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Hiring a CPA or Tax Expert – verifying licensure

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As part of your due-diligence process when hiring a CPA or Tax expert, you should verify licensure of the professional.  The following CPA and Enrolled Agent resources should be helpful.

What is a CPA?

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the statutory title of qualified accountants in the United States who have passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and have met additional state education and experience requirements for membership in their respective professional accounting bodies and certification as a CPA.  (from wikipedia.org)

CPA Licensure

All CPA candidates must pass the Uniform CPA Examination to qualify for a CPA certificate and license (i.e., permit to practice) to practice public accounting. While the exam is the same no matter where it’s taken, every state/jurisdiction has its own set of education and experience requirements that individuals must meet. (from the American Institute of CPAs)

What is an Enrolled Agent?

Enrolled agents (EAs) are America’s Tax Experts. EAs are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.  “Enrolled” means to be licensed to practice by the federal government, and “Agent” means authorized to appear in the place of the taxpayer at the IRS. Only enrolled agents, attorneys, and CPAs have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. The enrolled agent profession dates back to 1884 when, after questionable claims had been presented for Civil War losses, Congress acted to regulate persons who represented citizens in their dealings with the U.S. Treasury Department. (from the National Association of Enrolled Agents)

Verify a CPA

http://www.cpaverify.org

State Boards of Accountancy

  • Alabama Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Alaska Alaska State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Arizona Arizona State Board of Accountancy
  • Arkansas Arkansas State Board of Accountancy
  • California California State Board of Accountancy
  • Colorado Colorado State Board of Accountancy
  • Connecticut Connecticut State Board of Accountancy
  • Delaware Delaware State Board of Accountancy
  • District of Columbia District of Columbia Board of Accountancy
  • Florida Florida Board of Accountancy
  • Georgia Georgia State Board of Accountancy
  • Hawaii Professional and Vocational Licensing Division
  • Idaho Idaho State Board of Accountancy
  • Illinois Illinois Board of Examiners
  • Indiana Indiana Board of Accountancy
  • Iowa Iowa Accountancy Examining Board
  • Kansas Kansas Board of Accountancy
  • Kentucky Kentucky State Board of Accountancy
  • Louisiana State Board of CPAs of Louisiana
  • Maine Maine Board of Accountancy
  • Maryland Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Massachusetts Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy
  • Michigan Michigan Board of Accountancy
  • Minnesota Minnesota State Board of Accountancy
  • Mississippi Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Missouri Missouri State Board of Accountancy
  • Montana Montana State Board of Public Accountants
  • Nebraska Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Nevada Nevada State Board of Accountancy
  • New Hampshire New Hampshire Board of Accountancy
  • New Jersey New Jersey State Board of Accountancy
  • New Mexico New Mexico State Board of Public Accountancy
  • New York New York State Board for Public Accountancy
  • North Carolina North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners
  • North Dakota North Dakota State Board of Accountancy
  • Ohio Accountancy Board of Ohio
  • Oklahoma Oklahoma Accountancy Board
  • Oregon Oregon State Board of Accountancy
  • Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy
  • Rhode Island Rhode Island Board of Accountancy
  • South Carolina South Carolina Board of Accountancy
  • South Dakota South Dakota Board of Accountancy
  • Tennessee Tennessee State Board of Accountancy
  • Texas Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Utah Utah Board of Accountancy
  • Vermont Vermont Board of Public Accountancy
  • Virginia Virginia Board for Accountancy
  • Washington Washington State Board of Accountancy
  • West Virginia West Virginia Board of Accountancy
  • Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services–Certified Public Accountant
  • Wyoming Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants