2014 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award

Patricia A. Thompson, CPA, received the 2014 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award, the highest award given by the accounting profession in the area of taxation. The award, bestowed by the AICPA Tax Division, was presented Nov. 5 at the AICPA fall Tax Division Meeting in Washington, by Jeffrey A. Porter, immediate past chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee.

Dixon Award winner Patricia ThompsonTroy K. Lewis (left), Patricia A. Thompson, and Jeffrey A. Porter

Thompson is a tax partner with Piccerelli, Gilstein & Co. LLP in Providence, R.I. She focuses on closely held business owners and their businesses in the manufacturing, real estate, service, and wholesale industries. She is also a nationally recognized expert on tax policy. She has testified on numerous occasions before Congress, the IRS, and the IRS Oversight Board. In addition, she often testifies at hearings of the Rhode Island Legislature on pending legislation. In 2009, she was a member of the Rhode Island governor’s Tax Policy Strategy Workgroup.

Thompson’s dedicated volunteer service to the AICPA spans more than 20 years. She has served on and chaired the AICPA Tax Executive Committee and the Individual Taxation Committee. She also chaired the Tax Executive Committee’s Strategic Planning Task Force. She is now serving on the IRS Advocacy and Relations Committee, the Tax Reform Task Force, and the AICPA Nominations Committee. She has been a member of the AICPA governing Council, the Tax Legislation and Policy Committee, the Domestic Interspousal Tax Relations Task Force, the Residential Sales Issues Task Force, the Preparer Regulation Task Force, and the International Federation of Accountants Convergence Threats & Safeguards Task Force, and she is a former member of The Tax Adviser’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Thompson has been an active member of the Rhode Island Society of CPAs throughout her career, serving as president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, receiving a B.S. in accounting, and Bryant College, where she earned a Master of Science in Taxation.

The annual award honors the memory of Arthur J. Dixon, a CPA who had an outstanding record of service to the tax profession and to the AICPA Tax Division. The award was established after his death in 1981 to honor outstanding CPAs in the area of taxes.

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