
North Wales, PA
Plan documents can be daunting!  Standards require the plan auditor to understand the key plan provisions to properly plan and execute the audit.  This session will focus on how to review and understand the plan for audit purposes.


Breakout 3: Wherefore, Wayfair? New and Different Ways of Thinking About Nexus (Credits: 1.0 TB)
8:15am-9:05am

Robert S. Goldman
Attorney / Dean Mead & Dunbar
Tallahassee, FL
AND
Sherry R. Lam
Director, State and Local Tax / Grant Thornton LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Examining the novel arguments before the Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., and creative efforts by states to expand the nexus concept.

This session will provide a summary of state and local tax nexus provisions, and will include a review of current nexus provisions, new and emerging trends from and income and franchise and sales and use tax perspective, and and update on proposed/pending legislation.


Breakout 4: How to be Successful at Offers-in-Compromise (Credits: 1.0 TB)
8:15am-9:05am

Jeffrey A. McNeal, EA
Tax Resolution Manager
Per the IRS Data Book (2017), 62,000 offers in compromise were proposed with an acceptance rate of 40.3%.  In order to take advantage of this powerful tool, practitioners should understand the concepts of the program, while also learning some of the tips and tricks to have a successful submission.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 5: A&A Update (Credits: 1.0 AA)
9:10am-10:00am

Marilee P. Lau, CPA
Retired Partner, KPMG LLP / KPMG LLP
San Francisco, CA

“Answers to Your Most Challenging Questions” Ask our experts to provide additional insight and explanations to issues or questions that continue to challenge your thinking.


Breakout 6: The Devil is in the Details: State Tax Concepts Specific to Pass-through Entities (Credits: 1.0 TB)
9:10am-10:00am

Karen A. Lake, CPA
Associate Director / Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL
AND
Gretchen M. Whalen, CPA
Tax Principal / CliftonLarsonAllen
Tampa, FL
Today's business organizational structures frequently are comprised of various types of pass-though-entities, often in the form of limited partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures. In this session we will address some pressing state tax issues facing such organization structures form a practical standpoint. We will take a closer look at what you should know now or in the future about inter-company transactions, unitary groups, entity level taxation, factor flow through and withholding.


Breakout 7: FASB Update (Credits: 1.0 AA)
9:10am-10:00am

Alex Casas
Project Manager / Financial Accounting Standards Board
Norwalk, CT
This session will provide an update on the various projects currently on the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Technical Agenda and recently completed projects.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 8: How to Avoid DOL Issues - Top 5 Issues and Ways to Address (Credits: 1.0 AA)
10:15am-11:05am

Michael E. Auerbach, CPA
Chief Accountant / US Department of Labor
Washington, DC
Session will provide an overview of DOL audit quality and enforcement initiatives.


Breakout 9: State Modifications to Federal Taxable Income (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:15am-11:05am

Melissa L. Ruiz
Tax Manager / Grant Thornton LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL
AND
William Kilgallon, EA
Tax Principal / Hafer & Company Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Palm Beach, FL
This session will address various topics related to the computation of state taxable income, with a focus on those areas where states have decoupled from the federal income tax treatment of particular items, resulting in modifications to federal taxable income.


Breakout 10: Fee Only Financial Planning: The Future for the CPA Practitioner (Credits: 1.0 AA)
10:15am-11:05am

Peter C. Golotko, CPA/PFS, MBA
President/CEO / CPS Investment Advisors
Lakeland, FL
The CPA practitioner is the most qualified individual to provide Financial Planning. Come Learn Why!


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 11: AICPA Oversight on Benefit Plan Audits (Credits: 1.0 AA)
11:10am-12:00pm

Paul N. Brown, CPA, CGMA
Director of Technical Services / Florida Institute of CPAs
Tallahassee, FL
AND
Marilee P. Lau, CPA
Retired Partner, KPMG LLP / KPMG LLP
San Francisco, CA
This session will be a joint presentation with Marilee Lau and Paul Brown, to look at recent oversight results performed on peer reviews. The session will cover the findings noted in oversight, the requirements in a benefit plan audit, what should have been performed and the peer review impact of the various findings.


