2019 Accounting Show Next Era (AS)

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Registration & Breakfast
7:00am - 8:00am
General Session

Keynote Presentation: How to Bill a Million Dollars per FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) Using Technology (Credits: 1.0 TB)
8:10am-9:00am

Jody Padar, CPA, MST
CEO and Principal / New Vision CPA Group
Mount Prospect, IL

A new business model for CPA and bookkeeping firms.  Today's future-ready firms are operating at the intersection of user experience, technology and business.  But what does that mean exactly?  Learn how moving to the cloud, utilizing artificial intelligence (aka bots); and outsourcing will transform your firm's culture, business model, talent and operations.  You'll walk away with tips and strategies on how to role with constant change and take your firm to the next level.


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 2: Data Analytics and the Impacts on the Accounting Profession - Part 1 (Credits: 1.0 AA)
9:10am-10:00am

Kathryn K. Horton, CPA, CMA, CIDA
President / Kathryn K. Horton CPA PA
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Explore the benefits of data analytics, including the examination of actual fraud uncovered using data analytic software and internal control testing.  Learn about data analytic testing, creating process automation, artificial intelligence and the future impact on the accounting profession.  Understand, through actual demonstration using data analytic technology, why this methodology is vital to your continued success.


Breakout 3: Wayfair Year 2: Technical Panel (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
Michael K. Hirsch, JD, LLM
Senior Manager – Tax Services / Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL
AND
James H. Sutton Jr, CPA, Esq., LLM
Shareholder / Moffa, Sutton & Donnini, PA
Tampa, FL
AND
Sherry R. Lam, CPA
Managing Director, State and Local Tax / Grant Thornton LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL

The landmark South Dakota v Wayfair US Supreme Court decision from 2018 has broad-reaching implications for any multi-state business.  Companies and their advisors gain greater understanding, and learn how to address the changes Wayfair is bringing in Year 2.  Learn what Wayfair said, and common misconceptions.  Examine the impact of the implications of Year 1.  Explore the impact of the implications in Year 2 and beyond.  Hear some practical suggestions on practical approaches to address the necessary changes.


Breakout 4: Digital is Eating the World- Seeking Companies on the Correct Side of the Divide (Credits: 1.0 TB)
9:10am-10:00am

Randall T. Coleman, CFP®
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Portfolio Manager / Merrill Lynch
Rockledge, FL

This presentation is for companies seeking the correct side of the divide providing insight on technology and how to take advantage of the changes.


Vendor Networking Break
10:00am-10:30am
Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 6: Data Analytics and the Impacts on the Accounting Profession - Part 2 (Credits: 1.0 AA)
10:30am-11:20am

Kathryn K. Horton, CPA, CMA, CIDA
President / Kathryn K. Horton CPA PA
Fort Lauderdale, FL

This is a continuation of Breakout Session # 2


Breakout 7: How Business Clients Can Leverage Data Science to Thrive While Mitigating Risk (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:30am-11:20am

Richard Lee
Chief Risk Officer / LSQ Funding Group, LC
Orlando, FL

In addition to frequently encountering cash flow obstacles, many businesses lack the resources needed to effectively audit their financial stability.  Discover new technologies, techniques, and services that detect billing issues and identify early warning signs of a customer's decline.  Learn best practices to manage the financial strength of your under-banked clients.


Breakout 8: Wayfair: How Are You Going to do It? (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:30am-11:20am

Scott C. Peterson, MPA
VP of US Tax Policy and Government Relations / Avalara
Seattle, WA

Explore the what, why and how businesses and CPAs must understand the Wayfair court's decision on what states tax and exempt, what rates apply to what, which local governments have taxes, and how to make all of that useful.


Vendor Networking Lunch
11:20am - 1:00pm
Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 9: Vendor Risk Management: A Key Element in Managing Data Security Risk (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:00pm-1:50pm

Jim Metropoulos
Risk Control Consultant / CNA
Lake Mary, FL

A CPA firm's cyber security is often only as good as the company with which it does business.  While many organizations take internal cyber security seriously, the procedures of their vendors are often overlooked.  Learn the importance of vendors to a CPA firm's data security risk profile and gain tips on how to manage this risk.


