The Maryland Senate passed a CPA mobility bill by a unanimous 47-0 vote about an hour before midnight on the final day of the Maryland General Assembly's 2008 session.

The bill will make it easier for Maryland CPAs to do business in other states. The American Institute of CPAs has been pushing to enact CPA mobility legislation around the country (see AICPA Advances CPA State Mobility). The Maryland Society of CPAs got behind the legislation in Maryland, but it was stalled in the state senate's Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

However, members of MACPA encouraged CPAs to write to state legislators and prodded the bill loose from the committee, according to a report on the MACPA CPA Success blog. The bill now awaits the governor's signature.

CPAs in Maryland have enjoyed other legislative victories this past session, according to the MACPA Legislative Insider blog. The Maryland Tax Preparer Act passed with all of MACPA's suggested amendments intact. The bill creates a State Board of Individual Tax Preparers in Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

MACPA's recommended amendments also were included in a new corporate reporting bill. In addition, MACPA helped prevent sales taxes from being enacted on accounting and tax services in the state and helped repeal Maryland's "tech tax" on computer services.

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