Breakout 12: Franchise and Non-Income Based Taxes (Credits: 1.0 TB)
11:10am-12:00pm

Rex D. Ware, Esq
Senior Attorney / Moffa, Sutton & Donnini, PA
Tallahassee, FL
AND
Dennis K. Gallant, CPA
Senior Manager Tax Services / Thomas Howell Ferguson, PA
Tallahassee, FL
Provide an update of the various changes in state franchise, gross receipts and net worth taxes.


Breakout 13: GAAS Update - Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (Credits: 1.0 AA)
11:10am-12:00pm

Steven Morrison, CPA,MAcc
Partner / CohnReznick Group
New York, NY
The presentation will provide an overview of recent standards and  on-going projects of the AICPA Auditing Standards Board.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 14: Auditing in a Paperless Environment and the Appropriate Use of SOC Reports - Part 1 (Credits: 1.0 AA)
1:00pm-1:50pm

Gwen Bryant, CPA
Assurance Partner, ERISA Leader / Hogan Taylor LLP
Fayetteville, AR
AND
Jean M. Malis, CGMA,CPA
Partner / Hancock Askew & Co LLP
Norcross, GA

Discuss audit risk and testing in a paperless environment.  Learn how SOC 1 reports are used to obtain an understanding of internal controls over financial reporting in an employee benefit plan audit; review how SOC 1 reports impact the risk assessment and planned procedures.  Discuss common issues auditors deal with in evaluating SOC 1 reports and the evaluation and documentation of SOC 1 reports, including placing reliance on controls in significant audit areas; identifying and evaluating key controls (entity and transaction level) and testing the design effectiveness, as well as the operating effectiveness of key controls; consideration of IT controls and best practices in documenting the evaluation of SOC 1 reports.


Breakout 15: State Taxes Just Became Much More Important (Federal Tax Reform's Impact on State Tax) (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:00pm-1:50pm

Karen A. Lake, CPA
Associate Director / Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL
AND
Gretchen M. Whalen, CPA
Tax Principal / CliftonLarsonAllen
Tampa, FL
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) contains the most significant changes to Internal Revenue Code in 30 years. 
At the state level, conformity with the federal tax base expansion will likely result in increases tax collections; but, the magnitude of that impact for each state will depend on how it chooses to conform to new Internal Revenue Code the composition of its economy and the way specific provisions of TCJA are impeded at Federal level. Will the states conform, will they decouple, what are the trends? These questions will be answer at this breakout session.


Breakout 16: SSARS Update (21, 22 and 23) (Credits: 1.0 AA)
1:00pm-1:50pm

Keith A. Jowers II, CPA
Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
Miramar Beach, FL
In this session we will cover the recent SSARS pronouncements made by the Accounting and Review Services Committee of the AICPA. We will also cover key areas and practice issues identified in the Audit Risk Alert related to Developments in Preparation, Compilation and Review Engagements.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 17: Auditing in a Paperless Environment and the Appropriate Use of SOC Reports - Part 2 (Credits: 1.0 AA)
2:10pm-3:00pm

Gwen Bryant, CPA
Assurance Partner, ERISA Leader / Hogan Taylor LLP
Fayetteville, AR
AND
Jean M. Malis, CGMA,CPA
Partner / Hancock Askew & Co LLP
Norcross, GA
Discuss audit risk and testing in a paperless environment.  Learn how SOC 1 reports are used to obtain an understanding of internal controls over financial reporting in an employee benefit plan audit; review how SOC 1 reports impact the risk assessment and planned procedures.  Discuss common issues auditors deal with in evaluating SOC 1 reports and the evaluation and documentation of SOC 1 reports, including placing reliance on controls in significant audit areas; identifying and evaluating key controls (entity and transaction level) and testing the design effectiveness, as well as the operating effectiveness of key controls; consideration of IT controls and best practices in documenting the evaluation of SOC 1 reports.


Breakout 18: State of the States (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:10pm-3:00pm

Lori Stolly
Director, SALT - National Tax Office
The presentation will cover the current economic condition of the states; how state tax policy is often driven by budgetary conditions; and the potential implications of tax reform to the states and how they are responding to the changes.


