Wednesday, December 9, 2015
FOR MY FELLOW TAX PROFESSIONALS - A SPECIAL REQUEST
Last week I sent a letter to the Board of Directors of the following national tax preparer membership organizations –
National Association of Tax Professionals
National Association of Enrolled Agents
National Society of Accountants
National Society of Tax Professionals
Latino Tax Professionals Association
In the letter I said –
“I strongly believe, as do many of my fellow tax professionals, that the tax preparation industry needs a strong and unified voice, a lobby, in Washington to represent the interests of tax preparers before the Internal Revenue Service and Congress.
As Congress continues to, in my opinion erroneously, use the Tax Code to administer and distribute federal social welfare and other benefit programs, and the IRS, in response, forces more excessive due-diligence requirements upon us, requiring us to be social workers as well as tax preparers, we should not just ‘grin and bear it’, but fight back.
Although most national tax professional membership organizations have some form of ‘government liaison’ and/or ‘political action’ functions, the limited memberships of the individual organizations are not large enough to provide sufficient ‘weight’ to any lobbying attempts.
Just about every other profession has a lobby in Washington. So why not the tax preparation profession?
The creation of a new independent organization of tax preparers, or of PTIN-holders, would be difficult, time consuming, and expensive. My alternative is to create a Tax Professional Advocacy Council that includes official representatives of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), the National Society of Accountants (NSA), the National Society of Tax Professionals (NSTP), and the Latino Tax Professionals Association (LTPA), and any other legitimate national tax preparer membership organization. This Council would speak with one voice for the combined memberships of all the organizations.”
The letter ended with a request that the organization “work with the other national tax professional membership organizations I have identified above to form a Tax Professional Advocacy Council to provide a voice in Washington for the tax preparer.”
Tax professionals - if you agree with what I have said above, and you are a member of one of the national membership organizations that I have written to, I ask that you also send a letter to the Board of Directors of the organization in support of my request.
I am also interested in hearing your thoughts and comments on my suggestion.