Breakout 10: Section 199A - Basics, Updates and Lessons Learned (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:00pm-1:50pm

David A. Zangrilli
Senior Manager, Pass-through Tax Services / RSM US LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Learn a three-phased approach to the new Section 199A provisions enacted as part of 2018 tax reform.  Explore the basics of Section 199A, recent updates and lessons learned throughout the first full tax year.


Breakout 11: GASB Update (Credits: 1.0 AA)
1:00pm-1:50pm

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

Get the latest updates from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).


Breakout 12: AI RPA Automation: Including RPA, Machine Learning and Automation. What's it All About? (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:00pm-1:50pm

A. David Bergstein, CPA
Digital Evangelist / Intuit
Groveland, FL

Robotic process automation (or RPA) is an emerging form of technology using artificial intelligence (AI) workers and machine learning.  Does that mean a robot will replace your employees?  Join us and find out.


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 13: Criminal Fraud Sales Tax Stories (Credits: 1.0 AA)
2:00pm-2:50pm

James H. Sutton Jr, CPA, Esq., LLM
Shareholder / Moffa, Sutton & Donnini, PA
Tampa, FL

Florida has some very serious criminal statutes imposing potential harsh fines and long prison sentences for sales tax fraud starting at a mere $301 of collected, but not remitted, tax.  Learn the criminal side of sales tax through scenarios where both taxpayers and their CPAs were caught unaware.  If you or your clients collect sales tax, this presentation will be a real eye opener!


Breakout 14: Demogronomics - People Make Markets "It's Not About What's Now- It's About What's Next" (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:00pm-2:50pm

Michael Williams
Managing Director / Truvestments Capital LLC
Sarasota, FL

There are dramatic demographic shifts unfolding in the United States economy.  Explore how "The Barbell Economy" will change all that we know around us.  Learn how to help your clients to be effectively prepared for the most significant economic shift we have witnessed in our lifetime.


Breakout 15: The Latest in Blockchain: What You Need to Know (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:00pm-2:50pm

A. David Bergstein, CPA
Digital Evangelist / Intuit
Groveland, FL

Blockchain is often linked to cryptocurrency, but its applications go far beyond financial transactions.  Businesses in a variety of industries are now realizing how to apply blockchain-based solutions to solve their unique problems.  This session will explain some of its uses.


Breakout 16: Driving Business Results with HCM Strategies and Benchmarking (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:00pm-2:50pm

Javier Falla
Vice President of Sales, Human Resources Outsourcing / ADP
Tampa, FL

More and more, your clients are looking to you as a strategic advisor.  With the rapidly changing workforce, your clients may not even know where to begin to keep their business growing.  Human Capital Management (HCM) technology solutions and data insights can be key in guiding them.  From profit & loss (P&L) impact to better margins, having the right knowledge in this area can help you gain insights into driving business results for both you and your clients.  Take a closer look at how HCM pillars of Talent, Benefits & Compensation and Risk impact the P&L and how benchmarking data, technology and people expertise can help impact the bottom line.


Vendor Networking Break
2:50pm - 3:20pm
Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 17: The Human Aspect of Cybersecurity: More Cautionary Tales to Mitigate Risk (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:20pm-4:10pm

Christophe Réglat
President/CEO / Coaxis International
Tallahassee, FL

Today's technological advances allow businesses to be more efficient than ever before.  But, it also increases the threats from cybercriminals.  Explore how hackers use social engineering; how it works; how to prepare for it; and how to protect your firm.


Breakout 18: Update in Fair Value Accounting for Acquisitions (Credits: 1.0 AA)
3:20pm-4:10pm

Christopher Cooper, ABV,ASA
Director Valuation & Advisory / Rivero, Gordimer & Co, PA
Tampa, FL

Fair Value accounting is constantly scrutinized testing its efficient, effective, and cost beneficial application to recording assets and liabilities.  Fair value accounting permeates throughout the balance sheet in its presentation.  Learn about updates of the Accounting Standards for elements of fair value accounting in all areas, with an emphasis on those applicable to business acquisitions.