Breakout 19: Maximizing Tax Credits & Incentives in a Post-Tax Reform World (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:10pm-3:00pm

Brandi Price, JD, MS
Senior Tax Manager / ADP
Tampa, FL
States are competing to win jobs and investments, and can offer valuable incentives for businesses to expand or invest within their borders. Additionally, the federal government offers significant tax savings for investment and job creation.  Businesses can take advantage of these tax-saving opportunities with the proper planning and insight.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 20: Ask the EBP Experts (Credits: 1.0 AA)
3:10pm-4:00pm

Marilee P. Lau, CPA
Retired Partner, KPMG LLP / KPMG LLP
San Francisco, CA
AND
Michael E. Auerbach, CPA
Chief Accountant / US Department of Labor
Washington, DC
AND
Gwen Bryant, CPA
Assurance Partner, ERISA Leader / Hogan Taylor LLP
Fayetteville, AR
AND
Jean M. Malis, CGMA,CPA
Partner / Hancock Askew & Co LLP
Norcross, GA

 


Breakout 21: Records You Should Have When You Are Audited (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:10pm-4:00pm

Peter J. Steffens, CPA
Owner / Peter Steffens Consulting LLC
Tampa, FL
A discussion of the information and records that an auditor will expect to see to support your tax decisions related to collecting and paying Florida Sales & Use Tax, Motor Fuel Tax and other Florida taxes.


Breakout 22: Even When the CPA is Right, He/She Can be Wrong (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:10pm-4:00pm

C Michael Halfast, CPA
Professional Liability Specialist / Risk Avoidance Managers, Inc
St Petersburg, FL
This presentation will be a series of actual cases where the CPA probably did nothing wrong or made one small mistake, but in the eyes of others (plaintiff lawyers & the public), they did something wrong. The cases will be based on real life situations.


General Session

Regulation of the Profession (Credits: 1.0 TB)
4:10pm-5:00pm

David L. Dennis, CPA
Retired Partner
This session will cover an overview of the Regulatory Structure of the CPA profession and discuss evolving regulatory issues ranging from education and licensure, CPE, Peer Review, and professional standards.


Thursday, June 14, 2018
Registration and Continental Breakfast
6:30am-8:00am
Thursday Morning Early Bird Session

Early Bird MEGA Buy: To Catch a Thief - Learning the Language of a Fraudster (Credits: 1.0 AA)
7:00am-7:50am

R. Kevin Cross, CPA, MST, EA
Fraud lecturer, Author, and Counselor / Account 417, LLC
Roswell, GA
Insights, wisdom and "out of the box" lessons on fraud to deter and detect misappropriations of assets. The audience will turn into suspects with the "embezzlement game". "To Catch a Thief - A Game of Fraud” - takes participants through a an actual crime. $300,000 is missing and one of you is the culprit! In this fast paced session you will use Kevin Cross’s sleuthing techniques to solve an actual fraud case. Participants will learn the difference between negligence and fraud and will discover how to deter and to detect fraud in its various forms."


Thursday, June 14, 2018
Opening Remarks and Rewards
8:00am-8:15am
General Session

Keynote Address - Talent Generation: Redefining Work to Achieve Greater Success (Credits: 1.0 TB)
8:15am-9:05am

Sarah L. Sladek
CEO

Welcome to the Talent Economy - a 21st century economy characterized by unprecedented innovation, connectivity, disruption, and opportunity.

Unfortunately, the positive attributes of this economy have been largely overshadowed thus far. With job satisfaction declining across three decades, employee turnover costing organizations billions, profitability shrinking, and millions of Boomers retiring, the impetus to close the widening gap between talent-development practices and business impact has never been greater. 

For too long, we’ve just assumed there is no other way. But Sarah Sladek proves there is another way.

Drawing from documented workforce and talent-development research, as well as her own ongoing study of generational impacts, her presentation cites numerous examples of organizations that have been capable of engaging employees in this era of disruption—what they did, why it worked, and how it’s made a difference to the organizations’ outlook and bottom line.

Sladek proves that it’s possible to create an organization designed to engage talent, and she provides audiences with the guidance to do it. 


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 24: GASB Update Part 1 (Credits: 1.0 AA)
9:30am-10:20am

Lisa R. Parker, CPA
Project Manager / Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Norwalk, CT
This session will give an overview of the GASB pronouncements that become effective in the coming fiscal years.  This session will also explain some of the projects on GASB's current technical agenda and research agenda.


