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STATE ISSUES


Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program Implementation Delayed
Updated November 3, 2016
P.A. 98-1150 requires Illinois businesses with at least 25 employees, and that have been in business for at least two years, and that choose not to offer a qualifying savings (retirement) program, to either offer a qualified savings plan or automatically enroll their employees into Secure Choice. The implementation of this requirement has been delayed beginning with a phase one pilot program in 2018. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Illinois Secure Choice.

2016 State Income Tax Filing Due Dates
Updated November 3, 2016
In response to Congress changing the due dates for corporate and partnership tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue will administratively align the 2016 Illinois Tax Return due dates with the Federal due dates. See additional information on Federal due dates below. We will provide additional information from the Illinois Department of Revenue as it becomes available. 

Treasurer Authorized to Recover U.S. Savings Bonds
Updated August 29, 2016
HB 5607 authorizes the State Treasurer to redeem matured unredeemed abandoned U.S. Savings Bonds that have been in the Unclaimed Property Program for five years. The Treasurer can return the proceeds of the bonds to their original owners or heirs. Fact Sheet

Paid State Tax Return Preparer Oversight
Updated October 4, 2016
The Illinois CPA Society successfully passed legislation to carry out the recommendations of the Illinois Tax Return Preparation Task Force (PDF) authorizing the Illinois Department of Revenue to oversee state paid tax preparers using the Federal PTIN number.  The Government Relations Office and AICPA worked with the Task Force in providing recommendations and information on tax return preparer regulations and provided a white paper (PDF) with the profession’s recommendations. HB 5527 was signed into law and is effective January 1, 2017.

Firm Mobility
Updated October 4, 2016
The Illinois CPA Society supports the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s legislative efforts to extend the “no notice, no fee, no escape” concept from individual CPAs to CPA firms as well. CPA Firm Mobility Background Paper (PDF). SB 2434 passed the Senate and is pending in the House.

Accounting Act Administrative Rules Approved
Updated October 4, 2016
The Illinois CPA Society has worked closely with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation in updating the Public Accounting Act Administrative Rules. Administrative Rules add the detail that is necessary to implement and execute statutory law such as the Public Accounting Act. The Public Accounting Act sunset was renewed and updated in 2013 and 2014, and the proposed rules reflect the statutory updates. The proposed rules (PDF) have been approved. The Illinois CPA Society submitted comments (PDF) and support for the proposal. See Changes Summary (PDF). The proposed rules were adopted and became effective March 16, 2016.

Illinois Supreme Court--Accountant's Privilege
Updated April 1, 2015
The Illinois Supreme Court in Brunton vs. Kruger upheld the operation of the Accountant's Privilege. The Court's ruling not only upheld that the accountant holds the privilege but also that there is no testamentary exception to the privilege. Regulatory Update.

Illinois Concealed Carry Law 
Updated May 12, 2014
Illinois’ Concealed Carry Law went into effect on July 9, 2013.  The implementation of the provisions of the Act are formulative with the adoption of agency rules and development of an application process.  There are issues that CPAs should consider both as employers and with regards to carry in your place of business.  Issue Briefing (PDF).

Illinois Medical Marijuana Law 
Updated January 27, 2016 
Illinois Medical Marijuana Law went into effect on January 1, 2014. There are issues that CPAs should consider both as employers and providing services to potential customers.  See Medical Marijuana Briefing (PDF) for additional background. State agencies involved in the implementation of Illinois new medical cannabis law formally filed revised medical cannabis pilot program administrative rules with the state. The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued Medical Marijuana guidelines for attorneys. IDFPR Medical Marijuana contact: Bridget Carlson, Phone: 312.814.1690, email: bridget.carlson@illinois.gov.

SB 10 extends the state's medical cannabis pilot program to 2020. Terminal illnesses and PTSD were added to the list of ailments for covered treatment.

FEDERAL ISSUES


Tax Return Due Date Changes
Updated October 19, 2016
During the summer of 2015, the federal government changed their due dates for corporate and partnership tax returns.These new changes will apply to 2016 tax returns prepared during the 2017 filing season. Previously, calendar-year C and S corporations were required to file by March 15, while individuals, trusts, and partnerships filed by April 15.

The new federal due dates make the partnership and S corporation returns due first, on March 15, and then individual and C corporation returns due a month later on April 15. The extended due dates are modified in a similar manner so that the same logical flow is maintained. To maintain this logical order, states are starting to conform their filing deadlines to the new federal dates. See Comparative Chart.

ICPAS Government Relations and the SALT Committee are working with the Illinois Department of Revenue to align Illinois’ due dates with the federal due dates outlined above, and we anticipate an administrative remedy for the 2016 filing season. 

PTIN Class Action Lawsuit
Updated November 3, 2016
PTIN holders in Adam Steele, et al. v United States have challenged the IRS' authority to collect PTIN fees. The District Court for the District of Columbia has certified the class action lawsuit, and PTIN holders will receive notification for potential restitution. If you receive notification, you can do nothing and remain a part of the class action lawsuit or affirmatively choose to opt out. Fact Sheet (PDF)

New Overtime Rules Effective December 1, 2016
Updated November 29, 2016
The United States Department of Labor has adopted final rules updating the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements. The new requirements, which are effective December 1, 2016, extend the overtime compensation threshold form $455 to $913 or $47,476 per year. While the primary change relates to extending overtime compensation threshold, other changes include establishing the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees subject to a minimal duties test and establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every three years. See Department of Labor Overtime Rules Fact Sheet. See ICPAS Regulatory Alert.

Court Delays Implementation--Overtime regulation previously set to take effect December 1 has been temporarily enjoined by the Federal District Court pending the resolution of litigation challenging the DOL's promulgated that doubled (to $47,476) the salary threshold of workers entitled to receive time-and-a-half pay when working more than 40 hours in a given week.

Congress Attempts to Ease Compliance Burden of DOL Overtime Rule
Updated October 4, 2016
H.R. 5813, the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (OREA) addresses the new Department of Labor overtime rule for employers and firms by eliminating the compliance burden of the automatic update provision and by increasing the salary threshold gradually over a three-year period in 2019, rather than all at once on December 1, 2016.  This legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives and would have to pass both Chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President before mitigation of the DOL rules would go into effect. The Illinois CPA Society has worked closely with the American Institute of CPAs in reaching out (PDF) to members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation. On September 24, 2016, the House passed H.R. 5813. The measure now moes to the Senate. ICPAS will continue our federal advocacy efforts in this area and will keep you informed of any developments.  


REGULATORY ISSUES


Peer Review Requirement
Sole practitioners or firms who perform audits, renews or examinations of prospective financial statements must complete a peer review as a requirement for licensure renewal. To learn more visit the ICPAS Peer Review page.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICE


Legislative Contact Program Needs Your Help
Contact  Jill Loeser  (800.572.9870) to volunteer to be a legislative liaison to your legislators.

Mobility Update
Public Act 95-0386 became effective on January 1, 2008. The original legislation, Senate Bill 745, was an ICPAS initiative to bring mobility to Illinois.The Government Relations staff has been working with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on mobility implementation and has developed informational questions and answers to assist practitioners in resolving mobility issues.

Mobility and/or licensure questions may be directed to the Government Relations office at 217.789.7914 or 800.572.9870 or email Jill Loeser.

For additional information visit the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and AICPA mobility site. See State Substantial Equivalency