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Fundraiser for Rep. Robert Spendlove and Rep. Steve Eliason

Thursday, October 1, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Spencer
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Fundraiser Breakfast

Support Rep. Robert Spendlove and Rep. Steve Eliason in the upcoming election.

Thursday, Oct. 8
 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Location: UACPA, 136 S. Main St., Suite 510

 Masks are required in our building. We are following the safety guidelines as outlined in the documents in Utah Leads Together and the COVID-19 Business Manual.

About the candidates we are supporting:

Rep. Eliason and Spendlove are in Districts 45 and 49 which are tough battleground districts. They’re currently running neck and neck with their opponents (Wendy Davis and Siamak Khadjenoury respectfully). Rep. Eliason is one of only two CPAs in the house and has been a champion for any CPA issue we've brought to his attention. Both Rep. Spendlove and Rep. Eliason have been integral as we’ve dealt with the following issues:

  • Tax reform – Both Rep. Spendlove and Rep. Eliason sit on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee and Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee.  Rep. Spendlove is a member of the Tax Reform Task Force (yes, it has not been officially disbanded) and while that legislation was ultimately repealed by the legislature early in the 2020 general session, his understanding of the current tax imbalance is crucial to the ultimate success of Utah's economy when we emerge from this pandemic.  
  • Both legislators often reach out to UACPA member firms to provide expert witness testimony in committee meetings when policy issues are discussed. These committees seek our expertise when discussing the implications of certain policy considerations with regards to the effect and potential impact on both the business community and the average citizen.  Through Rep. Spendlove and Rep. Eliason's help, the UACPA has emerged as one of the main sources of fiscal and fiduciary information on Capitol Hill. 
  • Licensure issues – The issue of licensure has been under attack over the last couple of years.  A number of organizations are seeking to do away with professional licenses to include CPA licenses.  Both of these legislators have been instrumental in providing support in defense of our license and have made sure to include the UACPA in discussions to change or abolish professional licenses.  These discussions come up every year and every year we’ve been able to keep CPAs protected.
  • CPA reports – We’ve recently opened up a bill file with Rep. Eliason regarding language to be included in bills that require CPAs to issue a report on how funds are used in agencies when an audit isn’t required.  We’ll be working closely with the Legislative Audit Agency on this bill with the goal of being able to create some basic statutory language that agencies and municipalities can use so that every time the legislature grants an award or when special funding becomes available, we won't have to go back and correct boilerplate bill language that often includes terms of art that require CPAs to issue a report that “certifies” that monies were used for the purpose intended.  We’re exploring the possibility of using AUP type language and Rep. Eliason is at the helm of this process.  This is still in its infancy stages and we will be calling upon our audit type members to provide input.
  • Mental Health – COVID-19 has brought to the forefront the importance of good mental, social and emotional health. Rep. Eliason has been on the carried many bills at the State level to bring resources to our citizenry. He has also been instrumental on the Federal level as well as Congressman Chris Stewart is bringing to fruition a 988 suicide hotline.


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