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New Tax Law, New Opportunities
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has
been keeping everyone on their
toes in the past few months, wheth-
er you've been working to figure out
what it all means for your company,
your clients, or you and your family.
Here at the CTCPA, the changes
brought about many opportuni-
ties for our members to showcase
their expertise and value to the
state's taxpayers as they deal with a
fundamentally new tax landscape.
Media Relations
We worked with several media outlets to help educate taxpayers as well as po-
sition CTCPA members as preeminent experts in the tax and financial planning
arenas. Executive Director Bonnie Stewart was quoted in articles including
"Now that it's 2018, here's what you need to know about the new federal tax
bill" in The Day of New London and "Accounting industry deals with tax over-
haul, talent shortage" in the Hartford Business Journal. Many members were
quoted in and wrote articles as well.
Grassroots Taxpayer Outreach
The CTCPA teamed up with elected officials including Reps. John Larson, Joe
Courtney, and Elizabeth Esty to get the word out about the changes. Several
members participated in panel discussions to answer taxpayer questions as
representatives of the CTCPA.
Education and Resources
Be sure to check out our hub at, where we're
curating the latest news and updates that matter most to accounting profes-
sionals. The hub also features PowerPoint presentations you can brand and
use when speaking to clients or community groups and a listing of the classes
and webinars you need to keep you in the know.
We were lucky to have tax guru Walter Nunnallee visit Connecticut in mid-
January, by which time he was able to modify his popular corporate and indi-
vidual tax workshops to include several hours on the new law. These classes
drew more than 1,200 participants in person or via livestream (for the first
time!). There are many webinars currently available and more live programs to
come to help you get the information you need to continue to best serve your
company or your clients.
Patrick Duffany and Ed Kindelan (pictured above) and their team at
CohnReznick have also provided us with a comprehensive special section on
the new law starting on page 12 of this issue.
If there is more we can do to help you as you move forward in this new tax
landscape, please don't hesitate to reach out.
March/April 2018
Vol. 59, Issue 2
Kirsten Piechota, Managing Editor
Editor's Note
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Opinions expressed in bylined articles ap-
pearing in this publication are those of the
author(s) and do not necessarily reflect
CTCPA opinions or positions nor do they
constitute endorsements.
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A publication of the Connecticut
Society of Certified Public Accountants
Connecticut CPA Team
Kirsten F. Piechota
Managing Editor/Graphic Designer
Caitlin Q. Bailey O'Neill
Assistant Editor
Tyler Losure
CTCPA Board of Directors
Bradley D. Kronstat, CPA
Susan A. Martinelli, CPA
Dennis W. Cole, CPA
Edwin R. Muenzner, CPA
Marie L. Benedetto, CPA
Mitchell R. Insero, CPA
Michael P. Jordan, CPA
CTCPA Advisory Council Chair
CTCPA Executive Director
Bonnie Stewart
See you next issue,
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (left) speaks with with Ed
Kindelan (second from right) and Patrick Duffany
(right) of CohnReznick about the new federal tax
law at a town hall meeting at the Farmington Library.