A special message from the AICPA Tax Executive Committee Chair
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A special message from the AICPA Tax Executive Committee Chair

Jul 30, 2021 · 2 min read

This is my first note as Chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee (TEC). Chris Hesse, the past Chair of the TEC, did such a remarkable job leading the committee during a challenging two years. My term began in May, and I have big shoes to fill.

As a tax partner in a local CPA firm, I know all too well the challenges that our tax practitioners face. We survived two filing seasons that seemed to never end, assisted countless clients with COVID-19 relief programs and digested ever-changing tax legislation more times than we thought we could. We also had our struggles with the IRS — processing delays, staffing shortages, communication problems and the famous “courtesy disconnect.”

These past couple of years were difficult but, time and time again, tax practitioners stepped up to help clients navigate their tax issues — whether it was with compliance efforts or proactive planning and consulting services.

So, take heart. We are all in this together!

I am so grateful that my firm always places a priority on service to the profession and encourages volunteer committee work in our state society and at the AICPA. I am glad to have the support of my partners and staff as I embark on this new opportunity as TEC Chair.

In my firm, like so many others, we rely on the AICPA Tax Section for advocacy, training and resources. During my term as chair, the TEC will continue to act on behalf of the AICPA in tax matters, whether by setting tax policy, advocating for members, monitoring tax administration or reviewing tax legislation. We will always strive to maintain the highest ethical standards.

The TEC is monitoring proposed changes to the Statements on Standards for Tax Services (SSTSs) and will continue to advocate for sound tax policy, simplicity in the tax code and effective tax administration.

We cannot do our job without the countless volunteers who serve on all the AICPA Tax Division committees and technical resource panels. These groups work tirelessly to develop comment letters on pending legislation and regulations, recommend improvements to tax administration efforts and help the AICPA to develop resources that directly support Tax Section members.

So, to these volunteers, I want to say, “thank you.” I look forward to working with you as the TEC chair. And, to our members, I also want to extend a sincere “thank you” for your membership and support. And, if there are any resources or issues we should be focusing on, please drop us a note in our Tax Section Suggestion Form.

As we start to see better days on the other side of the pandemic, we are still left with questions and opportunities. We will continue to help members understand the tax buzz words — PPP, ERC, EIP, and CTC. We will help our members navigate current and recent legislation, such as TCJA, the CARES Act, the FFCRA, ARPA and the SECURE Act — and even proposed legislation, such as the American Families Plan.

Follow the AICPA Tax Section on LinkedIn and Twitter. You can learn about our advocacy efforts and resources to assist tax practitioners. Also, follow me on Twitter @janlewiscpa. I am grateful to connect with peers and hear about how we can better support each other.

On a personal note, after a year full of loss caused by the pandemic, things are looking up in 2021. My alma mater, Mississippi State University, won its first national championship in June by emerging victorious in the NCAA College World Series. After playing team sports for over a hundred years and reaching the College World Series 12 times, they finally won it all!

So, there is always hope. If you work hard and keep trying, victory can be yours — even if that victory is just conquering complex tax laws or finally getting the IRS on the phone!

Jan Lewis, CPA

Jan Lewis is a Tax Partner with Haddox Reid Eubank Betts PLLC in Jackson, MS. Her responsibilities include income and estate tax planning, research, and compliance for individual and business clients. Her areas of practice include healthcare, oil & gas, construction, real estate, and high net worth individuals. She has taught continuing education classes throughout Mississippi and nationwide to CPAs in the areas of income tax planning, business tax matters, and S Corporation tax matters, and has given presentations on financial literacy, tax reform, and other tax issues to various groups across the state. She has authored articles on tax matters for the Tax Adviser publication of the AICPA’s Tax Division. Jan has also served as a webcast leader for the AICPA since 2016 on topics such as Accountants Liability in Tax Practice and S corporation issues.

Jan is active in the Mississippi Society of CPAs and has served as President of the Society and as a member of the MSCPA Board of Governors. She was previously an officer of the Society’s Central Chapter, and a trustee of the Mississippi Tax Institute. Jan currently is a member of the MSCPA’s Long Range Planning Committee and the MSCPA’s Young CPAs Liaison Committee.

Jan is also an active member of the American Institute of CPAs. She has served as the MSCPA’s elected representative to the AICPA Council, and on the AICPA Life Insurance and Disability Plans Committee. She was a member and chair of the AICPA’s Tax Practice and Procedures Committee, and currently serves as Chair of the AICPA’s Tax Executive Committee, the senior committee overseeing the work of all Tax Division committees and technical resource panels. Jan is also an appointed member of the AICPA’s G400 Practice Advisory Group.

Jan is a native of Jackson, MS, and a 1985 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mississippi State University. She is a member and past chairperson of the Adkerson School of Accountancy Advisory Board at MSU and was selected as the MSU College of Business’s Alumni Fellow for 2016. She was chosen as MSU Beta Alpha Psi Alumnus of the Year in 2000.

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