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ARTICLE I - NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Federation of Tax Administrators, and its membership shall be determined under these bylaws as set forth in Article II.
Section 2. The object and purpose of this organization shall be to improve the techniques of tax administrators and the work of their profession, and to advance the standards of tax administration. To the attainment of these ends the Federation shall establish a clearinghouse for the interchange of information on administrative practices, and such other information as shall be desired. It shall undertake research into the tax and administrative problems confronting the various groups composing its membership. It shall promote contacts among its members by the publication of such news and informational bulletins, by the holding of such conferences, regional and district meetings, as it shall deem wise. The Federation shall undertake such services and activities as in its opinion shall promote the welfare and advance the general objectives of the Federation. The Federation is not organized for pecuniary profit.
The Federation shall promote comity among its members in taxation; afford an opportunity to the members for freedom of discussion on tax and related matters; interchange ideas on problems of administration; assemble information pertaining to the various types of tax laws as well as administrative methods; disseminate such information as may be of benefit to the members in order to develop a coordinated administrative activity; strive for equalization of the tax burden and for simplicity and uniformity in administration; and study and give consideration to such federal, state, local and international tax legislation as will tend to eliminate difficulties of enforcement.
Section 1. Membership in the Federation shall be confined to the several states; the District of Columbia; the United States and its possessions; and any city in the several states which applies for membership and is accepted by the Federation, has a population of two million or more, and employs a general sales or personal income tax as a revenue source. The head of the tax or revenue department, by whatever name called, or his/her designated representative shall be the representative of that state or member jurisdiction for purposes of conducting the official business of the Federation. Political subdivisions of the states approved by the Board shall be eligible for associate membership. Membership fees shall be as established by the Board of Trustees of the Federation of Tax Administrators. Membership in the Federation is not extended to the private sector.
Section 2. Membership in the Federation shall be granted by the Board based upon the membership requirements in Article II, Section 1.
Section 1. Control and supervision of the affairs and policies of the Federation shall be vested in a Board of Trustees. The Board shall consist of eighteen voting members as follows: The president, the first vice-president, the second vice-president, the secretary, twelve elected members representative of four geographical regions as designated by the Board, the head of the tax or revenue agency representing the largest jurisdiction among the membership of the organization expressing a desire to serve on the Board, and the most immediate past president holding office as a tax administrator without interruption. The elected members shall be elected by the membership for two-year terms. Each designated region, to the extent possible, shall be represented by at least four members of the Board. At least one of the members from each region shall be the head of the tax or revenue agency, by whatever name called, in one of the three largest jurisdictions in such region. In the event it is determined according to procedures established by the Board that none of the heads of tax or revenue agencies in the three largest jurisdictions within a region wishes to serve on the Board, or if one of the largest three jurisdictions within a region serves on the board by virtue of representing the largest jurisdiction among the membership, then all four members from a region may be from other than the largest three jurisdictions. The Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service, or the Commissioner’s designee, shall serve as an ex-officio member without a vote.
Transition Rules and Interpretative Guidelines for Article III, Section I.
Section 2. The officers of the Federation shall be a president, a first vice-president, a second vice-president, and a secretary. The officers shall be elected annually by the membership and shall hold office until their successors are selected.
Section 3. A vacancy in any office or in the membership of the Board may be filled by the Board for the unexpired term.
Section 4. The presence of a majority of the voting members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the Board’s business.
Section 1. The powers and duties of the Board of Trustees shall be as follows:
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall be composed of five members as follows: The president, the first vice-president, the second vice-president, the secretary and the immediate past president. The Executive Committee shall have such duties and powers as conferred upon it by the Board.
