Minnesota Board of Accountancy

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Key Information for Prospective and Current Licensees


Executive Committee Will Meet August 3

The Board will hold an Executive Committee Meeting on August 3 at 8:00am in the Board office.

Post-Hearing Comment Period on Proposed Rule Changes Closes August 15

In accordance with hearing procedure, a post-hearing comment period has opened on Rule Package Revisor ID Number R-04392. Any interested party may submit additional comments on the proposed rule package to the Office of Administrative Hearings (AOH) by no later than 4:30 pm, Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Additional procedural information can be found in the Dual Notice document available on the Board's Rulemaking page.

Cyber Criminals Targeting Tax Professionals

The IRS warns tax professionals that account takeover attempts are on the rise.

CPE Earning Deadline Was June 30

To be compliant with Board rules and avoid fees, CPE must be earned by June 30.

If you have your hours completed, you can enter them at any time through Online Services or wait until you renew in the fall (by December 31). If you are short and must complete carryback hours, note that late-earning fees accrue until the Board receives your documentation.

Governor Dayton Appoints Sowah, Reappoints Vekich to Board

The Governor recently announced his appointments to the Board of Accountancy:

Godson Sowah

Godson Sowah, CPA, is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP, providing IT risk and advisory services to Fortune 500, middle-market and multinational organizations. Recent awards include 2016 St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year and Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 2016 Titans of Technology honoree. He is President of the National Association of Black Accountants Minnesota Chapter. His community work includes serving as President of the Board for Avenues for Homeless Youth and as Program Director for the Accounting Career Awareness Program. Both on the job and in the community, he provides mentorship and support around building a culture of diversity and inclusivity.

Michael Vekich

Michael Vekich, CPA, currently serves on the Board as Secretary/Treasurer and as Chair of the Complaint Committee. He is CEO of Vekich Chartered in Minneapolis. Other state appointments include Member At-Large and Contact and Chair for the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Be Aware of "Board of Accountancy" Email Phishing Scam

The Board is hearing of the re-emergence of a general (not specific to the Minnesota Board) scam that purports to be a message from the Board regarding your license and that includes an attachment.

The Board does not send notices requiring reply or response by email regarding your license status. All communications of that nature are delivered only by mail.

If you receive such a message, do not open the attachment. You may also want to consider contacting your company's IT department to alert them to this scam.

You can safely check your license status directly on the Board website by using "Find a CPA." Contact the Board if the status there does not match your records.

2017 Late Renewal

Those renewing after December 31, 2016, are reminded that, in addition to the regular licensing fee, a $50 delinquency fee as well as any CPE late reporting fees will apply. All unrenewed licenses, registrations and permits expired December 31, 2016.

  • Those renewing as Inactive status may still use Online Services. Payment is by Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
  • ALL OTHERS must use paper (PDF) forms that can be completed electronically, printed, and then mailed in. When submitting a paper form, payment must be by check (no cash or credit card).

Answers to questions concerning renewal can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

You can check to see if your license, permit or registration has been renewed using "Find a CPA" (Individual or Firm). Search by your last name or license number. If you were renewed, your expiration will read "12/31/2017."

Allow a few days before expecting your expiration information to update on "Find a CPA." If your expiration date does not update as expected, please contact the Board.

Notice Regarding CPE Standards

The Board has not changed its rules to reflect the new 2016 Statement on Standards. At this time the Board does not accept nano learning nor does it accept partial-hour credits except as specfied in the 2012 Statement on Standards.

2012 Standards (PDF)

Practice Continuity Information Kit Available

AICPA and NASBA have created a document aimed at assisting sole proprietors and other small firm owners consider and create a plan around practice continuity in the event of the death or incapacity of the firm's principal member.


Continuing Professional Education Reporting Fee Chart

Either the left or the right fee column for any given year will apply. If you are noncompliant in more than one year; you owe the applicable fee for each year.

Examples (rates valid only for August 2017):
• Failed to complete CPE on time for 2016 and reported late for 2015: Total fee is $900.
• Reported late for 2016 but earned CPE in proper timeframe: Total fee is $225.
• Failed to report CPE on time in 2015 and 2016 but earned it both year in the proper timeframe: Total fee is $750.
• Reported late for 2014 and 2015 and failed to complete on time in 2016: Total fee is $1725.
Reported CPE late but earned the CPE during the proper timeframe, use these columns: Failed to complete CPE in proper timeframe (and so also did not report it on time), use these columns:
Failed to report CPE by: Fee is**: Complete and/or submit: Failed to complete CPE by*: Fee is**:
  Certificates of completion for only those hours earned after 6/30/2017 and required fees** 06/30/17 $75
06/30/16 $225 Certificates of completion for only those hours earned after 6/30/2016 and required fees** 06/30/16 $375
12/31/15 $525 2016 CPA certificate renewal form* and required fees** 06/30/15 $675
12/31/14 $825 2015 CPA certificate renewal form* and required fees** 06/30/14 $975
*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/postmarked by AUGUST 2017.
MN Rule 1105.3000 (E)(2016)

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