Minnesota Board of Accountancy

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Key Information for Prospective and Current Licensees

2018 Renewals Are Open

See the "News" story below for details or go to Online Services. (Click on this message to close it.)


E-Payment for Renewals Unavailable Sunday Overnight

Due to regular maintenance, the e-payment portion of the Board's Online Services system will be unavailable Sunday, September 24, from 12 midnight to 5 a.m. Renewals cannot be completed during that time. However, CPE may be entered.

2018 Individual Renewals Are Now Open

Renewals are now available for CPA and RAP individuals and CPA sole proprietors. (CPA and RAP firm renewals open in early October and firms will be contacted by mail).

All licenses, registrations and permits expire December 31, 2017. EVERYONE must renew this year. For those with CPE reporting requirements, that reporting must be submitted prior to or along with your renewal.

Online Services is the quick and easy electronic means for individual CPAs and Sole Proprietors* to renew. The Board accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover Card as online payment methods.

Paper forms that can be completed electronically, printed, and then mailed are also available under Forms. When submitting a paper form, payment must be by check (no cash or credit card). Please note: RAPs, firms other than sole proprietors, and those seeking Exempt status or surrendering their license must use the paper renewal option.

*Those specific sole proprietors who must undergo peer review also must use the paper renewal option.

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

October Complaint Committee Meeting Canceled

The Complaint Committee meeting previously scheduled for October 11, 2017, has been canceled.

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

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.

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.

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 September 2017):
• Failed to complete CPE on time for 2016 and reported late for 2015: Total fee is $950.
• Reported late for 2016 but earned CPE in proper timeframe: Total fee is $250.
• Failed to report CPE on time in 2015 and 2016 but earned it both year in the proper timeframe: Total fee is $800.
• Reported late for 2015 and 2016 and failed to complete on time in 2017: Total fee is $900.
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 $100
06/30/16 $250 Certificates of completion for only those hours earned after 6/30/2016 and required fees** 06/30/16 $400
12/31/15 $550 2016 CPA certificate renewal form* and required fees** 06/30/15 $700
12/31/14 $850 2015 CPA certificate renewal form* and required fees** 06/30/14 $1000
*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 SEPTEMBER 2017.
MN Rule 1105.3000 (E)(2016)

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