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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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Firm Mobility, Attest among Top Profession Trends in State Legislatures

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: March, 2017.  The comprehensive definition of attest, firm mobility taxation on professional services, and proposals related to human resources are key issues affecting the CPA profession that are arising in state legislatures in 2017.
Published on March 27, 2017

AICPA Recommends IRS Develop a New Income Tax Form to Improve S Corporation Shareholder Compliance

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: March, 2017.  The new form proposed by the AICPA would be a required attachment to any income tax return and would include items of income, loss, deduction or credit of an S corporation.
Published on March 27, 2017

House Judiciary Committee Approves Mobile Workforce Bill Identical Measure Introduced in U.S. Senate

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: March, 2017.  The Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017, H.R. 1393, was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on March 22 and sent to the full U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.  An identical bill, S. 540, was introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Published on March 27, 2017

FASB Improves Master Trust Disclosures in Employee Benefit Plans

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: March, 2017.  The ASU was the result of work by the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Expert Panel and the EBPAQC to alert FASB to the need for simplified employee benefit plan reporting.
Published on March 27, 2017

AICPA Proposes Guidelines to IRS for How to Allocate Dual Use Expenses of Exempt Organizations

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: March, 2017.  The Institute’s letter lists seven guidelines for the allocation of indirect expenses and provides examples to illustrate how the guidelines would be applied.
Published on March 27, 2017

In Profile Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio)

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: March, 2017.  Congressman Renacci was elected to Congress in 2010 after a career as a CPA and entrepreneur that spanned more than 30 years.  He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee.
Published on March 27, 2017

AICPA Urges Senate to Promptly Approve Pending Income Tax Treaties and Protocols

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: March, 2017.  Income tax treaties promote efficient tax administration and reduce barriers to trade that can help the U.S. job market flourish by paving the way for economic growth, the AICPA wrote.
Published on March 27, 2017

AICPAs Taxation VP Explains Institutes Approach to Tax Reform

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: March, 2017.  When it comes to advocacy related to tax reform, the AICPA is guided by two approaches: what’s in the public interest and what’s best for our members, according to Vice President for Taxation Edward S. Karl, CPA, CGMA.
Published on March 27, 2017

Tax Advocacy

Home AICPA Tax Advocacy teams continually monitor and advocate on legislative, regulatory and administrative tax matters on behalf of our members.
Published on March 23, 2017

State CPA Resources and Contact Information

Directory This page contains links to contact info for the 55 states and territories including state society and state board contact information.
Published on March 23, 2017

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 March 23, 2017

Legal

Overview The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for all legal matters involving the AICPA. The OGC provides legal advice to AICPA committees, service and staff task forces as appropriate, interpret and write legislation, interface and provide support fo
Published on March 23, 2017

Financial Reporting Advocacy

Article The AICPA monitors and advocates on financial reporting matters affecting the accounting profession. The Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC), Auditing Standards Board (ASB), and A
Published on March 23, 2017

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 March 23, 2017

AICPA Advocacy

Home On behalf of its members, 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 March 23, 2017

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