SOLD OUT - DO NOT REGISTER: Breakout 25: Talent Generation: Strategy Session (Credits: 1.0 TB)
9:30am-10:20am

Sarah L. Sladek
CEO
Take a deep dive into the strategies and critical thinking that can transform your business and workplace. This workshop features Sarah Sladek, CEO of XYZ University and author of Talent Generation, in an intimate and interactive strategy session. Learn the employee engagement strategies and best practices in leadership she uncovered while researching the most successful organizations in existence today. Limited to 30 participants.


Breakout 26: FDOR Panel (Credits: 1.0 TB)
9:30am-10:20am

Mark Zych
Director, Tech Assist & Dispute Resolution / Florida Department of Revenue
Tallahassee, FL
AND
Eric Peate
Chief / Florida Department of Revenue
Tallahassee, FL
Updates on litigation, hot topics and other items of interest. Items of interest originating from protested audits or requests for technical advice. A brief explanation of nontaxable contracts.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 27: GASB Update Part 2 (Credits: 1.0 AA)
10:30am-11:20am

Lisa R. Parker, CPA
Project Manager / Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Norwalk, CT

This session will give an overview of the GASB pronouncements that become effective in the coming fiscal years.  The session also will explain some of the projects on GASB's current technical agenda and research agenda.


Breakout 28: Hot Topics for CFO's - Part 1 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:30am-11:20am

William L. Maloney, CPA, CTP, CVA
President / Bill Maloney Consulting
St Petersburg, FL
This session will discuss current trends facing CFO's along with a review of the keys to managing the CFO function successfully.  We will discuss status of lending markets, CFO agenda, liquidity and working capital, valuation, using operating and financial leverage.


Breakout 29: Florida Hot Topics (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:30am-11:20am

Glenn A. Bedonie, CPA, CFST
Owner / Glenn A. Bedonie, CPA, P.A.
Tallahassee, FL
AND
Rex D. Ware, Esq
Senior Attorney / Moffa, Sutton & Donnini, PA
Tallahassee, FL
AND
Mark Hamilton
General Counsel / Florida Department of Revenue Office of the General Counsel
Tallahassee, FL


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 30: CIRA Update (Credits: 1.0 AA)
12:55pm-1:45pm

Cecil Patterson Jr., CPA,MBA
Partner/Owner / Patterson CPA Group, Inc.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
This session will cover updates from the FASB, the AICPA, and the state of Florida regarding Common Interest Realty Associations (CIRAs) for 2018. Included will be updates on GAAP, GAAS, SSARS, and other matters that impact condos, HOAs, Timeshares, and other CIRAs in Florida.


Breakout 31: Hot Topics for CFO's - Part 2 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
12:55pm-1:45pm

William L. Maloney, CPA, CTP, CVA
President / Bill Maloney Consulting
St Petersburg, FL
This session will discuss current trends facing CFO's along with a review of the keys to managing the CFO function successfully.  We will discuss key performance indicators and dashboards, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, financial reports, bonus and incentive plans.


Breakout 32: Multi-State Tax Update - Part 1 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
12:55pm-1:45pm

Kevin J. Herzberg, CPA
Partner - Florida SALT Practice Leader
AND
Jordan M. Goodman, JD, LLM, Esq., CPA
Partner / Horwood Marcus & Berk
Chicago, IL
This presentation will get the audience up to date on recent state and local tax cases and statutory changes that will affect their client’s business.  The discussion will cover such topics as when a state can impose its taxing jurisdiction on an out-of-state business and what taxpayers can do to protect themselves.  We will also cover the latest in apportionment issues, paying particular attention to sourcing of sale other than tangible personal property, including cost of performance, market-based sourcing and alternative apportionment.  We will examine the latest in retroactive law changes and how best businesses can avoid historical liability.  The discussion will include the latest in qui tam and class actions that are becoming popular by non-tax enforcers.  We will also examine the latest in transaction taxes both from a nexus and situsing perspective.  The presentation will look at ways to comply with state law and hopefully avoid double taxation.  Finally, the latest in audit developments and how best to prepare our clients for the more aggressive state audits.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 33: 2018 CIRA Disaster Issues (Credits: 1.0 AA)
1:55pm-2:45pm

Cecil Patterson Jr., CPA,MBA
Partner/Owner / Patterson CPA Group, Inc.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
This session will cover updates from the FASB, the AICPA, and the state of Florida regarding Common Interest Realty Associations (CIRAs) for 2018 that impact CIRAs in times of disaster. How to handle disclosures, the receipt of funds for damages, repair costs, the matching principle, insurance, and other related disaster issues. Disasters may include hurricanes, storms, wind damage, tornadoes, floods, fires, and other occurrences.