Breakout 19: Life Settlements: Unlocking the Market Value of a Life Insurance Policy (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:20pm-4:10pm

Michael Coben
Lighthouse Life
Conshohocken, PA
AND
Michael Freedman
CEO / Lighthouse Life
Conshohocken, PA

A life settlement - a policy owner's sale of an unwanted, unaffordable or unneeded life insurance policy -is a way for seniors to generate resources in retirement.  Seniors receive, on average, four or more times the value than they would receive if they lapsed or surrendered their policy.  Learn about the life settlement market: past, present and future.  Explore the property rights in life insurance and the well-regulated market for consumers when selling a policy.  Understand the process of evaluating and selling a policy, taxation of the life settlement proceeds and the duties and responsibilities of financial professionals with respect to life settlements.


Breakout 20: It's Hurricane Season: Blow your Clients Minds With Tax Savings (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:20pm-4:10pm

Kerstin Nemec
Synergi Partners
Florence, SC
Unfortunately, Florida is hurricane prone.  Congress regularly assists businesses impacted by hurricane and other natural disasters with generous tax credits that can be the difference of your clients rebounding quickly or not.  These benefits are often misunderstood and misapplied. Learn the basics of the credits, how they are applied, and how you can have a significant impact on your clients during critical times.


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 21: Cannabis Accounting (Credits: 1.0 AA)
4:20pm-5:10pm

Marc Silverman, CPA
Partner / WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Whippany, NJ

Learn about the various accounting and internal control issues facing the cannabis industry.


Breakout 22: How CPAs Can Increase Business and Add Value with Cost Segragation (Credits: 1.0 TB)
4:20pm-5:10pm

Randy Thompson
Director of Business Development / Bedford Cost Segregation
Maitland, FL

Learn about cost segregation and how CPA firms can introduce and utilize this tax strategy to increase client satisfaction, add value tot heir bottom line and get more clients.


Breakout 23: Addressing Data Security Challenges at Small Firms: Stocking Your Toolbox (Credits: 1.0 TB)
4:20pm-5:10pm

Christina Wiseman
Product Manager, Centralized Services and Transitions / Thomson Reuters
Ann Arbor, MI

Cybercriminals are specifically targeting tax and accounting firms at an increasing rate - and it's not just the big firms being targeted.  In May 2015, criminals used information obtained from social media to steal more than 724,000 taxpayers' return data from the IRS's Get Script system.  This is just ONE case.  Cybercriminals are becoming more advanced in their methods (from phishing scams to illegally accessing firm software and filing fraudulent tax forms.)  Learn how to protect yourself!


Breakout 24: The ROI on Becoming a Trusted Financial Advisor (Credits: 1.0 TB)
4:20pm-5:10pm

James M. Luffman, CPA/PFS
Vice-President, CFO / CPS Investment Advisors
Lakeland, FL

As the role of the CPA evolves, it is increasingly beneficial to expand the unique perspectives, tax knowledge and experience you provide that will make you indispensable as a financial planner.  Consumers are looking for a primary point of contact to coordinate their financial needs and goals.  Strong ethics, being regulated by law, and familiarity with tax are some of the most important factors in selecting someone to handle their finances.  Learn how this role is growing and what you need to know to be your clients' most trusted advisor.


Vendor Market Place Reception
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Registration & Breakfast
6:30am - 8:10am
Early Riser Session

Early Riser: The Top 5 Scams of 2019 (Credits: 1.0 AA)
7:00am-7:50am

R. Kevin Cross, CPA, MST, EA
Fraud lecturer, Author, and Counselor / Account 417, LLC
Roswell, GA

What do romance, charities, your grandmother, Netflix and Medicare all in common?  Well, more than you think.  Learn how even the CPAs were duped in these fraud cases.  Learn the hottest moves of the latest fraudsters.  how to resist regret.  and what a savvy CPA can do about it.


