News, Legislative Update

Legislative and Accountancy Board Update – November 2019

Published on November 20, 2019

This month’s update includes information about an Arizona Capitol Times award, changes to our Tax Legislation Committee members, an update from the Accountancy Board meeting,  a possible peer-to-peer car-sharing app regulation and a reminder of this month’s CPE license renewal deadline.

Arizona Capitol Times’ Breakdown Breakouts

The Society’s Director of Government Relations, John Baumer, was recognized as one of the top young leaders in the government relations area by the Arizona Capitol Times. John and several others were honored at a reception earlier this month for the 2019 Breakdown Breakouts.

Tax Legislation Committee

Welcome to Chris Hallstrom of REDW who has joined the ASCPA Tax Legislation Committee (TLC). Chris joins the TLC after Christina Roderick decided to step down after six years of volunteering with the committee. Thank you to Christina for your service to the profession.

Accountancy Board

At this month’s State Board of Accountancy meeting, the Board discussed outdated courses on Arizona ethics and proposed statutory changes to allow for the executive director to approve CPE reciprocity. The Board also approved the nominations of Steven E. Bandler, Jeffrey E. Beck and Dr. Robert K. Minniti to the Law Review Advisory Committee. The Board submitted proposed rule changes and the oral proceeding will occur at the Board’s December 2, 2019 meeting. A link to the proposed changes can be found here (pages 5-16, 51-52). Notable among the changes is a temporary reduction in the biennial registration fee from $300 to $275 for registrations between July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022. Other proposed rule changes include broadening who can submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of a certification applicant and eliminating the requirement for a certification applicant to provide verification of having passed the exam.

Political Fundraisers

The ASCPA participated in a fundraiser hosted by DeMenna Public Affairs for Representatives Ben Toma (R – Peoria), Tim Dunn (R – Yuma) and Bret Roberts (R – Maricopa). John Baumer attended a fundraiser for Representatives Robert Meza (D – Phoenix), Cesar Chavez (D – Phoenix), Daniel Hernandez (D – Tucson) and Alma Hernandez (D – Tucson).

Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing

The Arizona Capitol Times hosted a panel discussion on peer-to-peer car sharing with panelists from the Arizona Legislature, League of Arizona Cities and Towns and industry professionals to discuss the legislative effort to regulate the new app. The center of the issue lies with whether the app platforms have been in noncompliance with relevant tax jurisdictions or if defining them in the statute would be a “new tax.” This is likely to be another top issue for the legislature in 2020.

CPA License Renewal Due Date

As a reminder, Arizona CPA licenses must be renewed on the last business day of the month. For this month, the last business day falls on Friday, November 29. Be sure to renew on time.

For additional information on our advocacy activities, please contact Cindie Hubiak or John Baumer.