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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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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 April 20, 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 April 20, 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 April 20, 2017

AICPA Urges Congress to Reintroduce and Pass Tax Technical Corrections Legislation

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2017.  Several of the provisions in the bipartisan tax technical corrections bill that was introduced at the end of last year “are of unusually high importance since failure to enact them has an immediate negative impact on both the IRS and taxpayers,” the letter stated.
Published on April 20, 2017

Tax Reform Outlook from AICPAs Tax Vice President

Article The CPA Advocate: April, 2017.  In a new video posted on the AICPA’s Tax Reform Resource Center, AICPA’s tax vice president, Edward Karl, CPA, CGMA, describes the current state of the tax reform effort.  His conclusion: “I’d suggest we all buckle up for a long and bumpy ride.”
Published on April 20, 2017

Delayed Guidance is Source of Confusion this Tax Filing Season, AICPA Tells U.S. Senate in Testimony

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2017.  The AICPA recommended legislative changes to improve taxpayers’ filing experience in future years in testimony it submitted for the record of the Senate Finance Committee’s hearing on the 2017 tax filing season.
Published on April 20, 2017

AICPA and Eight Other Tax Practitioner Groups Unite to Recommend IRS Taxpayer Service Improvements

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2017.  The groups, which together represent millions of taxpayers, called for an improved governance and oversight structure for the IRS and proposed a new unit within the IRS that would centralize the agency’s services to tax practitioners.
Published on April 20, 2017

AICPA Groups Comment on GASBs Reporting Model Invitation to Comment

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2017.  The AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel and Private Companies Practice Section Technical Issues Committee submitted comments about three possible alternative recognition approaches for governmental fund financial statements.
Published on April 20, 2017

Blockchain Legislation Emerging in State Legislatures

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2017.  Blockchain is an emerging technology being embraced by CPA firms, and state legislatures are considering proposals to expand its use in government and business.
Published on April 20, 2017

Comment letter from the State and Local Government Expert Panel on GASBs ITC, Financial Reporting Model Improvements Go...

Comment Letter Members of the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel have reviewed the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Invitation to Comment, Financial Reporting Model Improvements – Governmental Funds, and are pleased to offer their comments.
Published on April 14, 2017

Comment letter from the State and Local Government Expert Panel on GASBs ITC, Financial Reporting Model Improvements Go...

Comment Letter Members of the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel have reviewed the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Invitation to Comment, Financial Reporting Model Improvements – Governmental Funds, and are pleased to offer their comments.
Published on April 14, 2017

Accounting and Financial Reporting Positions and Comment Letters

Comment Letter The Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) has issued the following comment letters to communicate its views and positions on accounting and financial reporting proposals issued by standard setters, such as FASB, GASB, and the IASB.
Published on April 10, 2017

Item 6 - Redacted IRS Letter - AICPA Comments to IRS on Systemic IRS Incorrect Letters on Form 3520 - 8/28/12

Comment Letter This is the 8/28/12 item 6 - redacted IRS letter that accompanied the AICPA comments to IRS on systemic IRS incorrect letters on Form 3520.
Published on April 10, 2017

AICPA Statement for SFC Hearing on Estate Tax

Comment Letter While Congress considers a compromise on estate tax reform, AICPA encourages permanent changes to the estate tax prior to the current law expiring in 2010. They provide a priority list of suggested reforms of the current estate and gift tax system.
Published on April 10, 2017

2017 Tax Advocacy Comment Letters

Comment Letters AICPA submitted comments to Treasury and IRS.
Published on April 07, 2017

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