Florida Gulf Coast University Accounting & Tax Conference (FGCU)

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Registration & Continental Breakfast
Introduction & Opening Remarks
Florida Gulf Coast University Welcome
General Sessions

Internal Controls and Fraud Detection (Credits: 1.0 AA)

Christopher J. Kessler, CPA
Principal / CliftonLarsonAllen
Ft Myers, FL

This session will focus on ways to identify and address potential circumventions of internal control.  Participants will also discuss real life examples of fraud and how a proper control environment could have prevented the fraud schemes.

Blockchain Applications in Business and Impact on Accounting (Credits: 1.0 TB)

Caroline J. Bauer

We will review the evolution of Blockchain and the applications in the marketplace and what Crypto-currencies are and their current applications. We will discuss the creation of digital assets and current uses: Initial Coin Offering, Crowd Funding, etc. and the creation and application of Smart Contracts.

General Sessions

Succession Planning for the CPA and Family-Owned Businesses (Credits: 1.0 TB)

James M. Harris III, CFP®, CIMA®
Senior Vice President / Wells Fargo Advisors
Albany, GA

Family-owned businesses face unique and daunting challenges as the older generation passes the batons of leadership and ownership to a new generation. Whether you are an individual CPA or the leading partner of a firm, succession planning is a challenging endeavor that only comes to fruition through long term goals and planning. The following key points will be highlighted; how to get started, valuing the business, defining roles and responsibilities, and identifying a successor.

FASB Update (Credits: 1.0 AA)

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

Learn about the recent standards issued by the FASB that are likely to affect private companies.

Lunch Presentation (presentation begins at 12:10pm)

Current Tax Update and Beyond (Credits: 1.0 TB)

Raymond L. Placid, CPA, JD
Professor / Florida Gulf Coast University College of Business
Ft Myers, FL

Update to tax law changes in individual and business environment along with highlights of judicial cases that impact the practice of tax law.

General Sessions

Florida Legislative Update (Credits: 1.0 TB)

Jennifer J. Green, CAE, DPL
President & Owner / Liberty Partners of Tallahassee, LLC
Tallahassee, FL

This presentation will include a comprehensive update on the 2019 Legislative Session including CPA licensure changes, the state budget, tax issues, regulatory issues, local government issues and many other key issues affecting CPAs, their clients and their employers. The update will also include a sneak peek at potential legislative issues on the horizon for the 2020 Legislative Session.

Creative Planning with Section 199A (Credits: 1.0 TB)

Alan S. Gassman, J.D., LL.M.
Attorney / Gassman, Crotty & Denicolo, P.A.
Clearwater, FL

This presentation will cover the primary rules and primary planning opportunities and traps for the unwary with respect to section 199A, explaining how it applies to professionals, real estate businesses, and other situations.

General Sessions

Current Trends in Financial Crimes - With a Focus on E-mail Compromise (Credits: 1.0 AA)

Keith Givens, CPA
Supervisory Special Agent / FBI
Maitland, FL
This presentation will discuss current fraud trends/investigations, including an in depth review of Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) fraud, which is a new cyber-related fraud that is increasingly becoming a more common and significant threat. The presentation will also discuss ways to prevent BEC and what to do if you or your clients are a victim of the fraud.

U.S. Taxation of Trusts - Domestic and International (Credits: 1.0 TB)

Gary Forster, JD, LLM (Tax)
Managing Partner / Forster Boughman
Maitland, FL
Joseph B. Page, JD, LLM (Tax)
Attorney / Forster Boughman
Maitland, FL

In this seminar, Gary and Brian explain the U.S. tax impact of creating, funding and operating both U.S. and foreign trusts. Issues addressed are relevant to citizens, resident non-citizens and non-resident aliens.  Topics discussed include the tax impact of a change in status of the grantor, trustee and beneficiaries.  Planning strategies presented include gift and estate tax avoidance, pre-immigration and pre-expatriation planning, as well as avoidance of the deemed sale of trust assets.

Friday, October 25, 2019
Registration & Continental Breakfast
General Session

Fiduciary Accounting - Trust & Estate (Credits: 1.0 AA)

Jeremiah W. Doyle IV, Esq
Senior Vice President and Wealth Strategist / BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Boston, MA
Who Gets What – How Trust Accounting Income Affects Distributions from Estates and Trusts – discusses how trust accounting income is calculated based on the Uniform Principal and Income Act and how this affects the calculation of an estate or trust’s distributable net income and the amount that will be taxed to the trust and the beneficiaries.

Choice of Entity - Is the Entity Set Up Correctly? (Credits: 1.0 TB)

Andrew R. Comiter, Esq.
Attorney / Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
When forming a new business, the first step is deciding what type of entity is ideal for the business.  This presentation discusses the benefits and risks associated with structuring your business as a C or S Corporation, partnership, or LLC.

General Session

Florida Sales & Use Tax & National Sales Tax Issues After Wayfair Case (Credits: 2.0 TB)

Karen A. Lake, CPA
Associate Director / Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL
James H. Sutton Jr, CPA, Esq., LLM
Shareholder / Moffa, Sutton & Donnini, PA
Tampa, FL
The presentation will cover some of the most important Florida sales and use tax topics faced by your clients as well as the economic
nexus and marketplace facilitator statutes that have been enacted across the country after the US Supreme Court decision in SD v
Wayfair. Your clients are facing sales tax collection responsibility in more states than ever and they are counting on you to keep them out of trouble. Must not miss presentation.

Lunch Presentation (presentation begins at 12:10pm)

An Industry Look at Affordable Housing Tax Credits - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (Credits: 1.0 TB)

Shawn M. Williams, CPA
Authorized Member / Shawn M. Williams, CPA, LLC
Bonita Springs, FL
Michael Allan
Executive Vice President / Catalyst Asset Management
Tampa, FL
Scott DiGregorio
Mortgage Banker/Branch Manager / Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc
Fort Myers, FL
Paul R. Cohen
Realtor & Financial Services Consultant / John R. Wood Properties & Mazars USA
Fort Myers, FL

Our panel will discuss the realities of navigating the the rules of "Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds." Hear directly from realtors, lenders, developers and housing professionals, personal and client experiences and  effects of doing business as qualified opportunity zone businesses.

General Session

Fraud and Forensic Accounting (Credits: 1.0 AA)

Keith M. Wheeler
Senior Auditor / Stroemer & Company, LLC
Ft Myers, FL
Samuel D. Bordner
Stroemer & Company, LLC
Ft Myers, FL

This presentation will focus on the following: Fraud Triangle and Sober Statistics; Fraud Cases - Recently in Media; Fraud Schemes; Red Flags, Detection and Anti Fraud Controls; Forensic Accounting; Resources.

Construction Accounting War Stories - Sales Tax (Credits: 1.0 AA)

Joseph C. Moffa, Esq.
Shareholder / Moffa, Sutton & Donnini, P.A.
Ft Lauderdale, FL

A discussion of accounting issues that come up during sales tax audits for the construction industry.