The American Institute of CPAs congratulates the California Society of CPAs and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs on adopting CPA mobility laws so CPAs with valid licenses in one state can practice in other states without complicated barriers.
The California and District of Columbia victories are especially important because they mean mobility for CPAs now exists in the entire continental United States, as well as Alaska.
The new California law was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Sept. 20, 2012, after unanimously passing the state’s legislature. It is effective July 1, 2013.
Loretta Doon, chief executive officer of the California Society of CPAs, said, “CalCPA fought hard for enactment of a CPA mobility law, and the consistent efforts by our members paid off. It’s wonderful to have accomplished this long-term goal of CalCPA.”
The District of Columbia’s new mobility law was effective on Oct. 1, 2012. While the measure was passed in 2011, it was contingent on passage of the FY 2013 District of Columbia budget. On Oct. 1, 2012 the District’s budget was finalized and the funding needed to implement the mobility law was approved.
Kari Bedell, executive director of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, said, “Our members are delighted to be able to offer mobility to CPAs from outside the District’s borders. It was an effort that took several years, but our persistence was rewarded.”
The AICPA, the state CPA societies, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, individual boards of accountancy, AICPA members and their firms, and the CPAs and firms in 49 states and the District of Columbia have worked collaboratively since 2007 to update state licensing laws to create a uniform mobility system.
For more information about CPA mobility, visit the AICPA’s CPA mobility resources website page.