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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 Testimony Statement for the Record for April 15 2015 House SBC Hearing on Tax Reform

    Testimony This document contains theAICPA Testimony Statement for the Record for April 15, 2015 House SBC Hearing on Tax Reform.
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    2015 Tax Advocacy Comment Letters

    Comment Letters Recent comment letters submitted by the AICPA Tax Division.
    Published on April 24, 2015

    The CPA Advocate - Archived Articles 2015

    Newsletter Find 2015 archived articles from the AICPA's advocacy newsletter, The CPA Advocate.
    Published on April 22, 2015

    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 22, 2015

    Preserving the Cash Basis Method of Accounting for CPA Firms

    Article The AICPA is opposed to certain provisions included in tax reform proposals that would limit the availability of the cash basis method of accounting.
    Published on April 22, 2015

    March 15, 2015 AICPA Letter to Senate Finance Committee Business Income Tax Reform Working Group

    Legislative Letters March 15, 2015 AICPA Letter to Senate Finance Committee Business Income Tax Reform Working Group
    Published on April 22, 2015

    AICPA to IRS Increase Small Business Safe Harbor Threshold in Tangible Property Regulations

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2015.  The de minimis safe harbor should be increased from $500 to $2,500, the AICPA told the IRS.  The AICPA recommended adjusting the threshold annually for inflation and expanding the definition of an applicable financial statement.
    Published on April 23, 2015

    AICPA Recommends Tax Reform Proposals to Three Senate Finance Committee Working Groups

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2015.  The recommendations include ideas for simplifying business income tax rules and retirement plan rules and for implementing permanent disaster assistance relief for individuals and business owners.
    Published on April 23, 2015

    AICPA Panels Submit Comments to GASB on Leases

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2015. The State and Local Government Expert Panel and Technical Issues Committee expressed their views on major issues related to leases and made recommendations.
    Published on April 23, 2015

    AICPA Reception Honors CPAs in Congress

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2015. The 11 CPAs and accountants serving in the 114th Congress were welcomed by members of the AICPA Board of Directors and AICPA staff who are involved in the AICPA’s advocacy efforts.
    Published on April 23, 2015

    AICPA Continues to Support Data Transparency

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2015.  Participating in the Data Transparency Coalition’s Financial Regulation Summit, the AICPA continued its long-standing history of supporting data standards for greater efficiency and transparency.
    Published on April 23, 2015

    AICPA Groups Flag Concerns about GASBs Proposal on Fiduciary Responsibilities

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2015.  The State and Local Government Expert Panel and the Technical Issues Committee raised objections to elements of GASB’s Preliminary Views document, Financial Reporting for Fiduciary Responsibilities.
    Published on April 23, 2015

    More States Adopt Comprehensive Definition of Attest Services

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2015.  Legislatures in Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Maryland have adopted the all-encompassing definition of attest that includes more than just engagements of prospective financial information.
    Published on April 23, 2015

    North Carolina Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case Involving Auditors Fiduciary Duties to Clients

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: April, 2015.  The North Carolina Association of CPAs, AICPA and Center for Audit Quality have jointly filed an amicus brief urging the state’s Supreme Court to reverse an appellate court decision.
    Published on April 23, 2015

    AICPA Increased SH De Minimis Letter

    Comment Letter The AICPA recommends increasing the de minimis safe harbor threshold amount for taxpayers without an AFS from $500 to $2,500.
    Published on April 21, 2015

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