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Legislative and Accountancy Board Update – August 2018

Published on August 21, 2018

This month’s update includes information about a special event with Governor Ducey’s Chief of Staff Kirk Adams, Representative Weninger’s Facebook Live session, an update on the two tax propositions on the November ballot, an update on Accountancy Board activities, a reminder about CPA license renewal dates and a PAC update.

Special Event with Kirk Adams

The Society attended a small gathering with Governor Ducey’s Chief of Staff Kirk Adams. Mike Allen, ASCPA board chair, Nikki Vogt, board member and Cindie Hubiak, president & CEO, were there to educate Adams and others about the importance of full income tax conformity, our continued opposition to taxing services and opposition to auditor rotation.

Representative Weninger on Facebook Live

The ASCPA and DeMenna Public Affairs arranged for Representatives Thomas Shope and Jeff Weninger to speak at a national conference for CPA Society staff about public policy for data breaches and blockchain. Representative Weninger held a Facebook Live session, which can be viewed here.

Update on Tax Propositions Filed for November Ballot

The two petitions mentioned in last month’s newsletter are moving forward on the November 6 ballot. Signatures have been verified and proposition number 126 has been assigned to the ballot measure that would ban the taxation of services. Signatures have also been verified for the Invest in Education Act and proposition number 207 has been assigned to this ballot measure that would tax Arizona’s wealthier citizens. Information about all ballot initiatives can be found on the Secretary of State’s website. The Society does not plan to take a position on either proposition.

Accountancy Board

At the July 30 Accountancy Board meeting, an oral proceeding was held for Rulemaking 4 A.A.C.1, articles 2,3 and 4, which includes CPE reciprocity, the allowance of some nano-learning and a few other items.  

Additionally, the Board held its August meeting at the Society’s offices on August 23 and 24. Mike Allen and Cindie Hubiak presented an update on the profession as it relates to the work of the Board.

CPA License Renewal Due Date

As a reminder, Arizona CPA licenses must be renewed on the last business day of the month. For next month, it is September 28 (not 30). Be sure to renew on time.

PAC Update

The Society’s PAC issued more than $12,000 in contributions to support candidates in the primary elections and more requests will arrive in early September. Special thanks to those who have already contributed. We can’t do this without you, so if you haven’t contributed yet, please invest in the profession with a contribution to our PAC. You can review this year’s list of legislative accomplishments compiled by DeMenna Public Affairs on behalf of the ASCPA and the profession.

For additional information on our advocacy activities, please contact Cindie Hubiak or Dawn Rector.