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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 Letter to Congress on 9100 Relief

    Comment Letter This AICPA letter suggests Congress include in the tax reform legislation important technical changes to permit administrative relief for certain late or defective elections upon a showing of good cause by a taxpayer.
    Published on January 23, 2015

    AICPA Letter to Congress on 9100 Relief

    Comment Letter This AICPA letter suggests Congress include in the tax reform legislation important technical changes to permit administrative relief for certain late or defective elections upon a showing of good cause by a taxpayer.
    Published on January 23, 2015

    2015 Tax Advocacy Comment Letters

    Comment Letters Recent comment letters submitted by the tax section.
    Published on January 23, 2015

    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 January 22, 2015

    An Issue Brief on State Marijuana Laws and the CPA Profession

    White Paper An Issue Brief on State Marijuana Laws and the CPA Profession. Updated January 2015 to reflect results of November 2014 elections and the federal budget.
    Published on January 21, 2015

    NCSL Article Patent Trolls Hefty Tolls

    Article An article from the National Conference on State Legislatures describes how lawmakers are targeting shell companies that threaten small businesses with bogus claims of patent violations.
    Published on January 15, 2015

    Taxes on Services PowerPoint Presentation

    Tools A brief PowerPoint presentation discussing how CPAs can influence the taxes on services debate.
    Published on January 14, 2015

    Tax on Services - Talking Points by Topic

    Testimony A review of the key talking points regarding taxes on professional services, organized by topic.
    Published on January 14, 2015

    Sample Written Testimony Regarding Tax on Services

    Testimony An example of written testimony societies and CPAs can use in opposing taxes on professional services.
    Published on January 14, 2015

    Sample Oral Testimony Opposing Taxes on Professional Services

    Tools A sample oral testimony opposing taxes on professional services.
    Published on January 14, 2015

    Argument Against Supporting TOS by Reducing Income Tax

    Issue Brief A paper outlining the arguments against supporting taxes on professional services by reducing the income tax.
    Published on January 14, 2015

    Taxes on Services - Thought Leadership

    Issue Brief A review of issues related to taxing professional services, including a background overview, state action in 2014, and talking points.
    Published on January 14, 2015

    State Tax Resources

    Article This page provides information and resources on state-level issues affecting tax professionals.
    Published on January 13, 2015

    AICPA Comments on 2014 Camp Draft General Comments

    Comment Letter This is the AICPA’s comment letter in response to the Tax Reform Act of 2014, a tax reform legislative act.
    Published on January 12, 2015

    2010 Compendium of Legislative Proposals - Simplification and Technical Proposals

    White Paper This is the 2010 Compendium of Legislative Proposals - Simplication and Technical
    Published on January 09, 2015

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