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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 June 21, 2017

Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017

Testimony The AICPA submitted a letter on mobile workforce to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives, simplifying compliances to ease regulatory burden on employees calculating state tax withholdings.
Published on June 21, 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 June 19, 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 June 19, 2017

Corporate Tax Cut Must Include Small Businesses, AICPA Says in Senate Testimony

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: June, 2017.  Annette Nellen, CPA, CGMA, Esq., chair of the American Institute of CPAs’ Tax Executive Committee, testified about the effect of various tax reform proposals on America’s small business owner-operators.
Published on June 20, 2017

AICPA Makes Recommendations for IRS 2017-2018 Guidance Priority List

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: June, 2017.  The AICPA’s more than 200 recommendations cover a wide range of individual, business and exempt organization tax issues, including projects related to international, retirement, estate and trust and health care rules.
Published on June 20, 2017

State Legislative Update CPA Profession Seeks Action on Firm Mobility and Attest

Article The AICPA’s State Regulation and Legislation Team tracked over 300 bills impacting the CPA profession at the state level in 2017.  Multiple states adopted full CPA firm mobility, the comprehensive definition of attest, and new peer review requirements. 
Published on June 20, 2017

AICPA Requests Delay in Effective Date for New Partnership Audit Regime

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: June, 2017.  The AICPA requested on June 13 that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS work with Congress to pass legislation to delay by one year the effective date of the new “Centralized Partnership Audit Regime.”
Published on June 20, 2017

Drones Continue to Buzz Around CPA Firms

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: June, 2017.  A new court ruling striking down an FAA drone registration rule signals more expanded use of drones in the future.
Published on June 20, 2017

Tax Reform and IRS Modernization Top List of Issues for CPA Advocates Visits on Capitol Hill

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: June 20107.  Several hundred CPAs from around the nation visited Capitol Hill in May to share the accounting profession’s advocacy agenda with lawmakers.
Published on June 20, 2017

AICPA Written Testimony Senate SBC Hearing on Small Business Burden

Testimony The AICPA testified on recommendations for small business tax reform at the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship hearing on “Tax Reform:  Removing Barriers to Small Business Growth”.
Published on June 15, 2017

Department of Labor Overtime Rule

Article 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 of $47,476. Further, the
Published on June 13, 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 June 13, 2017

AICPA Request for Delay in Effective Date on Partnership Audit Provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Comment Letter AICPA is requesting that the United States Department of the Treasury and the IRS work with Congress to enact legislation to delay the effective date of the “Centralized Partnership Audit Regime”.
Published on June 13, 2017

AICPA submits 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan

Guidance The AICPA submitted the 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan that identifies and prioritizes guidance projects that the Treasury Department and the IRS should address through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices and other published administrative guidance.
Published on May 31, 2017

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