The Maryland Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals (MSATP) has long been a stalwart advocate for the accounting and tax profession in the state of Maryland. Recently, the society’s Committee on Professional Regulation volunteers Betty Kohls Stehman and Jim Arnie and executive director, Giavante’ Hawkins had the honor of attending Governor Wes Moore’s bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 660. This pivotal legislation establishes the Taxpayer Advocate Division within the Comptroller’s office, marking a significant milestone in Maryland’s commitment to protecting taxpayers’ rights. The event served as a testament to MSATP’s dedication to advocating for the profession and its clients.
Senate Bill 660 holds immense significance for both tax professionals and taxpayers in Maryland. The bill’s passage establishes the Taxpayer Advocate Division within the Comptroller’s office, serving as an independent entity focused on protecting taxpayers’ rights and ensuring fair treatment by tax authorities. This division will work closely with taxpayers, addressing their concerns, providing assistance, and resolving any disputes that may arise. By creating a streamlined process for resolving tax-related issues, the Taxpayer Advocate Division aims to enhance transparency, accountability, and efficiency in Maryland’s tax administration.
MSATP has always been at the forefront of promoting the highest standards of professionalism and integrity within the accounting and tax field. The society recognizes that an essential aspect of maintaining public trust in the profession is safeguarding taxpayers’ rights. This dedication to advocacy was exemplified by MSATP’s presence at Governor We Moore’s bill signing event, which showcased the society’s commitment to championing the interests of both tax professionals and their clients.
MSATP has fostered a strong and collaborative relationship with the Maryland Comptroller’s office. This partnership has been instrumental in advancing the society’s mission of advocating for the accounting and tax profession. The close collaboration with the Comptroller’s office has allowed MSATP to effectively address critical issues and concerns affecting tax professionals and taxpayers in Maryland. As we move forward, MSATP eagerly looks forward to continuing this partnership and working closely with the Taxpayer Advocate Division to ensure that the interests of both tax professionals and their clients are well-represented. By fostering this ongoing collaboration, MSATP aims to contribute to developing effective policies and initiatives that will benefit the profession and enhance the overall tax experience for Maryland taxpayers.