Share your tax season experience with lawmakers
April 29, 2019 | Geno Fragnito
Now that another tax filing deadline has passed, it’s time to reflect on how this tax season went and start planning for next year. Part of that planning should include contacting your legislators to help them understand how tax laws affected your business or your clients.
Not sure where to begin? Here are some questions to get you started:
- Was it easier to prepare returns this year?
- Are there policies you think should be changed?
- Have you heard any CPAs say this year was the easiest tax season of their career?
- Is compliance easier today than it has ever been?
- Do your clients have fewer questions?
- Is it easier for your business to plan for next year?
Yes, these questions may seem silly to you and me. But are you confident your legislators know the answers to these questions?
As of this blog post’s publication, lawmakers have less than a month to debate the details of a two-year budget and pass a tax bill. The House and Senate tax committees have released their tax bills:
Now the hard work begins -- the House and Senate must reconcile their differences between their two versions of the tax bill with Gov. Walz’s tax proposal before they can pass a final bill.
During these final weeks of negotiating and compromising, now is the perfect time to contact your legislators. Let them know how this filing season went for your business, your firm or your clients, and encourage them to pass a tax bill this year.
I’ll be at the State Capitol until the final hour, but legislators also need to hear from you. You have the experience and expertise to help them fully understand tax policy implications
Topics: Taxation-Individual, Government, Taxation-Business
Geno Fragnito is the MNCPA government relations director, advocating on behalf of the CPA profession. His days consist of last-minute meeting changes, building relationships with lawmakers, helping CPAs navigate state government, and putting in more than 15,000 steps per day walking the halls of the Capitol. Geno unwinds with a little golf and traveling with his family. If he weren’t a lobbyist, Geno would perfect his cast and be a professional fisherman. Geno can be reached at 952-885-5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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