Section 3. The president shall be the chief executive officer of the Federation and shall preside at the meetings of the Federation and of the Executive Committee, shall appoint members of the Standing Committees and such other committees as deemed advisable, and shall perform such other duties as the Federation or the Executive Committee shall prescribe. The president shall appoint for each annual meeting a Committee on Resolutions. In addition the president shall appoint at each annual meeting a Committee on Nominations consisting of five members, with one member representing each region and one member representing one of the ten largest dues paying states. The ten largest dues paying states shall be based on dues assessed most recently by the FTA Board. The Committee on Nominations shall recommend candidates to fill unexpired terms pursuant to Article III, Section 3, and shall recommend candidates for election at the annual meeting In case of the absence or inability of the president, the duties of the office for the time being shall be performed by the first vice-president or in his/her absence by the second vice-president or such member of the Board that the Board may designate for the purpose.
Section 4. Three Standing Committees are established as follows: The External Affairs Committee chaired by the first vice-president, the Internal Affairs Committee chaired by the second vice-president and the Administrative Affairs Committee chaired by the secretary. Each committee will be composed of the chairman, a past president and two to three other members along with the chairman of the corresponding committees, or their designee, of the designated regions who shall serve as an ex-officio member without a vote. A staff member of the Federation shall be assigned to each committee. The Standing Committees shall have such powers and duties as are assigned to them by the Board.
Section 1. An annual meeting shall be held at such time and place as the Board shall determine, but the members are encouraged to suggest time and places of the annual meeting. Notice of the Annual Meeting shall be provided to the members at least 30 days in advance.
Section 2. Voting in the Federation shall be by members and each member represented at a meeting shall have one vote to be cast by the head of its tax or revenue department or his/her designated representative. If two or more departments in one jurisdiction are members, each may claim the privilege of casting a fractional vote.
Section 3. One session of each annual meeting, or so much of it as may be necessary, shall be devoted to the consideration of the report of the Committee on Resolutions. The report of this committee, as adopted by a majority of those present and voting, shall be its official expression of opinion, and it shall not be held to have endorsed any other expression of opinion, by whomsoever made. The president shall announce the names of the members of the Committee on Resolutions at least thirty days in advance of the annual meeting. The Resolutions Committee shall hold at least one meeting where any member of the Federation who wishes to discuss any resolution duly presented to said committee will have an opportunity to do so. No resolution shall be considered by the Federation unless it has been discussed at the Resolutions Committee meeting at the annual meeting at which it is proposed, or has been the subject of a report made thereon by some committee of the Federation, or has been the subject of a resolution adopted by some previous meeting. Copies of all resolutions to be considered by the Federation must be on file and available to the members of the Federation at the registration desk of the Annual Meeting not later than 3 P.M. of the day prior to consideration by the Federation.
A copy of any resolution on matters of policy must be delivered to the chairman of the Committee on Resolutions by noon of the first full business day of the Annual Meeting; provided, however, that any resolution proposed by a committee or section of the Federation, or any resolution arising from information contained in a presentation to a general conference session may be submitted to the chairman of the Committee on Resolutions not later than 3 P.M. of the day prior to the business meeting of the Federation at which it is to be considered.
Notwithstanding the above provisions, the Board may establish a procedure to adopt resolutions, subject to notification of all members of the proposed resolution, and an affirmative vote of the majority of members voting.
Section 4. The call for the meeting at the place selected, address of welcome and response to the same, accommodations for delegates, all necessary preliminary details for each meeting, and the program of papers and discussions shall be arranged for the meeting by the Board.
Section 1. Special or regional meetings of the Federation may be held at any time or place, when called by the Board.
Section 2. A majority of all members attending any annual, special or regional meeting of the Federation shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of those members present at the Annual Meeting of the Federation or of a special meeting called for that purpose. Notice of a proposed amendment to the bylaws shall be sent to the membership at least sixty days prior to the meeting at which it is to be considered. However, the requirement that a proposed amendment to the bylaws be sent to the membership at least sixty days prior to an Annual Meeting at which it is to be considered may be waived by the unanimous vote of the membership present at the Annual Meeting of the Federation.
Regional associations, by application, may be allowed to affiliate with the Federation, provided that they accept standards of conduct consistent with those of the Federation.
Effective June 15, 2005
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