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    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

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    AICPA Comment Letter on Corporate Estimated Taxes

    Comment Letter The AICPA recommended that the IRS issue additional guidance to provide clarity surrounding the rules in the final regulations under section 6655.  We requested that the IRS further clarify the treatment of certain items in determining the taxable income for quarterly estimated taxes.
    Published on October 30, 2014

    2014 Tax Advocacy Comment Letters

    Comment Letters Recent comment letters submitted by the tax section.
    Published on October 29, 2014

    Federal Legislative and Regulatory Issues

    Federal Law This page highlights the advocacy issues in which the Congressional & Political Affairs Team is advocating on behalf of the profession, and also those issues that the team has recently followed.
    Published on October 28, 2014

    Florida State Resources and Contact Information

    Link Florida state resources in the areas of accountancy, government, study, and taxes.
    Published on October 27, 2014

    State Regulatory and Legislative Affairs

    Overview The AICPA State Regulation and Legislation Team advocates for the accounting profession at the state level by partnering with the state CPA societies. The team monitors trends on key state legislative and regulatory issues at the national level and serves as an information clearinghouse and resource provider, offering information related
    Published on October 27, 2014

    Congressional and Political Affairs Advocacy

    Overview The AICPA monitors and advocates on legislative and other matters that affect the accounting profession. Working with state CPA societies and other professional organizations, the AICPA provides information to and educates federal, state and local policymakers regarding key issues.
    Published on October 22, 2014

    AICPA, VISCPA, GSCPA Comments to Congress on Applicability of NIIT to Residents of the U.S. Territories

    Comment Letter This is the 8/7/14 letter from the AICPA, Virgin Islands Society of CPAs, and Guam Society of CPAs to Congress requesting clarification on the applicability of the net investment income tax (NIIT) to bona fide residents of the U.S. Territories.
    Published on October 22, 2014

    The CPA Advocate - Archived Articles 2014

    Newsletter Find 2014 archived articles from the AICPA's advocacy newsletter, The CPA Advocate.
    Published on October 21, 2014

    The CPA Advocate Newsletter

    Overview The AICPA's advocacy e-newsletter, The CPA Advocate, is dedicated to keeping you informed about the AICPA's advocacy efforts on your behalf. Watch for it in your inbox.
    Published on October 21, 2014

    AICPA Asks for Options to Make E-Signatures Safer for Taxpayers

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: October, 2014.  Under updated IRS rules for certain electronic signatures on tax returns, either the tax preparer or software vendor must verify the taxpayer’s information with a vendor.  The AICPA has some concerns.
    Published on October 21, 2014

    AICPA to IRS Change Tangible Property Regulations to Relieve Burden on Small Businesses

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: October, 2014.  The de minimis safe harbor threshold for taxpayers should be increased from $500 to $2,500 before year’s end in order to relieve the administrative burden, the AICPA wrote in its letter.
    Published on October 21, 2014

    AICPA Expresses Concern about GASB Proposed Standards for Post-Employment Benefits

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: October, 2014.  The AICPA flagged problems in three GASB exposure drafts issued by the Board as part of  its reexamination of financial accounting and reporting for pensions and other post-employment benefits.
    Published on October 21, 2014

    Close Senate Midterm Elections Cloud Outlook for Lame Duck Session

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: October, 2014.  Tax extenders legislation is one of the issues Congress has on its schedule during the lame duck session that begins in November.
    Published on October 21, 2014

    TIC Shares Private Company Perspective on Pushdown Accounting with FASB

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: October, 2014.  An authoritative pushdown accounting standard is being drafted, following an October 8 vote by FASB to approve a final standard to apply pushdown accounting when a change-in-control event has occurred.
    Published on October 21, 2014

    State CPA Policymakers Meet in Chicago to Discuss New Model Attest Definition, CPA Firm Mobility

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: October, 2014.  Representatives from the AICPA, state CPA societies, state boards of accountancy, and NASBA discussed updated UAA language last month in Chicago at a workshop sponsored by the AICPA.
    Published on October 21, 2014

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