Why was my voice not Heard by The AICPA?

A friend of mine brought this article to my attention.
343,020 Reasons CPAs Should Talk Up Their Tax Expertise Now -  

I couldn’t help myself… I had to post a comment…. So First thing this morning I did.

 In that comment I stated how I was in awe at how this is written, in an effort to Project the CPA as the ultimate Tax pro…. I pointed out that in what state does the Board Of CPAs require CPAs to keep up with tax laws and procedures?

I pointed out that I found it odd that the title itself sounds like CPAs are becoming intimidated now,  Because of this, and their numbers show why, I mean out of the estimated 717 thousand plus who have the PTIN only 29.7% are CPAs.

I mentioned in my comment that I am by no means saying that CPAs are qualified Tax preparers, but I pointed out explicitly that just because one is a CPA doesn’t make them Qualified.

In My comment, I also pointed out that it seemed to me in this article that CPAs were scared so much that they pressured the IRS/ to pass and I quote  “restrictions on advertising that leverage the RTRP designation (thanks to AICPA advocacy)” Now why would they do that I wonder?


I voiced my opinion, as all of you know it to be…. And I pointed fact out of the article  that at one point actually says “it is important for CPAs to start telling their stories better,” Really? Why not just tell the truth, Just because you are a CPA does not mean you know tax law.

Why am I venting all of this?
I posted my comment six hours ago, more now…. And it hasn’t been approved for anyone to read….

Note to self, from now on when I post a comment on a blog, keep a copy so I can share it with the world even if the author doesn’t want it to be heard….

We live in a country of free speech, – Dear AICPA if you disagree with what I said, lets debate it, the facts are not going away just because you failed to publish them……

© 2012, Bruce McFarland. All rights reserved.

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  1. July 25, 2012    

    Similar things go on in every heavily licensed/regulated professional industry, e.g., doctors, lawyers, etc. I understand the argument of protecting the public/consumers from unqualified practitioners, but unfortunately, in practice, it doesn’t do that, as many unqualified people manage to maintain their licenses. Meanwhile, people who are actually more knowledgeable in specialized fields have a hard time establishing their credibility — or in some cases, even their right to practice.

  2. kevin's Gravatar kevin
    July 25, 2012    

    Perhaps you’re unaware that censorship is by government action? IOW, a nongovernmental actor cannot — literally — censor you.

    A private party who elects not to publish or respond to your remarks is not censoring you. He is ignoring you.

  3. July 25, 2012    

    And that would be because as I stated above… They are scared. The truth is coming but, far be it for them to post or discuss it in an open forum….. Or discuss the facts as they really are……

  4. anon's Gravatar anon
    July 25, 2012    

    It’s not just the AICPA….. NAEA/NSA/NATP doesn’t listen either….

  5. July 25, 2012    

    Actually there are no comments posted on the article. Maybe they just haven’t approved it YET?! Also I looked at several posts out of curiosity, so maybe they just don’t publish ANY comments.

  6. July 26, 2012    

    Well, if they aren’t posting comments, I wonder why they provide that as an option….

    Also if they don’t publish comments, maybe they’ll right a post in response to my derogatoryness not to mention one in response to all I have said…..

    Or even an email saying something… let me know that I have spoken out of turn maybe?

  7. July 26, 2012    

    Well, then, I guess this post was almost in vane….. A few comments (mine and not all of it, along with Lori and a response to hers) have appeared on the above mentioned article.

    So that said I apologize for accusing the AICPA of deliberately not posting my Comment. and will leave it that way.

    Thank you Jina Etienne, CPA (Author of the post I commented on) for getting the responses up. Although I feel a little cheated in that Some of my querys’ are missing (as I remember them), and You didn’t respond to everything I held in Query.

  1. CPAs: Don’t Fear the RTRP | Home of Jason T. Dinesen, E.A. and The Dinesen Tax Times on July 31, 2012 at 7:57 am

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