Alexandria, VA, September 20, 2011 – John Ams, Executive Vice President of the National Society of Accountants (NSA) for more than a decade, was named to the 2011 Accounting Today magazine list of the “Top 100 Most Influential People” in the accounting profession.
As the NSA chief staff officer, Ams played a critical role in guiding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as it implements its new tax preparer registration program. He represented the interests of the accounting profession while supporting standards that protect taxpayers.
“We are thrilled to see John Ams recognized with this honor,” says NSA President Sharon E. Cook, EA, ABA, ATA, ATP, ARA. “His leadership this past year has been remarkable. He helped the IRS understand the demonstrated proficiency that credentialed tax preparers already provide to individuals and small businesses, while supporting the need to implement standards for less experienced tax preparers. As a result, the IRS has developed standards that will strengthen our profession.”
“I am truly honored to be recognized in this elite group of accounting professionals,” Ams says. “It is a testament to the hard work and diligence of NSA members in working tirelessly through our board of governors, committees, and state societies to demonstrate the proficiency and integrity of ‘Main Street’ accountants to the IRS, legislators, and the public.”
Ams was named NSA Executive Vice President in 2001. He was previously Senior Vice President of Financial Affairs for the Interstate Natural Gas Association, Director of Federal Tax Programs for the National Association of Realtors, and an attorney in the IRS National Office.
He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975 and a B.A. from Michigan State University in 1972.
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