General Session

Keynote Presentation: The Wasted Workday - Work Smarter (Credits: 1.0 TB)
8:10am-9:00am

Chuck Bauer
Business Development & Sales Coach / Chuck Bauer Sales & Business Consulting
Addison, TX

There's no argument that technology makes life easier.  Internet shopping has redefined convenience.  Smart phones and wearable tech have made constant connection the new baseline.  Digital natives are entering the workforce.  Push notifications are the new status symbol.  We are available 24/7.  But, just because we CAN be connected and available 24/7, SHOULD we be?  Research suggests that in an eight-hour day, the average worker is only productive for around three hours.  How can we make the time we spend working more effective so we can get more task accomplished, achieve our goals and get more of what we DO want - time away from work!  Join us for this lively discussion and learn how to work smarter!


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 26: Protect Your Business with Good Internal Controls for Operations and Information Technology (Credits: 1.0 AA)
9:10am-10:00am

J. Stephen Nouss, CGMA, CPA
Director of Consulting Services / Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL
AND
Keith E. Johnson, CPA, PA
Principal / Keith E. Johnson, CPA, PA
Jacksonville, FL

Learn best practices for internal controls based on the COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations) Integrated Framework, which is designed to protect assets; add value; and provide for a solid governance structure.


Breakout 27: Understanding the Mind of a Fraudster (Credits: 1.0 AA)
9:10am-10:00am

R. Kevin Cross, CPA, MST, EA
Fraud lecturer, Author, and Counselor / Account 417, LLC
Roswell, GA

What if you could get into the mind of a fraudster?  Understand why and what makes them move from trusted employee to tempted fraudster.  Take a fascinating look into the mind, and gain insights into how to deter and detect fraud in any industry or business.  Learn how to recognize common denominators of those who commit fraud.  See what social, economic and psychological factors impact this behavior, and how to intervene before a crime is committed.


Breakout 28: Federal Tax Research: Mastering the Mechanics to Increase Understanding of the Law (Remembrance of Memoranda Past) (Credits: 1.0 TB)
9:10am-10:00am

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

LeBron James didn't master the game of basketball by reading a book.  So, too, reading how to perform electronic tax research will not make the reader of a monogram on the subject a federal tax researcher, superior. Accordingly, this session will demonstrate by use of a laptop, mouse, internet connection and federal tax software, how to dribble on the basketball court.


Vendor Networking Break
10:00am-10:30am
Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 29: FASB Update - Private Company Focus (Credits: 1.0 AA)
10:30am-11:20am

Michael Cheng, CPA
Audit Partner / Frazier & Deeter, LLC
Atlanta, GA

Get an update on FASB topics relevant to private companies.


Breakout 30: The Art of Leadership (Credits: 1.0 BE)
10:30am-11:20am

Douglas Van Dyke, MBA, CSP
CEO / Leadership Simplified
Bradenton, FL

How do leaders continually raise the bar on excellence?  How do they stay pumped up while consistently inspiring their team?  Learn how leaders impact culture, negotiate effectively, rise to the occasion, lead in absence and possess the power to overcome adversity.  Learn, laugh and grow in the process!

 


Breakout 31: TCJA – What’s Important & What’s Ahead for Tax Year 2019 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:30am-11:20am

Mike D'Avolio, CPA, JD
Tax Law Specialist / Intuit
Mountain View, CA

Learn how to advise your clients on tax law changes and planning opportunities in the areas of Qualified Business Income, alimony, ACA individual mandate, state & local tax refunds, ACA individual mandate, electric car credit and more. 
This is the "go-to" session for all things TCJA.


Breakout 32: The Deadline Dance (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:30am-11:20am

Chuck Bauer
Business Development & Sales Coach / Chuck Bauer Sales & Business Consulting
Addison, TX

How do you react when you hear the word deadline?  Is it in panic that you missed one or relief that you have a set time to plan forward?  Whatever your reaction, deadlines are a useful tool in securing action.  Learn how to use deadlines more effectively with your office staff and clients.  This lively discussion is designed to enhance your work style.


