CPAs Visit Nation’s Lawmakers to Deliver Important Messages for the Accounting Profession

June 25, 2015

Illinois CPAs
CPAs from across the nation and the U.S. territories visited more than 200 Capitol Hill offices to inform lawmakers and their staffs about how top accounting profession issues affect individuals and businesspeople in the communities represented by the lawmakers.  The visits took place in conjunction with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Spring Meeting of Council held May 17 to May 19.

The four primary issues CPAs discussed with lawmakers were:

  • The decline in service to taxpayers and tax preparers by the IRS during the past tax filing season (see related story);
  • The importance of preserving the cash basis method of accounting for tax purposes;
  • The advantages to employees and employers of approving mobile workforce legislation to eliminate complexity for those working across state lines (see related story), and
  • The need for permanent tax relief for victims of natural disasters. 
Members and staff of the Illinois CPA Society from left to right in the front row are Daniel Rahill, Elizabeth Pittelkow and Todd Shapiro.  In the back row from left to right are Edward Hannon, Jennifer Schultz, Kelly Pope and Martin Green.
Photo credit: Sam Kittner/

“The meetings CPA constituents have with their lawmakers are critical to driving home the arguments that the AICPA Congressional and Political Affairs Team members make when they meet with members of Congress,” Mark Peterson, AICPA senior vice president of Congressional and Political Affairs, said. “Residents in a lawmaker’s district or state are the best advocates for the profession, and we value the hard work and time our CPAs from throughout the nation contribute to the profession’s advocacy efforts.”

“Illinois lawmakers are always ready to meet with us,” Todd Shapiro, president and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society, said. “Our May meetings in Washington went extremely well. The elected officials and their staffs were particularly interested in learning about the challenges related to the tax filing season and why it’s so important to CPAs and other personal service sector businesses to be able to retain the cash method of accounting.”