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2021 Legislative Agenda

The INCPAS advocacy team closely monitors issues that could have short- or long-term ramifications on the CPA profession and how business is conducted in Indiana. The following are this year's legislative priorities.

LEAD

We either work to have legislation introduced or we work with others (legislators, agencies, coalitions/partners) to have it introduced, and we actively support their efforts.

  • Oppose licensure legislation that is not in the public interest and would be detrimental to CPAs’ ability to provide professional services to the organizations and clients whom they represent.
  • Ensure CPA Exam rule promulgation deadline is extended due to delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic (allows continuous Exam, removes Exam section names and allows candidates to sit for the CPA Exam with 120 credits).

ENGAGE

We adhere to our advocacy policies in determining the level of our engagement and may support, oppose or remain neutral on a bill or issue. We may provide members’ expertise in the form of testimony or in meeting with influencers. 

  • Support Multistate Tax Commission model bill for reporting federal partnership audit adjustments provided it is not detrimental to Indiana taxpayers.
  • Support legislation providing pandemic-related business liability protections that are reasonable for businesses that followed applicable CDC guidelines and/or guidance from local, state, federal governments and industry best practices or standards.

MONITOR

We are watchful of legislation and issues, assessing risk of escalating our involvement and determining if/when we should take action or weigh in based on our advocacy policies.

  • Support legislation that allows automatic changes for statutes and rules such as essential services status, tax due dates and licensure requirements during a public health emergency or natural disaster declared by state or federal order.
  • Marijuana bills: Support inserting model language into any legalization bill to protect CPAs providing professional services for clients in the marijuana industry legally operating according to state law.

The COVID-19 pandemic and social injustice will have considerable influence on the elections and the work of the General Assembly. There are many unknowns, but the Society’s leadership, staff and lobbyist will be at the forefront advocating on behalf of our members and the CPA profession.

OUR LEGISLATIVE PARTNER ENTITIES
We collaborate with the following organizations to ensure legislative positions and enforcement efforts are aligned.
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR)
  • Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
  • Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • State Board of Accountancy (SBoA)