Breakout 34: The Role of Health Insurance in Your Financial Planning (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:55pm-2:45pm

Jason Cleary
Benefits Counselor / Member Benefits
Jacksonville, FL

In this seminar, we will discuss why choosing the right insurance for yourself and/or your firm is an integral part of your overall financial plan. Our discussion will focus on the top three health insurance strategies that can offer financial savings, tax breaks and even return of health insurance premium.

These three strategies are:

  • Supplemental Hospital Gap Insurance Options
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Level-Funding
A thorough knowledge of the above three topics can potentially yield thousands of dollars in financial savings!


Breakout 35: Multi-State Tax Update - Part 2 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:55pm-2:45pm

Kevin J. Herzberg, CPA
Partner - Florida SALT Practice Leader
AND
Jordan M. Goodman, JD, LLM, Esq., CPA
Partner / Horwood Marcus & Berk
Chicago, IL
This presentation will get the audience up to date on recent state and local tax cases and statutory changes that will affect their client’s business.  The discussion will cover such topics as when a state can impose its taxing jurisdiction on an out-of-state business and what taxpayers can do to protect themselves.  We will also cover the latest in apportionment issues, paying particular attention to sourcing of sale other than tangible personal property, including cost of performance, market-based sourcing and alternative apportionment.  We will examine the latest in retroactive law changes and how best businesses can avoid historical liability.  The discussion will include the latest in qui tam and class actions that are becoming popular by non-tax enforcers.  We will also examine the latest in transaction taxes both from a nexus and situsing perspective.  The presentation will look at ways to comply with state law and hopefully avoid double taxation.  Finally, the latest in audit developments and how best to prepare our clients for the more aggressive state audits.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 36: Implementaion of Revenue Recognition (Credits: 1.0 AA)
3:00pm-3:50pm

J. E. Grossman, CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA
Principal / CliftonLarsonAllen
Lakeland, FL


Breakout 37: The Human Behavior Aspect of Cybersecurity (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:00pm-3:50pm

Christophe Reglat
President/CEO / Coaxis International
Tallahassee, FL
As technology evolves, business are seeking more flexibility in completing their work.  This evolution is increasing the risk of hacking.  And, as a business owner you have to mitigate the risk.  This program will look at the impact of Hacking/Social Engineering in Business by discussing how it is done, how to prepare for it, and how to protect against. 


Breakout 38: Myth Debunkers from a DOR Perspective (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:00pm-3:50pm

Carmen Rosamonda
Revenue Program Administrator II / Florida Department of Revenue
Orlando, FL
AND
Richard Unen
Field Audit Operations Manager / Florida Department of Revenue
Sarasota, FL
AND
Michelle Prather
Revenue Program Administrator / Florida Department of Revenue
Tallahassee, FL
During this presentation, Florida Department of Revenue presenters will dispel myths as they guide you through facts about the Department.


General Session

Business E-mail Compromise: A "High Tech" Emerging Crime Trend Fraud (Credits: 2.0 TB)
4:00pm-5:40pm

Keith Givens, CPA
Supervisory Special Agent / FBI
Maitland, FL
This presentation provides a brief on WHAT EVERY CPA SHOULD KNOW If you are conducting financial transactions over the internet either for yourself, your business, the businesses you represent, or your loved ones. We will discuss what BEC is, how the fraud is perpetrated, what are signs to look for to avoid becoming a victim, what to do if you do become a victim, and what the FBI can do to help. A "must hear" for anyone who wants to be savvy in todays high tech environment the financial crimes arena.


