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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 Comments on HR 4019

Testimony AICPA submits a written statement for the hearing record on H.R. 4019 relating to the State Taxation of Non-Resident Retirement Income. They provide a clarification of prior law, administrative burden, tax policy perspective, and further details.
Published on May 27, 2016

AICPA Comments on Automatic 6 Month Extension for Form 990 Series 5-21-2012

Comment Letter The AICPA submitted a proposal for one automatic six-month extension for all required exempt organization returns (May 21, 2010).
Published on May 27, 2016

May 21, 2008 Comment Letter regarding Draft 2008 Form 990 Instructions

Comment Letter AICPA provides the IRS on May 21, 2008 with comments developed by the Form 990 Instructions Task Force and approved by the Exempt Organizations Technical Resource Panel in order to improve the overall quality and implementation of the form and instructions for 2008.
Published on May 27, 2016

AICPA Comment on Instructions to Form 990 5-11-2010

Comment Letter The AICPA Exempt Organizations Taxation Technical Resource Panel submitted comments on Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, and its Instructions on May 11, 2010.
Published on May 27, 2016

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 May 25, 2016

The CPA Advocate - Archived Articles 2016

Newsletter The CPA Advocate, is dedicated to keeping you informed about the AICPA's advocacy efforts on the behalf of the CPA profession.
Published on May 25, 2016

CPA Profession Promotes Federal Fiscal Responsibility in Latest Whats at Stake Video

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: May, 2016.  In the video, the AICPA encourages CPAs to use the federal government’s financial statements as a tool to illustrate to elected officials and candidates the danger budget deficits pose to our nation’s economic future.
Published on May 26, 2016

AICPA Recommends Form 990, Schedule L Changes to IRS

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: May, 2016.  The AICPA asked the IRS for additional guidance on “reasonable efforts” that must be taken to satisfy the Schedule L requirements that are related to identifying and obtaining information on reportable transactions from “interested persons” and for a revised definition of “interested persons” for purposes
Published on May 26, 2016

AICPA Urges Senators to Maintain Availability of Cash Method for Accounting Firms and Others

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: May, 2016.  In a letter for the record of the Committee’s hearing on “Navigating Business Tax Reform,” AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, encouraged senators to preserve the cash method of accounting for pass-through entities and personal service corporations, such as accounting firms.
Published on May 26, 2016

AICPA Offers IRS Recommendations on Agencys 2016-2017 Guidance Priority List

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: May, 2016.  More than 160 recommendations are included in the Institute’s letter covering a wide range of individual, business and exempt organization tax issues.
Published on May 26, 2016

AICPA Proposes Reduced User Fee for S Corporation Private Letter Ruling Requests

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: May, 2016.  A separate user fee category for private letter ruling requests for S corporations should be established that more accurately reflects the time spent by IRS personnel on these rulings and can be justified notwithstanding the IRS’s recently announced “full cost” policy, the AICPA letter stated.
Published on May 26, 2016

Timely and Meaningful Access to the IRS Is Most Important to Taxpayers and Tax Practitioners, AICPA Tells National Taxpa...

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: May, 2016.  The AICPA testimony made foundational recommendations to the National Taxpayer Advocate that the AICPA believes will help the IRS achieve its goal of operating as a modern organization in order to efficiently collect taxes from taxpayers while providing quality customer service.
Published on May 26, 2016

AICPA Reacts to Department of Labor Overtime Rule, Encourages Action in Congress

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: May, 2016:  The Department of Labor released its final rule on overtime on May 18 over the stringent objections of the accounting profession and many others in the business community.  These changes will impact firms, firm employees and companies across the United States.
Published on May 26, 2016

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 May 24, 2016

Department of Labor Overtime Rule

Article On May 18th, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule related to overtime pay. Under the new rule, the standard salary threshold will double from $455 per week to $913 per week. This amounts to a change in an annual salary from $23,660 to an annual salary
Published on May 24, 2016

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