Vendor Networking Lunch
11:20am - 1:00pm
Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 33: Selling Your Business? Buying One? - Financial Due Diligence in M & A (Credits: 1.0 AA)
1:00pm-1:50pm

Christopher Cooper, ABV,ASA
Director Valuation & Advisory / Rivero, Gordimer & Co, PA
Tampa, FL

Gain insight into the preparation for selling a business relative to quality of earnings assessment and getting the skeletons out of the closet.  Learn topics of relevance to the buyer of a business in terms of performing financial due diligence.


Breakout 34: Transformational Leadership for the Future @ Work - Part 1 (Credits: 1.0 BE)
1:00pm-1:50pm

Michele Norris
Founder / Navigen Leadership, LLC
Lutz, FL
Learn the five leadership traits your organizational leaders need to build trust with today's workforce.  Explore the most important indicator of transformational leaders and the number one reason for leadership failure.  This interactive, fun, innovative and eye-opening workshop promises light bulb moments for changing the way you think about how you or those you work with lead in today's tight talent market. 


Breakout 36: Apps, Websites & Software Tools for Small Business Accounting (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:00pm-1:50pm

Alexander J. Cudzewicz, CPA/PFS
President / Oak Brook Asset Management
Scottsdale, AZ

Explore a wide variety of technology tools and resources for a small accounting business.  Learn about practical and time-saving Smartphone/Computer apps, websites, and software tools that you can use in your practice.


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 37: Implementing the New Leases and Revenue Recognition Standards: A Few Things to Consider (Credits: 1.0 AA)
2:00pm-2:50pm

Emma Florea
Principal / Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, LLC
Miami, FL

Learn practical implementation issues and best practices gathered from the experience of public companies through their implementation of the new leases and revenue recognition standards.  This session will be of interest to entities that have not yet completed their implementation, as well as entities that are looking to continue refining their ongoing accounting processes post-implementation with respect to financial reporting under the new accounting standards.


Breakout 38: International Tax Aspects of the TCJA - 1 Year Into Reform. The good, the bad and the less...GILTI? (Part 1) (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:00pm-2:50pm

Andre Benayoun
Marcum LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Select international tax topics instituted by the TCJA (including GILTI and the 965 toll tax) and some of the international tax reform complexities arising from these law changes will be explored. 


Breakout 39: Transformational Leadership for the Future @ Work - Part 2 (Credits: 1.0 BE)
2:00pm-2:50pm

Michele Norris
Founder / Navigen Leadership, LLC
Lutz, FL

This is a continuation of session 34. Learn the five key leadership traits your organizational leaders need to build trust with today's workforce.  Learn the most important indicator of transformational leaders and the number one reason for leadership failure.  This interactive, fun, innovative and eye-opening workshop promises light bulb moments for changing the way you think about how you or those you work with lead in today's tight talent market.


Breakout 40: The Idiosyncrasies of Quickbooks Online Accounting (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:00pm-2:50pm

Mario R. Nowogrodzki, CPA, CITP
Principal / Mendelson Consulting, Inc
Pembroke Pines, FL

The accounting behind some of the features in QBO may surprise an unaware accounting professional. This session identifies those accounting quirks and recommends best practices to ensure the user has control over the debits and credits in the transactions recorded.


Break
2:50pm-3:20pm
Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 41: Overview of FASB's New Standard on Accounting for Credit Losses (Credits: 1.0 AA)
3:20pm-4:10pm

Emma Florea
Principal / Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, LLC
Miami, FL
This session will provide an overview of the new accounting guidance provided by FASB's new standard on credit losses, including the effective date of the new standard, and available adoption approaches. This session will also briefly discuss certain implementation planning considerations.


Breakout 42: International Tax Aspects of the TCJA - 1 Year into Reform. The good, the bad, and the less GILTI? (Part 2) (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:20pm-4:10pm

Andre Benayoun
Marcum LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL

This session is a continuation of BO 38.  Select international tax topics instituted by the TCJA (including GILTI and the 965 toll tax) and some of the international tax reform complexities arising from these law changes will be explored.


Breakout 43: The Evolving Role of the CFO (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:20pm-4:10pm

Raymond Monteleone, CPA
President and Founding Member / Paladin Global Partners
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Explore the many challenges that the 21st century has brought to the role of CFO in relation to CEOs, owners, controllers, etc.