MEGA Vendor Marketplace Reception
5:45pm-7:00pm
Friday, June 15, 2018
Registration and Continental Breakfast
6:30am-8:00am
Friday Early Bird Session

Early Bird MEGA Buy: Transforming Accounting and Auditing through Analytics (Credits: 1.0 TB)
7:00am-7:50am

Allen D. Blay, PhD, CPA
Assistant Professor / Florida State University Rovetta Business Building
Tallahassee, FL
AND
Lance Kerwin
Teacher Faculty I / Florida State University College of Business-Dept of Finance
Tallahassee, FL
CPAs are expected to perform the tasks and acquire the skills of a data scientist in the current world of data-driven decision making. Practitioners should seek opportunities to leverage BIG DATA and apply analytics into the Accounting and Auditing discipline.


Friday, June 15, 2018
General Session

Keynote Address by Derrick Brooks & William Ali Floyd - Leaders vs. Leadership: Finding Your Effective Edge (Credits: 1.0 TB)
8:10am-9:00am

Derrick Brooks
AND
William A. Floyd
As a business leader, you know that results matter. What’s your role in getting better results? It’s not “being a better leader.” Instead it’s “offering better leadership.” Former NFL star linebacker Derrick Brooks brings his unique, fluid, and interactive presentation style as a keynote speaker to the 2018 Mega CPE Conference. His message starts with one idea: Leadership as Servitude. And the rest of the presentation is a dynamic, engaging, and surprising adventure. Find your effective edge as you navigate your leadership role, others’ leadership, teamwork, and overcoming obstacles.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 40: FASB Update: Not for Profit Accounting Update (Credits: 1.0 AA)
9:35am-10:25am

Emily S. Lehman
Manager / CliftonLarsonAllen
Lakeland, FL
Get the latest news on FASB and ASU updates and ongoing projects as they relate to NFPs.  Review NFP financial statements, revenue recognition from contracts and customers, leases and FASB's current project on recognition of grants and contracts.


Breakout 41: Multi-State Nexus and the Amazon Effect Part 1 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
9:35am-10:25am

Chanel C. Davis
CEO/MP / Davis Davis & Harmon LLC Sales Tax Experts
Dallas, TX

Most companies are focused on business growth, not sales tax exposure...

  • Starting a new division of a business?
  • Launching a new product or service line?
  • Expanding your business into a new territory?
  • Attending any out-of-state trade shows?
  • Hiring an out-of-state sales agent, installation company, or delivery company?
  • “The Amazon-Effect”

With over 8000 taxing authorities in the US and 500 tax and rate changes per year, sales tax compliance is  rife with challenges. Learn how all of these factors may impact a businesses Nexus status and sales tax exposure in a given state or states.


Breakout 42: ASC 740 State Income Tax (Credits: 1.0 AA)
9:35am-10:25am

Mark E. Holcomb, Esq
Partner / Dean Mead & Dunbar
Tallahassee, FL
AND
Chris Oatis, CPA
Managing Director - SALT / Grant Thornton LLP
Orlando, FL
Presentation will provide attendees with an understanding of the federal income tax law changes from the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), with a focus on the state income tax impact on quarterly and annual tax provisions.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 43: The Evolution of SOC Reporting and Upcoming Changes (Credits: 1.0 AA)
10:30am-11:20am

Gene E. Geiger, CPA
Partner / A-lign
Tampa, FL
Is your organization prepared for the upcoming SOC changes? The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) recognizes the growing demand for transparency and strengthened controls within multifaceted risk environments. The System Organization Control (SOC) frameworks continue to improve the security measures that should be implemented to protect organizations against emerging threats. In this presentation, A-LIGN’s President, Gene Geiger, will discuss the history and evolution of the SOC frameworks, outline the differences between SOC reports, and review the updates to the standards in regards to risk mitigation, control activities, and the trust services criteria that your organization should prepare for.

In this presentation attendees will learn: 

  • The evolution of SOC reporting 
  • The differences between SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, and SOC for Cybersecurity
  • The upcoming changes to SOC 2 and emerging SOC reports


Breakout 44: Multi-State Nexus and the Amazon Effect Part 2 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:30am-11:20am

Chanel C. Davis
CEO/MP / Davis Davis & Harmon LLC Sales Tax Experts
Dallas, TX

Most companies are focused on business growth, not sales tax exposure...

  • Starting a new division of a business?
  • Launching a new product or service line?
  • Expanding your business into a new territory?
  • Attending any out-of-state trade shows?
  • Hiring an out-of-state sales agent, installation company, or delivery company?
  • “The Amazon-Effect”

With over 8000 taxing authorities in the US and 500 tax and rate changes per year, sales tax compliance is  rife with challenges. Learn how all of these factors may impact a businesses Nexus status and sales tax exposure in a given state or states.


