AICPA Honors Germano, Horn With Taxation Awards

Lisa C. Germano

Lisa C. Germano

Lisa C. Germano is the recipient of the 2015 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the accounting profession in the area of taxation.

Additionally, Jonathan Horn has received the AICPA’s tax division Distinguished Service Award for his extraordinary contributions to the work of the tax division over the past year.

Both awards were given at the AICPA’s fall tax division meeting recently in Washington, D.C.

Germano is co-founder, president and general counsel of Actuarial Benefits & Design Company. The company, based in Midlothian, Va., helps business owners assess retirement needs for themselves and their employees, as well as to set up retirement plans and to ensure the plans comply with federal disclosure and reporting requirements.

Germano, a nationally recognized expert on pensions and other employee benefits, was appointed to the IRS Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee by then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and has written numerous retirement planning articles relating to pension law and its administration.

Germano’s dedicated volunteer service to the AICPA spans more than 25 years on numerous committees and task forces, serving as chair on many. She has co-chaired and been a faculty member of the AICPA National Employee Benefit Plans Conference Committee for many years. She currently chairs the board of the Virginia Society of CPAs and has served multiple years on the Society’s board of directors

The AICPA’s annual award is in honor of Arthur J. Dixon, a CPA who had an outstanding record of service to the tax profession and to the Institute’s tax division.

As for Horn, Troy K. Lewis, chair of the AICPA tax executive committee, says that Horn devoted countless hours of his personal time to tax division activities.

Lewis says Horn worked on the AICPA’s project to craft legislative proposals to provide automatic, consistent and permanent tax disaster relief for those who live or own businesses in federally declared disaster areas. “He also led our effort on Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions. In addition, he made significant recommendations regarding the simplification of tax-related education incentives and major contributions concerning our small-business tax reform recommendations and the Institute’s work to educate members about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act,” Lewis said.

He joined the tax staff of the AICPA as a lead technical manager in August.  Prior to that, Horn was a solo practitioner in New York City for nearly 20 years.