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The MNCPA attends AICPA Spring Meeting of Council and Annual Members Meeting in Washington D.C.

MINNEAPOLIS (June 19, 2023) — Seven members of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) attended the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Spring Meeting of Council and Annual Members Meeting in Washington D.C from May 23-25. While there, members promoted key issues in tax and accounting currently impacting the industry, meeting with the offices of all 10 of Minnesota’s congressional delegation.  

During their visit to the U.S. Capitol, members discussed the Fiscal State of the Nation resolution, which would require the comptroller general to address a joint session of Congress and present the fiscal state of the nation, as well as participating in discussions around incorporating accounting into STEM education curriculums and expanding the allowed uses of 529 educations savings plans, among other topics.

The MNCPA members who attended were:

  • Bob Cedergren, CPA, CGMA, MNCPA board chair
  • Ben Ellingson, CPA, former MNCPA board chair
  • Charles Esler, CPA, former MNCPA board chair
  • Katie Gabriel, CPA, former MNCPA board chair
  • Carolee Lindsey, CPA, chair of the MNCPA Legislative Issues Committee and PAC
  • Rachel Polson, CPA, former MNCPA board chair
  • Marcus Rien, CPA, co-chair of the MNCPA Young Professionals Group
“As an incoming AICPA council member, I was impressed with the level of engagement and dialogue among the other council members and the AICPA,” said Cedergren. “Additionally, the ability to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill was encouraging, as we were able to share issues that are important both to our members and the profession as a whole.”

Gabriel echoed these sentiments.

“It's powerful to come together with so many leaders who are all committed to advancing our profession,” she said. “Building the accounting pipeline continued to be a central conversation. We were able to meet with several of our representatives and their legislative assistants and it was promising to hear that they would be receptive to our advocacy to include accounting as part of STEM education.”

The MNCPA serves the public interest by advancing the highest standards of ethics and practices within the CPA profession. The MNCPA delivers on that promise by offering extensive continuing professional education and resources; advocating for members and the public with regulatory agencies and boards; and mentoring and encouraging the CPAs and business leaders of tomorrow. Founded in 1904, the MNCPA has 7,500 members who work in public accounting, business and industry, government and education.

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