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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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2017 Tax Advocacy Comment Letters

Comment Letters AICPA submitted comments to Treasury and IRS.
Published on February 23, 2017

AICPA Comments on Exempt Organization Unrelated Business Income Expense Allocation Methodologies for Dual Use Facilities

Comment Letter The AICPA has submitted comments to the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (TE/GE) regarding how a tax-exempt organization should allocate expenses attributable to facilities and/or personnel which are used for both tax-exempt activities and unrelated trade or business activities. Our comments include guidelines for allocation of indirect expenses for dual
Published on February 23, 2017

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 February 23, 2017

The CPA Advocate - Archived Articles 2017

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 February 23, 2017

AICPA Comment Letter on Recommendations for S Corp Shareholder Basis Schedule

Comment Letter The AICPA submitted a comment letter to the Treasury and IRS to recommend that the IRS develops a required form for shareholders to attach to any income tax return which includes items of income, loss, deduction, or credit of an S corporation.  This form would compute a shareholder’s basis in the stock and debt
Published on February 23, 2017

AICPA Helping to Fight Against Taxes on Accounting Services

Article The CPA Advocate: February, 2017.  At least eight states have filed legislation this year that would tax professional services, including those services provided by CPA firms.  The AICPA is working with state CPA societies to fight these types of proposals.
Published on February 23, 2017

Regulations Needed to Clarify Operation of Expanded Research Credit for Small Business Start Ups under PATH Act, AICPA T...

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: February, 2017.  The expanded research benefits are important to offset certain payroll tax liabilities and the alternative minimum tax liability of eligible small businesses.
Published on February 23, 2017

Illinois CPA Society Members Discuss Tax Reform with Rep. Roskam

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: February, 2017.  Congressman Roskam provided the CPA gathering with a briefing on the political state of play on tax reform and then solicited suggestions from panelists on reform areas at a tax roundtable discussion on February 9 in West Chicago, Ill.
Published on February 23, 2017

AICPA Highlights Tax Provisions that Stifle Entrepreneurship in Testimony at House Small Business Committee Hearing

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: February, 2017.  Troy Lewis focused on several tax issues being considered as part of the tax reform debate that directly impact small businesses and their owners.
Published on February 23, 2017

AICPA Sends IRS Recommendations to Simplify Interest Capitalization Regulations and Reduce Administrative Burden

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: January, 2017.  The AICPA recommended that the Department of the Treasury and the IRS modify Rev. Proc. 2016-29 (or its successor) to include all accounting method changes necessary for a taxpayer to comply with section 263A(f) and that accounting method changes made by a taxpayer to comply
Published on February 23, 2017

AICPA to Treasury and IRS Withdraw Proposed Estate Tax Regulations

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: February, 2017.  The proposed regulations regarding the valuation of interests in corporations and partnerships for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes are “overly broad,” the AICPA said in its letter.
Published on February 23, 2017

Barry Melancon Meets with CPAs in Congress

Newsletter The CPA Advocate, February, 2017.  AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon met with four members of the CPA and Accountants Caucus on Capitol Hill to discuss several of the profession’s issues.
Published on February 23, 2017

AICPA Hosts Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss How to Improve IRS Taxpayer Service

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: February, 2017.  The day-long meeting was convened as a continuation of the AICPA’s effort to spur policymakers to transform the IRS “into a modern functioning, evolutionary, and respected federal agency for the 21st Century,” as called for in the resolution passed by the AICPA Council in May
Published on February 23, 2017

AICPA Groups Comment on GASBs Exposure Drafts

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: February, 2017.  The AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel and Private Companies Practice Section Technical Issues Committee have provided comment letters on three GASB Exposure Drafts.
Published on February 23, 2017

AICPA Written Testimony on Taxation of Entrepreneurship for February 15, 2017 Hearing of the House Committee on Small Bu...

Comment Letter The AICPA testified on recommendation for small business tax reform at the U.S. House Committee on Small Business hearing on “Startups Stalling? The Tax Code as a Barrier to Entrepreneurship.”
Published on February 14, 2017

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