Board of Accountancy regulatory changes

Updated January 2019

The issues

Currently, the status options available for a CPA certificate are active, inactive or exempt.

The new status would allow a retired CPA to continue using the credential on business cards, letterhead or other communications provided all the criteria are met. The retired status will be an option for CPAs who are 55 or older and meet the other requirements.

Current law provides the BOA jurisdiction over currently licensed CPAs. To avoid BOA sanctions some CPAs are surrendering their certificate and, by doing so, preventing the BOA from investigating the complaint and eliminate reporting a violation to the national licensing date base.
The MNCPA is supporting both provisions and will work with legislators and the BOA to ensure the legislation is fair and not overly burdensome.

Why you should care 

First, CPAs who retire are forced to choose between two options: surrendering a certificate they worked hard to acquire and spent a life time working to protect the publics financial interests, or opting to go inactive and try to explain what an inactive CPA is.

Second, CPAs who violate the public’s trust can avoid consequences by surrendering their license. Their actions have negative consequences for the entire profession and may go unreported to other licensing jurisdictions.

Changes supported by the MNCPA include:

  • Creation of a new retired CPA status.
  • Two-year extended regulatory jurisdiction.

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