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Legislative and Accountancy Board Update – March 2020

Published on March 31, 2020

This month’s update includes an information from this month’s Board of Accountancy meeting, legislation impacting the State Board of Accountancy and a rule change, Department of Revenue Director confirmation, income tax conformity legislation, the adjournment of Arizona legislature, political fundraisers and a PAC update.

Board of Accountancy

This month’s Board meeting was shortened due to public health concerns. Timothy Zingraf has been appointed to the Accounting and Audit Advisory Committee. Congratulations Tim!

On March 26, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-17 relating to professional licenses. The order requires certain licensing state agencies or boards to do defer license renewals for licensing expiring between March 1 and September 1, 2020, unless the requirements can be met online. The Executive Order does not impact CPAs due to the ability to access online CPE courses and no restriction on the number of online CPE courses.

Due to the closure of Prometric testing sites, and in coordination with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, the Board has allowed for 90-day extensions for candidates who have an open Notice to Schedule and conditioned credit expiring by June 30, 2020. Members with renewals due in March and April impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to submit requests for CPE extensions.

 Legislation Impacting State Board of Accountancy

Thank you to ASCPA members who reached out to their state senators to oppose the inclusion of the Board of Accountancy in SB 1274. Because of your outreach and the Society’s diligent advocacy efforts, SB 1274 was amended to exclude the Board. To view footage of the bill in Committee of the Whole and Third Read click here.

State Board of Accountancy Rule Change

The recently approved rule changes are effective April 5, 2020. To view the summary, click here. The changes include a biennial registration fee reduction from $300 to $275 between July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022.

Department of Revenue Director Confirmation

On March 4, the Senate Finance Committee voted to recommend to the full Senate the nomination of Carlton Woodruff as Director of the Department of Revenue. Committee members questioned Woodruff on the department’s customer service efforts and the number of internal auditors. The Senate confirmed Woodruff as Director on March 10. Click here to view the Senate Finance Confirmation Hearing.

Income Tax Conformity Legislation

The Senate Finance Committee passed HB 2494 (internal revenue code; conformity) on March 11 by a vote of 9-0. The bill passed the full Senate on March 17 by a vote of 24-1. Governor Ducey signed the legislation on March 24.

 Arizona Legislature

Heeding the Centers for Disease Control guidelines to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, the Arizona House and Senate adjourned for several weeks. The legislature may reconvene as early as April 13. Otherwise, it will be a date determined by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House.

Political Fundraisers

ASCPA Director of Government Relations, John Baumer, attended a fundraiser for the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. An event for the Republican Legislative Victory Fund, which the ASCPA PAC supported with a contribution, has been postponed due to health concerns. As the 2020 election approaches, the ASCPA continues to support candidates who support the CPA profession. Thank you to all members who generously donate to the ASCPA PAC.

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