Minnesota Board of Accountancy

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Lifson Appointed to the Board

On May, 4, 2023, Governor Tim Walz appointed Todd Lifson, CPA, to a four-year term with the Board of Accountancy.

Mr. Lifson is a Partner with EisnerAmper and has more than thirty years of comprehensive business experience. He specializes in highly complex audit, tax, and merger acquisition engagements. Mr. Lifson is also an advisor to many boards of clients, helping them navigate primarily financial matters and advising on operational items, succession issues, leadership changes, and growth strategies. He has worked with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) and served as a project manager for the development of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) manual.

Lifson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Selcer Reappointed to the Board

On May, 4, 2023, Governor Tim Walz reappointed Charles Selcer, CPA, to another four-year term with the Board of Accountancy.

Mr. Selcer currently serves as Board Chair. He is a shareholder in Schechter Dokken Kanter Andrews & Selcer Ltd. Mr. Selcer has served on the MNCPA Ethics Committee and the AICPA Technical Subcommittee (Ethics). He is a former recipient of MNCPA’s R. Glen Berryman Award.

Board Approves CPA Exam "Transition" Credit Extension

The Board voted at the September 2022 meeting to automatically extend section credits for anyone sitting for the exam as a Minnesota candidate with UNEXPIRED credits as of January 1, 2024. The expiration date for those "as of January 1, 2024 unexpired" credits will be extended through June 30, 2025.

Minnesota candidates to whom this would apply will not need to request an exception from the Board; the extension will be automatically granted.

The move, being undertaking by other state boards as well, is to ease the transition from the current Uniform CPA Exam format and structure to the new exam. See the NASBA Credit Extension Map for more details on other states granting extensions.

Get Your Renewal Application in Today!

All licenses and permits with a 12/31/2022 expiration date have expired.


You must be in compliance with Minnesota rules and statutes to hold out or practice.

To renew for 2023, use the appropriate PDF form available in the "Forms" section of the website. Complete and mail in with your check or money order. (Only Inactive status renewing as Inactive can still use Online Services to renew.)

If you wish to go Exempt or Retire, or are seeking Reactivation or Reinstatement, see the separate (not Renewal) forms for those statuses/processes in the "Forms" section of the website.

All late renewals or status changes now include a $50 delinquency fee, in addition to any license/permit fee.

Those earning and/or submitting CPE late also have CPE late fees. These accrue monthly, based on the postmarked date the Board receives your certificates of completion and fee. See the CPE chart below for details.

"Am I Renewed for 2023?"

To check your renewal status, use the "Find a CPA/CPA Firm" lookups, which are on the Board's main website. You (or your firm) will show up as "Expired" if expired or with a "12/31/2023" expiration date if renewed.

If you only just submitted the renewal application, add an appropriate number of delivery days (if mailed) plus 2-3 business days for processing before checking, as the renewal may otherwise still be in progress.

License Cards for Current CPA Licensees and SP Firms Now Available Through Online Services

The Board is no longer mailing license or permit cards upon renewal. Current Active and Inactive status licensees may instead log into Online Services and print a PDF version of their license card. Sole proprietors whose firm permit number is the same as their individual license number can also print a copy of their firm permit.

Log in to Online Services, then select the "License Card" tab (see image). If a card is available, you will see a "print" option. Note that if you have only just recently renewed or become licensed, the card may not be available (or may not show your new expiration date) for 3-5 business days.

When you select "print" a PDF is generated. Where the file saves or how it displays will depend upon the browser/browser settings you use. Lines on the 8 1/2 x 11 printout indicate where to cut to create the traditional oversized and wallet-sized cards.

No license/permit cards are available for CPA firms or RAPs/RAP firms. To verify your status and expiration, use Find a CPA (individuals) and Find a CPA Firm (CPA and RAP firms).

Beware of Email Phishing

The Minnesota Board has learned that a phishing message claiming to be from the Minnesota Board regarding "licensee fee changes" has been circulating. The Board sent no such message (and there are no fee increases). If received, follow the best practices at your firm for dealing with suspicious emails.

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If you haven't already signed up for the Board's email communications (The Ledger eNews), do it today. No fear of email clutter: The Board only emails when significant Board-related news occurs or deadlines relevant to your licensure approach—such as renewals.

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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 2023):
• Failed to complete CPE for reporting year FY23 on time (June 30, 2023): $100.
• Failed to complete CPE for FY22 (2023 renewal): $400.
• Reported late for 2022 renewal (after 12/31/21) and failed to complete CPE in proper timeframe for 2023 renewal (after 6/30/22): $950.

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: Submit: Failed to complete CPE by**: Fee is:
    Certificates of completion for only those hours earned after 6/30/2023 and required fees** 06/30/23 $100
 12/31/22  $250 Certificates of completion for only those hours earned after 6/30/2022 and required fees** 06/30/22 $400
12/31/21 $550 Certificates of completion for only those hours earned after 6/30/2021 and required fees** 06/30/21 $700
12/31/20 $850 Certificates of completion for only those hours earned after 9/30/20201and required fees** 06/30/20  $900

* If a non-Minnesota resident claiming exemption from CPE reporting under MN Rule 3100, Subp. 3, you must claim the exemption by the reporting deadline or be subject to the same fees as those late reporting hours.

** If you completed CPE hours after the earning deadline(s), you must include copies of the certificates of completion for those hours.

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