Breakout 45: Florida Tax Legislative and Litigation Update (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:30am-11:20am

H French Brown IV, Esq.
Dean Mead & Dunbar
Tallahassee, FL
Even though the 2018 Florida Legislature concluded its Regular Session passing the lowest number of bills in two decades, there were significant and substantial changes to the State’s tax laws.  Additionally, the Legislature passed Amendment 5, which if approved, will make more difficult to increase taxes or fees.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 46: Special Purpose Frameworks (Financial Statements under the Cash, Tax Basis, Contractual, and Regulatory Basis of Accounting) (Credits: 1.0 AA)
12:30pm-1:20pm

Steven Morrison, CPA,MAcc
Partner / CohnReznick Group
New York, NY
This session provides working knowledge of special purpose frameworks such as cash, tax basis, regulatory basis, and contractual basis as well as a discussion on the associated literature. This will be valuable for practitioners and those in industry who may use these frameworks but may not know the intricacies of these frameworks and where to go to answer questions that arise.


Breakout 47: Estate and Trust Special Needs (Credits: 1.0 TB)
12:30pm-1:20pm

Brian J. Hershorin, JD, MBA, LL.M
Attorney / Purcell, Flanagan & Hay, PA
Jacksonville, FL
This course focuses on basic estate planning, common misconceptions in estate planning, and the impact that the new tax law has upon estate plans.  We will also discuss possible pitfalls in the planning process.


Breakout 48: Florida Sales Tax Issues in the Construction, Fabrication, & Manufacturing Industries (Credits: 1.0 TB)
12:30pm-1:20pm

Kenneth M. Rios, JD, MBA
Principal / Kaufman, Rossin & Co, PA
Ft Lauderdale, FL
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James H. Sutton Jr, CPA, Esq., LLM
Shareholder / Moffa, Sutton & Donnini, PA
Tampa, FL
Construction and manufacturing are two of the largest and most job producing industries in Florida and yet they can be the most complicated from a Florida sales and use tax perspective.  This presentation provides a detailed look at the sales and use tax issues facing these industries to help your company or your client's company keep from learning the hard way during a sales tax audit.  The course will provide a general overview of Florida sales and use tax and specific applications to the construction and manufacturing industry such as how various types of construction contracts are treated, fabrication, installation, public works contracts, repairs/installation, manufacturing exemptions, etc.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 49: Forensic Accounting - Where do you Start (Credits: 1.0 AA)
1:25pm-2:15pm

C. Brett Cooper, ABV,ASA,CPA
Director Valuation & Advisory / Rivero, Gordimer & Co, PA
Tampa, FL
You have been contacted by the local attorney who states they have a client that is being stolen blind!  How do you proceed?  This session will discuss best practices in engagement management, the investigation process, and reporting on the findings. 


Breakout 50: Special Needs Trusts: Planning considerations, and Administration Issues (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:25pm-2:15pm

Julie Saieg, JD, LL.M
Attorney / Purcell, Flanagan & Hay, PA
Jacksonville, FL
Content will include (i) reasons for the creation of a  special needs trust, including the desire to protect a beneficiary’s eligibility for Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid,  (ii) general information regarding qualifying for supplemental security income and Medicaid, and (iii) the administration of special needs trusts.


Breakout 51: A Growing Trend: State Unemployment/Reemployment Audits (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:25pm-2:15pm

Shawn M. Williams, CPA
AMBR / Shawn M. Williams, CPA, LLC
Bonita Springs, FL
We will discuss how to prepare, plan, and execute an efficiently effective Audit. Your clients will love you for joining in this discussion.


Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 52: Transition of New Leases (Credits: 1.0 AA)
2:30pm-3:20pm

J. E. Grossman, CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA
Principal / CliftonLarsonAllen
Lakeland, FL


Breakout 53: Cyber Risk Outlook for CPAs (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:30pm-3:20pm

Alvin Fennell III
Vice President of Underwriting / AON Insurance Services
Hatboro, PA
The presentation focus will be to provide information related Common Accountants Cyber Claims; Changing Privacy Laws and Regulatory Environment, Cyber Risk Tips and areas of cost.  The presentation will provide immediate and longterm risk tips that will help firms limit their risk.


