Remember the Billy Crystal movie, City Slickers where the oldtime cowboy, Curley asks, What’s the #1 Thing?
There is one thing that we do for CPAs and CPA Firms that nobody else does.
We have been doing it since 1900 when we passed the Maryland CPA Law.
Legislative advocacy to protect the interests of the CPA Profession in Maryland (and nationally with the AICPA).
Our legislative strategy is pretty simple – we play both sides of the ball. On offense we try to pass proactive bills that make the practice environment and CPA licensing friendly and current with the times. In fact, Senator Brian Feldman, a CPA and MACPA Member, says that Maryland CPAs enjoy one of the best practice environments in the nation around flexible CPE policies, form of practice (mobility, non-CPA ownership, low licensing fees, fair regulatory environment and more.
Add to that the expensive bills we have defeated like comparative fault that would have caused liability insurance increases, sales taxes on services, and unnecessary addtiional license fees (Tax Preparer, Debt Counselor, State Police Private Investigator) and that makes for a very good ROI on your membership and PAC investments with MACPA.
But don’t take my word for it, here are what a group of our major firm managing partners have said,
Here is a brief video that covers why you should care about legislative advocacy.
And a slide deck that covers MACPA’s legislative advocacy efforts:
Here are some examples of our successes ove the past ten years or so:
Offense – building and maintaining the CPA infrastructure
Defense – preventing legislation that would adversely effect CPAs
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