The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) joined state lawmakers from across the country at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Winter Executive Committee meeting this month. The Institute’s State Regulation and Legislation Team participated in the NCSL’s Task Force on State and Local Taxation meeting to discuss emerging trends in tax policy.
“The task force meetings provide a forum for state lawmakers to discuss complex state tax policy issues, many of which impact the profession,” said James Cox, the AICPA’s senior manager for state legislation.
Louisiana CPA lawmaker Julie Stokes
with AICPA staffer James Cox.
The January meeting focused on film tax credit incentives, personal property taxes and state budget funding mechanisms.
The CPA profession is well-represented on the task force, which includes three CPA lawmakers: Sen. Curtis Bramble of Utah, Sen. Deb Peters of South Dakota and Rep. Julie Stokes of Louisiana.
“The AICPA, along with our state CPA society and CPA firm partners, are working hard with these CPA lawmakers to promote policy at NCSL that protects the public interest and advances the CPA profession,” Cox said. “We’ve also seen the profession’s brand grow within the organization because of these relationships, and that trend is certainly going to continue in 2015.”