Breakout 44: Introduction to Data Analytics with Power Query (Get and Transform in Excel 2016) - Part 1 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:20pm-4:10pm

Donald Tomoff, MBA, CPA
Director / Invenio Advisors, LLC
Strongsville, OH

In the accounting profession, dealing with data is life.  Doing it efficiently and effectively are skill differentiators.  Power Query, part of Microsoft Power BI suite, is indispensable for extracting, transforming and loading data.  Explore the basics of the Power Query add-in -- extracting, transforming and preparing data for analysis.


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 45: Assurance for Blockchain and Disruptive Technologies (Credits: 1.0 AA)
4:20pm-5:10pm

Roberto E. Valdez, CPA
Senior Accountant / Kaufman, Rossin & Co, PA
Boca Raton, FL

Use of blockchain and disruptive technologies may expose organizations and their auditors to new risks.  Understanding and managing those risks are critical for the objectives of the organization and the auditor.  Learn about established methodologies for assessing, responding to, and monitoring risk associated with some leading cases for blockchain and disruptive technologies as well as tactics for auditors engaged where such risks are present.  You will learn fundamental concepts related to blockchain and disruptive technologies, threats and vulnerabilities and how to address these risks.


Breakout 46: Destination Success! Building a Winning Consulting Practice in a Regional or Local CPA Firm (Credits: 1.0 TB)
4:20pm-5:10pm

Gary Sturisky
President / Sturisky Group LLC
Hallandale, FL

Explore best practices for building a powerhouse consulting practice.  What should you think about?  Learn how to put it all together to move your practice to the next level.


Breakout 48: Introduction to Data Analytics with Power Query (Get and Transform in Excel 2016) Part 2 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
4:20pm-5:10pm

Donald Tomoff, MBA, CPA
Director / Invenio Advisors, LLC
Strongsville, OH

In the accounting profession, dealing with data is life.  Doing it efficiently and effectively are skill differentiators.  Power Query, part of Microsoft Power BI suite, is indispensible for extracting, transforming and loading data.  Explore the basics of the Power Query add-in -- extracting, transforming and preparing data for analysis.


Friday, September 27, 2019
Registration & Breakfast
6:30am - 8:00am
Early Riser Session

Early Riser: Apps, Websites & Software Tools for Small Businesses (Credits: 1.0 TB)
7:00am-7:50am

Alexander J. Cudzewicz, CPA/PFS
President / Oak Brook Asset Management
Scottsdale, AZ

Review the latest technology tools and resources for a small accounting business.  Learn about practical and time-saving smartphone/computer apps, websites, and software tools that you can use in your practice.


Ethics Session

Breakout 49: Ethics - Protecting the Integrity of Florida CPAs (4980) (Credits: 4.0 ET)
8:00am-12:00pm

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


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one ONLY if not taking Ethics)

Breakout 50: Top 10 Things All CPAs Need to Know to Solve IRS Problems and Avoid Malpractice (Credits: 1.0 TB)
8:00am-8:50am

Larry Heinkel, JD, LLM (TAX)
Director Federal Tax Practice / Heinkel Tax Law Group, LLC
Hollywood, FL

This session will cover a variety of issues, statutes and best practices for CPAs who dabble in representation, want to strengthen their skills and avoid malpractice.


Breakout 51: SSARS Practice Issues and Update (Credits: 1.0 AA)
8:00am-8:50am

Eugene Ristaino, CPA/ABV/CFF, MST
Owner / Ristaino & Company
Winter Springs, FL

Learn the various practice issues when implementing the SSARS Standards.  Primary areas will include Compilation vs. Preparation engagements - differences, requirement and best practices.  Updates to the standards will also be reviewed.


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one ONLY if not taking Ethics)

Breakout 52: Implementing Risk Assessment When Auditing Private Companies (Credits: 1.0 AA)
9:00am-9:50am

Eugene Ristaino, CPA/ABV/CFF, MST
Owner / Ristaino & Company
Winter Springs, FL

Explore the challenges in implementing the AICPA Risk Assessment Standards when auditing private companies.  Efficient approaches will be outlined, especially where weak internal controls exist.


