Press Release



William Roberts

AICPA Congratulates New York State on Enactment of “Mobility” Law Governing Practice of CPAs Across State Lines 

New York Becomes 48th State to Approve Uniform Legislation 
Published August 19, 2011

New York (Aug. 19, 2011) – The following is a statement by Barry Melancon, CEO and president of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants on New York State’s enactment of legislation modernizing regulations to allow CPAs to represent clients across state lines:


"I commend Governor Cuomo for signing New York's new CPA cross-border mobility statute.  This legislation is good for all businesses and acknowledges the rapidly changing business environment in which the CPA profession practices and offers services, both in New York and around the country. I also congratulate the New York State Society of CPAs as well as the many individual CPAs and CPA firms who worked so hard to help the profession reach this new legislative milestone. Many small firms had their voices added to this process through the AICPA and NCCPAP, an association of small firms based in NY."


The AICPA has worked collaboratively since 2007 with state CPA societies, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, individual state boards of accountancy, AICPA members and their firms to update state licensing laws.  The law makes it easier for CPAs to gain practice privileges outside of their home state jurisdiction without obtaining an additional licenses in another state, benefitting  businesses and the economy.   New York becomes the 48th state to adopt such legislation bringing the United States closer to a national uniform mobility system for CPAs, CPA firms and the state boards of accountancy that regulate them.

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