Browse

By Industry


By Date


By Document Type


By Topic


Member Only Content

Become a Federal Key Person 


Introduction


The AICPA established the Federal Key Person Program to maintain regular and continuing personal contact with each Member of Congress. The program accomplishes this through the development and maintenance of a cadre of politically sophisticated and knowledgeable members across the country with the ability to influence Members of Congress, in minimal time, when action is needed on a legislative issue affecting the profession.

The AICPA Federal Key Person Program is a vitally important supplement to the efforts of the AICPA professional staff in Washington, D.C. because it:

  • Reinforces for the Members of Congress that the views expressed by AICPA legislative staff are representative of the views of the Representative's constituents in the district;
  • Heightens the Representative's accountability to his or her constituents and provides a double avenue to influence public policy decisions; and
  • Localizes in the Members of Congress' mind, the political impact of federal legislation.
Key persons should be well versed in all legislative and political issues affecting the profession. In a sense, each key person is a lobbyist who must be able to communicate the AICPA’s positions to Members of Congress clearly and understandably.

The AICPA keeps key persons up-to-date through the Advocacy Center. When issues arise where timely contact and feedback are needed, Federal Legislative Action Alerts are sent to key persons (generally via email).

Program Structure

The Key Person Program is a cooperative effort of the AICPA and the state CPA societies. Effective operation of the Key Person Program in each state is dependent upon the cooperation and support of the state society chief staff executive who is sometimes assisted by a Federal Key Person Coordinator. All reports of legislative activity and contacts with Members of Congress should be transmitted to them and to the AICPA Washington office as soon as possible after meetings or outreach.

Key Person Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Key Person include:

  1. Maintaining personal contact with their assigned Member of Congress and key person coordinator.
  2. Staying current on legislative issues affecting the profession by reading regular publications from the AICPA.
  3. Taking immediate action to contact their Member of Congress when the AICPA issues a "Legislative Action Alert" concerning a particular legislative issue.
  4. Promptly summarizing and reporting to their state society contact and the AICPA the nature and results of each contact, including potential legislative opportunities and problems.
  5. Attending political fund-raising events for the AICPA Political Action Committee (AICPA PAC) when requested.
Key Person Coordinator/State Society CEO or legislative staff Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Key Person Coordinator/State Society CEO or legislative staff include:

  1. Seeing that contacts with Members of Congress are made in a timely (and often time-sensitive) manner.
  2. Answering questions, providing information and counseling key persons.
  3. Summarizing key person reports and promptly reporting to the state society Chief Staff Executive and the AICPA Washington office on actual and potential situations, with their associated opportunities and problems.
  4. Recruiting key persons and their replacements. When recruiting key persons, the geographic and demographic characteristics of the state should be kept in mind. The recruitment effort should be directed toward having key persons in all legislative districts.
  5. Attending political fund-raising events for the AICPA Political Action Committee (AICPA PAC) when requested.
  6. Helping distribute AICPA correspondence (that is, Federal Legislative Action Alerts) to appropriate key persons.
The Key Person Program is the establishment of effective communication links between CPAs and elected representatives through personal rapport.

Become a Key Person


If you know a federally elected official or their staff (or if you are willing to develop a relationship) and would like to be a part of this program, please e-mail CongAffairs@aicpa.org or write or call:

AICPA Key Person Program
Attn: Congressional & Political Affairs Team
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20004-1081
Phone: 202.737.6600
Fax: 202.638.4512

Open Hide documents in this section

Page  1 2 3 4 5 >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 of 1543
Order by:


Comments on Form 990 Instructions March 2006

Comment Letter AICPA comments on March 31, 2006, on specific changes to the Instructions to Line 75c of the 2005 Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. They believe the instructions should be clarified to indicate situations in which the reporting rules do not apply.
Published on April 29, 2016

July 2004 Charitable Governance Letter

Comment Letter AICPA submits comments on the Senate Finance Committee discussion draft relating to charitable governance, for the charitable governance roundtable in July 2004, stating they can't commend changes that will impose financial burdens on all exempt organization as a result of the acts of a few. They discuss the consequences.  We commend
Published on April 29, 2016

Comments on Certification of UBTI for Certain Organizations February 7, 2006

Comment Letter AICPA provides comments, February 7, 2006, on provisions, fundamental concerns, and clarification issues contained within HR 4297 (formerly S. 2020), Tax Relief Act of 2005, section 206(c) regarding certification of unrelated business tax income for certain organizations and our concerns about the vague and unprecedented nature of the proposed provisions.
Published on April 29, 2016

Comments Regarding Additional Requirements on Tax Exempt Hospitals

Comment Letter The AICPA submitted comments on Notice 2010-39 regarding additional requirements for certain hospitals under IRC section 501(r).  In our comments, we addressed the following issues:  (1) the definition of a hospital; (2) the applicability of this definition to hospitals with more than one facility; (3) community health needs assessments (CHNA);
Published on April 29, 2016

Comments on 2009 Form 990

Comment Letter The AICPA's Exempt Organizations Tax Technical Resource Panel submitted the following comments relating to the 2009 Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax.
Published on April 29, 2016

August 3, 2011 Comments on Form 990

Comment Letter The AICPA Exempt Organizations Tax Technical Resource Panel submitted comments on Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, and instructions to Lois Lerner, Director, Exempt Organizations at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  (August 3, 2011)
Published on April 29, 2016

Announcement 2010-30

Guidance Announcement 2010-30, Draft Schedule and Instructions for Uncertain Tax Positions Proposal.
Published on April 29, 2016

AICPA Submits Comments on Form 990 and Instructions

Comment Letter The AICPA submitted comments on 08.16.2012 on Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, and Instructions.
Published on April 29, 2016

AICPA schedule H De Minimis JV Comment Letter 2-26-14

Comment Letter This comment letter was developed by the AICPA Exempt Organizations Taxation Technical Resource Panel and it proposes recommendations for de minimis options in the reporting of JVs on Form 990, Schedule H, Part I, Line 7 – calculation of joint ventures for hospitals.
Published on April 29, 2016

Trust, Estate and Gift Tax Advocacy

Overview Covered here is information related to trust, estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax developments, including legislative and regulatory activity and AICPA comments suggesting improvements to the trust, estate, gift, and GST tax rules.
Published on April 28, 2016

Foreign Trust Documents

Article AICPA continues to identify, monitor, and address various foreign trust reporting issues, including Forms 3520 and 3520A compliance.
Published on April 28, 2016

Providing Services to Businesses in the Marijuana Industry

Sample Policy A sample of state board positions on licensees providing services to businesses in the marijuana industry, including examples from Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
Published on April 28, 2016

PPWO Letter of Support S. 2707 4.18.16

Legislative Letters Coalition letter sent in support of Senate bill S. 2707 blocking the proposed Department of Labor Overtime Rule.
Published on April 27, 2016

PPWO Letter of Support H.R. 4773 4-18-16

Legislative Letters Coalition letter sent in support of the House Bill H.R. 4773 blocking the proposed Department of Labor Overtime Rule.
Published on April 27, 2016

PPWO Letter to the Hill re Overtime Rule 12-7-15

Legislative Letters Coalition letter opposing the Department of Labor Overtime Rule.
Published on April 27, 2016

Page  1 2 3 4 5 >> 
Showing results 1 – 15 of 1543
Show Results per page
Copyright © 2006-2016 American Institute of CPAs.