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Board of Accountancy
85 E. 7th Place, Suite 125
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-296-7938
Fax: 651-282-2644
TTY: 800-627-3529
Office Hours: 8-4:30 M-F

IRS Launches Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers

Online tool offers new option to help taxpayers.


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IRS Fact Sheet: Understand Who You Pay to Prepare Your Tax Return

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2015 Renewals

The 2015 renewals are available for CPAs, RAPs, and Sole Proprietor firms. Renewing this year are:


  • All CPAs whose last names begin with I-P
  • All CPAs who were initially certified in 2014
  • CPAs who renewed after January 1, 2014
  • RAPs
  • All firms

    New this year! The Board accepts Discover Card as an online payment method.


    Answers to your questions concerning your renewal can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions link below.





    CPE Reporting Update

    Effective January 1, 2014, ALL licensees holding an active certificate must report their CPE hours by DECEMBER 31st of each year.


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    Meeting Notices

    The December 11, 2014 Complaint Committee meeting has been cancelled.



    The Board Report

    The most recent issue of the Board's newsletter - Spring 2014


    Rule Package

    The Board published the Notice of Adoption in the April 21, 2014 State Register. The rules are effective as of April 28, 2014.

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    Continuing Professional Education Reporting

    If you failed to report CPE by: The noncompliance fee is: Complete and submit: If you failed to complete CPE by*: The noncompliance fee is**:
    12/31/2014 $75 2015 CPA certificate renewal form and required fees 6/30/2014 $225
    12/31/2013 $375 2014 CPA certificaterenewal form and required fees 6/30/2013 $525
    7/31/2013 $500 7/31/2013 CPEreporting form and required fees    
    12/31/2012 $675 2013 CPA certificaterenewal form and required fees 6/30/2012 $825
    7/31/2012 $800 7/31/2012 CPEreporting form and required fees    
    *If you completed CPE hours after the June 30th deadline(s), you must include copies of the certificates of completion for those hours.
    **The above-referenced fees reflect the rates if submitted in February 2015.
    Minnesota Rule 1105.3000 (E)(2012)


    Legislative Changes

    During the 2013 Legislative Session, the Legislature passed a Bill that modified licensure and renewal requirements for CPAs and CPA firms.




    Licenses for individuals will expire EVERY YEAR on December 31st. The three-year renewal cycle will be phased out beginning with licenses issued or renewed after January 1, 2014.

    • If your license expires on December 31, 2013 and you renew on time, your license will be renewed for three years and will expire on December 31, 2016.
    • If you renew late, your license will be renewed for one year and will expire on December 31, 2014.
    • Licenses with an expiration date of December 31, 2014 or later will be renewed for one year upon expiration.

    Firm Names


    A CPA firm that is a network firm, as defined in the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, may use in its name a common brand name or network name part, including common initials. When offering or rendering services that require independence under AICPA standards, the firm must comply with the AICPA code’s applicable standards on independence.


    Fee Changes (Effective August 1, 2013)


    Renewal of Active Certificate: $100/year

    Renewal of Inactive Certificate: $25/year

    Renewal of RAP firm permits: $100/year

    Initial issuance of certificate (new license): $150


    Sole practitioner firm permits remain: $35/year