Breakout 53: Pre-Immigration Tax & Legal Planning for Wealthy Foreigners (Credits: 1.0 TB)
9:00am-9:50am

Eduardo R. Arista, CPA, Esq., JD
Managing Attorney / Arista Law
Miami, FL

Whether your clients are currently migrating, or eventually transferring, wealth to a United States tax resident, advance legal planning can help them avoid legal risks and pay the least amount of tax required by law.  Learn what you need to know to make this happen.


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one ONLY if not taking Ethics)

Breakout 54: Current Options for Resolving International Tax Non-Compliance (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:10am-11:00am

Eduardo R. Arista, CPA, Esq., JD
Managing Attorney / Arista Law
Miami, FL

The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program closed in 2018, but several paths remain for U.S. taxpayers who want to come clean with the IRS.  Learn how to assist your clients with this important matter.


Breakout 55: Annual PCAOB Update and Recent SEC and PCAOB Fraud and Enforcement Actions Against Accountants and Auditors (Credits: 1.0 AA)
10:10am-11:00am

Roy M. Hartman, Esq.
Partner / Sacher, Zelman, Hartman, P.A.
Miami, FL

The SEC announced "Operation Broken Gate" in late September 2013 to identify auditors who fail to carry out their duties/responsibilities consistent with professional standards, and, thus, put investors at risk due to the possibility of undetected fraud or other financial misstatements.  Learn about recent government enforcement actions against auditors/accountants, as well as new trends and developments in such enforcement actions.  Also explore recent developments at the PCAOB, and any new rules, standards, proposals and alerts issued.


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one ONLY if not taking Ethics)

Breakout 56: Alt Ctrl Delete: Planning with Digital Assets (Credits: 1.0 TB)
11:10am-12:00pm

Mark R. Parthemer, Esq., AEP
Managing Dir/Senior Fiduciary Counsel / Bessemer Trust
Palm Beach, FL

"In theory, there is no difference between in theory and in practice.  In practice, there is."  Yogi Berra had it right as it relates to planning with digital assets.  Learn how to advise your clients, whether addressing treasured family photos on Instagram or a private key to a cyptocurrency account.  We'll explain the relevant Federal and Florida laws on fiduciary access, best practices on planning, and a summary of the new Floirda law on electronic wills and remote notarization, poised to become effective in 2020.


Breakout 57: How An Effective Client Acceptance Process Can Help Avoid Potential Malpractice Claims (Credits: 1.0 AA)
11:10am-12:00pm

Roy M. Hartman, Esq.
Partner / Sacher, Zelman, Hartman, P.A.
Miami, FL
This presentation will discuss proper and needed client acceptance procedures before a CPA agrees to take on a new client engagement.  Problematic types of new clients will be discussed.  Also, how to properly decline a new prospective engagement as well as to terminate existing client relationships will be discussed to provide the CPA with extremely valuable protections.


Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Breakout 58: Why It is Important to Have Client Engagement Letters for ALL Client Engagements, Even for Tax Engagements (Credits: 1.0 AA)
12:10pm-1:00pm

Roy M. Hartman, Esq.
Partner / Sacher, Zelman, Hartman, P.A.
Miami, FL

Learn why engagement letters are a necessity for all CPAs and accountants, and how they provide extremely valuable protections.  Discover how to properly draft engagement letters and the needed provisions for same.  Even if a client doesn't sign the engagement letter, you'll find out how you can still be potentially protected.


Breakout 59: Trust Fund Recovery Penalties: Minimizing Liability and Avoiding Malpractice (Credits: 1.0 TB)
12:10pm-1:00pm

Larry Heinkel, JD, LLM (TAX)
Director Federal Tax Practice / Heinkel Tax Law Group, LLC
Hollywood, FL

The typical CPA doesn't frequently encounter clients whose businesses fall behind on payroll taxes.  Properly representing such a taxpayer can be tricky, and, if not performed properly, a malpractice claim may arise for failing to minimize personal exposure.  Learn best practices for dealing with such a situation.



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