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By Maya Ivanova, CPA, MBA
The best day to be a CPA is CPA Day at the Capitol. On Jan. 31, more than 250 CPAs from across the state gathered at the Capitol to meet their local elected officials, discuss upcoming issues that could affect CPAs and promote the profession. Our chapter, as usual, stood out with numerous participants—30 CPAs, accounting students and CPA candidates joined forces to meet our local legislators.
Some of the discussion topics this year included tax on services and financial literacy. Although tax on services is not a pending bill, it could be re-introduced as the state scrambles to raise revenues. Some of the adverse effects that tax on services could give our profession include outsourcing tax preparation services to other states, as well as taxing individuals and businesses for services that are mandated by the government. In addition, a lot of individuals and small businesses could be inclined to prepare their annual filings themselves, which will cause a lot of errors.
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By Andy Anderson
The day dawned clear and sunny! Compared to last year, this was a pleasant surprise. We all met for breakfast and some instructions, then went off to our meetings.
Our chapter had more than two dozen participants, including CPAs, students and staff. I was assigned to three meetings. My first meeting was with Sen. Josh Newman. We had a brief meeting and an extended interview with his chief of staff. He was attentive to our concerns and I think we struck a chord when we began talking about financial literacy and how it would be a good project within his district.
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Tax on services continues to be a topic of discussion in the Legislature. A recently introduced bill, SB 640 (Hertzberg), proposes to enact a sales tax on services—including those provided by CPAs. While the bill does not articulate how such a complex shift in the tax burden would be accomplished, the introduction of this legislation keeps the issue on the radar within the public policy arena—particularly as tax reform conversations heat up.
Similar far-reaching tax on services proposals were introduced in 2015 and 2016 by Sen. Hertzberg, but both bills died in the Legislature when they failed to meet legislative deadlines. These proposal have been characterized as a way to broaden California’s tax base to address a volatile stream of tax revenue. However, the proposal would impose an extremely complex shift in the tax burden to raise billions in new tax revenues.
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