NASBA / AICPA Accepting Comments on Proposed Revisions to CPE Standards Statement
NASBA and the AICPA have issued as an Exposure Draft proposed revisions to the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards). Published jointly by NASBA and the AICPA, the Standards provide a framework for the development, presentation, measurement and reporting of CPE programs. The public comment period for the Exposure Draft ends October 1, 2015. See the document for how to contact NASBA or AICPA.
After deliberate consideration of need and subsequent effective presentation of rationale, the Board successfully recommended to the Legislature the adoption of changes to the statutes that the Board is charged with enforcing. Bills by primary authors Senators Rest and Saxhaug and Representative Gunther that contained changes to attest language and a civil penalty increase were introduced, passed by both Houses, and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton on May 23, 2015.
Minnesota’s statutes regarding the term attest will now match those recommended in the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA). This clarity and consistency in language between Minnesota statute and those of other jurisdictions will benefit both practitioners and Minnesotans seeking attestation services.
In a session with intense scrutiny on taxpayer increases of any kind, both Houses of the Legislature recognized the need for an increase in the Board’s civil penalty authority from $2,000 to $5,000. The Board has investigated and resolved several egregious cases of fraud, theft, and diversion of funds by individuals holding CPA credentials. The increase in civil penalty serves as a heightened deterrent to anyone licensed as a CPA and contemplating unethical or illegal conduct. The Board remains stalwart in its protection of the public.
The Board extends thanks to the Minnesota Society of CPAs, the Minnesota Association of Public Accountants, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy for information and assistance provided during the legislative process.
The revised statutes containing the above changes are effective August 1, 2015.
IRS Statement on the "Get Transcript" Application
The IRS has announced that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application.
The Board Report
The most recent (Spring 2015) issue of the Board's newsletter is available online.
The 2015 renewals are available for CPAs, RAPs, and Sole Proprietor firms. Renewing this year are:
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.
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**:|
|Certificates of completion for carryback hours||6/30/2015||$50|
|12/31/2014||$200||2015 CPA certificate renewal form and required fees||6/30/2014||$350|
|12/31/2013||$500||2014 CPA certificaterenewal form and required fees||6/30/2013||$650|
|7/31/2013||$625||7/31/2013 CPEreporting form and required fees|
|12/31/2012||$775||2013 CPA certificaterenewal form and required fees||6/30/2012||$950|
|7/31/2012||$925||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 July 2015.
Minnesota Rule 1105.3000 (E)(2014)