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Minnesota Board of Accountancy (BOA) extends 2020 CPE deadline to Sept. 30, 2020

Active CPAs may use CPE earned after June 30 but prior to Oct. 1, 2020, to meet the CPE requirements for the 2021 license renewal period.
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Know the difference

Updated April 3, 2019

Understanding the difference between the MNCPA and Minnesota Board of Accountancy (BOA) can be tricky. Use this summary to understand which organization you should contact. 

Minnesota Society of CPAs


  • Voluntary professional association supporting member CPAs and aspiring CPAs.
  • Yearly membership renewal. Membership year: April 1 through March 31. 
  • Celebrates recently certified CPAs at the recognition dinner.
  • Presents continuing professional education compliant with BOA and NASBA regulations.
  • Tracks continuing professional education credits within MNCPA CPE Log.
  • Advocates on behalf of members for changes in BOA rules through government relations initiatives.
  • Consults with members to answer BOA questions or clarify issues.
  • Answers ethics-related questions and recommends corrective action.

Board of Accountancy


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  • Regulatory body that enforces laws, rules and standards governing the practice of accounting in Minnesota.
  • Mandatory annual renewal for all certificate holders (active and inactive). Deadline: Dec. 31.
  • Processes and approves CPA exam candidate applications.
  • Issues (and revokes) CPA certificates based on rules established by BOA.
  • Processes and approves applications to change CPA certificate status (active to inactive, inactive to active).
  • Regulates CPAs and firms licensed to practice public accounting.
  • Establishes CPE rules and manages enforcement process with annual CPE audit.
  • Answers ethics-related questions and enforces ethical standards of practice.

Additional resources

Contact MNCPA customer service at 952-831-2707 or email us for answers to your CPA certification questions. 

CPA certification is regulated by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy. They can be reached at 651-296-7938 or online