Jeffrey A. Porter, CPA, received the 2016 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award, the highest award bestowed by the accounting profession in the area of taxation. The award, given by the AICPA Tax Division was presented Nov. 16 at the AICPA Fall Tax Division Meeting in Washington by Edward S. Karl, CPA, CGMA, AICPA vice president–Taxation.
Porter is the founder and owner of Porter & Associates in Huntington, W.Va., which concentrates in tax planning and business advisory services for small- to medium-size businesses and high-net-worth individuals. He is a frequent lecturer and has taught tax-related continuing education courses for a number of state CPA societies, local and national firms, and the AICPA National Tax Conference.
Porter has been a dedicated AICPA volunteer for nearly 30 years. He currently serves on the AICPA board of directors and its governing Council and as chair of the AICPA Tax Reform Task Force. He has served multiple years on the AICPA Tax Executive Committee, including as the committee's chair. While chair of the Tax Executive Committee, Porter fought to protect CPAs during tax preparer regulation changes and IRS service reductions. He has testified often at House and Senate hearings. In addition, he has served as chair of the Tax Practice Management Committee and the Tax Education Committee. Other AICPA tax panels on which Porter has served include the IRS Advocacy & Relations Committee and the Tax Simplification Committee.
Outside of the tax profession, Porter has been a member of the board of trustees of the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia and is currently serving as its chair. He was appointed by the governor of West Virginia to the board of governors for Mountwest Community & Technical College as well as to the West Virginia Lottery Commission, which he also served as chair.
Porter holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Marshall University and a Master of Taxation from The University of Tulsa.
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.