The New York State Society of CPAs has installed David A. Lifson as its new president, while the Virginia Society of CPAs has selected Monique T. Valentine as chair of its board of directors for the upcoming year.

Lifson is a co-managing partner of Hays & Co. LLP, a New York-based accounting firm that is part of the Moore Stephens International network. A tax specialist, Lifson recently testified before a House Ways and Means subcommittee on the future of the alternative minimum tax, and chaired the NYSSCPA Committee on Tax Reform, which issued a proposal to revise the current tax system, an initiative the society dubbed the Simplified Exact Transparent Tax. He has been a society member since 1975.
Valentine, of Manassas, Va., is the chief financial officer of the Associated General Contractors of America in Arlington, and has a long history of leadership with the Virginia society. At the group’s annual business meeting, she outlined a handful of goals for the upcoming year, including advancing the advocacy of CPA interests in the state’s legislative and regulatory arenas; focusing on new technology and engaging young professionals; and continuing efforts to promote financial literacy, build a strong membership and enhance the society’s education offerings.

Valentine also has her own accounting practice, which serves approximately 350 clients in the compilation of their financial statements, individual and business tax returns, and small business consulting and tax planning services.

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