"One of the most important aspects of COST is that it genuinely caters to the multistate tax needs of its member companies. Providing cutting edge educational programs and publications, acting as a clearing house for SALT resources, taking amicus positions on important SALT court cases and otherwise lobbying and weighing in on leading SALT legislation."
"COST provides a platform to exchange ideas, form coalitions on critical issues that shape tax policy, and to connect with policy makers both in the private and public sector across the country."
"COST facilitates relationships between contacts in industry, state government, law and accounting practitioners, and chambers, supporting all in their career, making the field continuously rewarding.”
"The most influential nongovernmental organization in the state tax policy arena."
"COST offers high quality education opportunities, featuring the hottest topics, delivered by the nations most recognized experts."
"The environment COST fosters facilitates networking and makes it easier to connect with folks at other companies and establish career-long relationships."
COST's advocacy is governed by a broad set of public policy objectives. When advocating on issues, COST first looks to its official policy statements, which are approved by the Board of Directors. Members interested in participating in the development of COST's policy statements are encouraged to join the Policy Committee, the body that drafts policy statements (in conjunction with COST Staff) for Board consideration. The COST Staff and Policy Committee also develop "Policy Toolkits" for COST Member government affairs personnel to use in their individual advocacy efforts on discrete issues. Please contact Karl Frieden or Aziza Farooki for more information.