The state CPA societies are engaged in a highly successful drive to sign up members of the House of Representatives from their states as co-sponsors of H.R. 2315, the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2015.
In late June, the number of co-sponsors stood at 52. With the concerted push by the state CPA societies, that number has now risen to 123, which is more than 25 percent of the members of the House of Representatives. The co-sponsorship initiative kicked off in May with CPAs’ visits to Capitol Hill in conjunction with the American Institute of CPAs’ (AICPA) Spring Meeting of Council.
“This is a memorable achievement,” AICPA Senior Vice President for Congressional and Political Affairs Mark Peterson, said. “It demonstrates how critically important it is for legislators to hear from their constituents in order to build support for legislation, and the state CPA societies are very effective partners in delivering those messages to Capitol Hill on behalf of the profession.”
Michael Colgan, CEO of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, said, “CPAs in Pennsylvania strongly encouraged members of our Congressional delegation to co-sponsor H.R. 2315 because a uniform standard as proposed by the bill would substantially simplify state income tax reporting for employers and employees. The present situation in which conflicting rules are imposed by each of the different states is an ongoing frustration for CPAs and their clients.”
H.R. 2315, which was introduced by Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), passed the House Judiciary Committee on June 17 by a vote of 23 to 4. A vote by the full House could come as early as September.
In the Senate, a companion bill, S. 386, has been introduced by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who are strategizing about the movement of their bill in the Senate. S. 386 has 10 co-sponsors to date.
The AICPA will continue its efforts, in collaboration with the state CPA societies, to have mobile workforce legislation enacted into law. The AICPA believes H.R. 2315 and S. 386 achieve a good balance between the states’ right to tax income from work performed within their borders, and the needs of individuals and businesses, and especially small businesses, to operate efficiently.