2018 rule changes -- highlights
" The 3-year CPE provision for active
licensees is to include 6 credits of professional ethics content.
When? For the 3-years ending 6/30/22, and all 3-year periods thereafter.
" All active licensees will have the same CPE level -- 120 hours per 3-years. When? For the 3-year period ending 6/30/22, and all 3-year periods thereafter . with at least 20 credits in the 7/21 to 6/22 period. A 60-credit catch up provision continues to be available, when changing status.
Other changes (effective 4/1/18)
" Retired status will be available for those retired or disabled, and also for those 60 and older and not providing accounting accounting & auditing, management or financial advisory, consulting, bookkeeping or tax services while holding out as a licensee in the state.
" An owner involved in fraud may be required to divest their firm interest. In the event of a sole owner's death or incapacity, the firm may operate under their name and credential up to a year; supervision may be required.
" Any services that the AICPA Peer Review Program covers would apply to ND firms.
" Various fee ceilings are added, but no fee changes. These provide flexibility to changes fees with revising rules.
" A certificate or permit is considered relinquished at Aug. 31, if not renewed by that time.
For rule change wording, see nd.gov/ndsba/2017rules.pdf.
Bringing all accountants to the
same level of CPE is already required for members of the AICPA. The
change wouldn't be fully in place until the 3-year period ending June
2022. So one could wait 'till the 2021 to 2022 CPE year, but that
year's load would be 120! Also, accountants not in public practice
have options that can modify the new provision -- using the term "inactive"
when using the CPA title, or not using the CPA title (some already
use this approach). There are many learning options available, some
without cost -- including well-known names such as PWC, Robert Half,
KPMG and AICPA. Subscription options are also available that allow
multiple credits at a fixed subscription as low as $95. Rule changes
can be viewed here: 2017rules.pdf, A regulatory
analysis can be seen at regulatory. Info.
is also available at the Board office, 800-532-5904, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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