Breakout 54: Economic Nexus and the Dormant Commerce Clause: Stare Decisis and the Continuing Viability of Quill v. North Dakota (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:30pm-3:20pm

Jonathan S. Ingber, CPA,JD
Kwal & Oliva, CPAs
Miami, FL

Other than an occasional reference to issues of state taxation, the author is perhaps guilty of an attitude properly criticized in the following manner by Profession Richard D. Pomp (University of Connecticut School of Law) in his preface for students: "Such (large, prominent) firms have displayed the common bias of federal tax lawyers who traditionally have looked down on their state counterparts as the Rodney Dangerfields of the profession. But the times have changed and these firms are plating catch up and competing with the accounting firm." (State and Local Taxation, 4th Ed., Richard D. Pomo & Oliver Oldman, self-published)

The paper to be presented will discuss the mechanics of state tax research to determone the federal constitutional foundation of "economic nexus". There will also be extended appendix on Federal tax Research: Mastering the Mechanics to Increase Understanding of the Law (Remembrance of Memoranda Past).


General Session

Multi-Generational Management - Me vs. You vs. Them (Credits: 2.0 BE)
3:25pm-5:05pm

Karl Ahlrichs, SPHR
Senior Consultant / ExpertSpeaks
Carmel, IN
Much of what you know about the newest generation in the Finance workforce is out of date.  In this fast-paced update, Karl Ahlrichs will share some new and quite surprising information about the latest crop of employees that are arriving in our organizations.

Generational and personal differences make it difficult to create a “high performing” culture, and good metrics are hard to find.  The “newest generation” that has been moving into your organization is going to either be a wonderful asset or a problem to manage.  Come and learn which will be true for you.


Saturday, June 16, 2018
Registrations and Continental Breakfast
7:00am-8:15am
Saturday Early Bird Session

Early Bird MEGA Buy: Data Compromises - A Tax Practitioners "Nightmare" (Credits: 1.0 AA)
7:15am-8:15am

Maritza Rabinowitz
Stakeholder Liasion / Internal Revenue Service
Maitland, FL
This course provides tax professionals with information about the importance of establishing an Information Security Program and the types of data compromises that may result from a variety of events resulting in the improper acquisition of private/secure personally identifiable information.


Saturday, June 16, 2018
Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout 56: Ethics - Protecting the Integrity of Florida CPAs (4980) (Credits: 4.0 ET)
8:15am-12:00pm

Cecil Patterson Jr., CPA,MBA
Partner/Owner / Patterson CPA Group, Inc.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

As professionals, CPAs often face complex and challenging ethical situations.  This course provides a framework to assist CPAs address their ethical and regulatory obligations and comply with professional requirements.  Through interactive discussion we will explore recent trends in business and professional ethics along with the application of specific rules and requirements applicable to CPAS.  Our focus will be on the obligations imposed on CPAs by the Florida Statutes, the Rules of the Florida Board of Accountancy, and the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct.

The course fulfills the biennial ethics requirement for Florida CPAs and is designed for professionals in public practice and those working in industry or government.


Breakout 57: Tax Reform and Beyond: 2018 Current Tax Developments (Credits: 4.0 TB)
8:15am-12:00pm

Vicki H. Meyer, CPA
President/Owner / Meyer Consulting, PLLC
Orlando, FL
It's worth getting up at 8:00 am on a Saturday morning for this presentation. In addition to tax reform developments and clarifications, other important 2018 current developments will be considered. 

This presentation provides an update on federal and state tax legislation, regulations, IRS pronouncements, and cases. Tax planning opportunities and tax pitfalls will be highlighted.

Following this mid-year tax check-up, you will be able to:

  • discuss the current tax environment 
  • explain current updates on federal and state tax legislation, regulations, IRS pronouncements, and cases 
  • apply those updates for the tax return filing purposes
  • propose tax planning opportunities and warn of tax pitfalls


Optional Activities
Optional Activies You Would Like to Attend (Add Guest/Children registrations on the next page) Additional Charge

FICPA's Chair Celebration - $50 Per Person
7:00pm-9:00pm


Details to come...



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