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  • CPE Carryover Will Not Apply to CPAs

    Act 116 of 2020 permits boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to allow licensees who earn continuing education credits in excess of the amount required for license renewal to carry over excess credits and apply them to the next biennial renewal period. Unfortunately that does not include CPAs.
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  • CPA Evolution: What’s Next?

    The AICPA is working with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy to enhance CPA licensure through the joint CPA Evolution project that aims to transform the licensure model by recognizing the changing skills and competencies accounting requires today and into the future. This new licensure model will continue to place the CPA profession in the best position to meet the needs of firms, organizations, clients, and the public. It is also flexible enough to evolve as market needs and roles change.
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  • CPA Skills Tests: Supporting the Next Generation of CPAs

    What are the most important skills for a newly licensed CPA as they enter the profession? While the CPA Exam verifies foundational competencies, the roles of newly licensed CPA continue to change with the profession. What we need to do is balance the need of what we consider “foundation” knowledge with the changes that must be introduced because of the work required of newly licensed CPAs.
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  • Thank You, Julian Brodsky! Generous Donation Supports CPA Exam Candidates

    Filling the profession’s pipeline with bright, motivated, young professionals is of strategic importance to all firms and companies that hire CPAs. The Pennsylvania CPA Foundation's CPA Exam Scholarships play a crucial part in ensuring that talent continues to develop.
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  • Coaching vs. Mentoring Your CPA Candidates: The Choice Is Clear

    Building a pipeline of talent is critical to a firm’s longevity and succession. If you’re looking for ways to support employees in passing the CPA Exam beyond providing study materials, consider CPA coaching as a solution.
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  • What's New with the CPA Exam: All-Year Availability!

    The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the American Institute of CPAs announced that the CPA Exam now will be administered all year round. The removal of blackout periods means an increase of 75 more days each year to take the exam.
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  • Navigating the CPA Exam in Times of Crisis

    Taking the CPA Exam in 2020 has proved to be much more challenging than in the past. But don’t let delays, extensions, or coronavirus uncertainty throw you off your CPA course.
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  • The Evolution of the CPA Credential and Licensing

    The AICPA and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy have been discussing a new CPA licensure model for the profession. The model retains most core subject requirements, but also adds a targeted discipline of the test takers choice in a specific area of the profession.
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  • CPA License Renewal: What Do You Do if CPE Falls Short or You Face an Audit?

    If you happen to be a Pennsylvania CPA who either fell short of your biennial education requirements, forgot to renew your license by Dec. 31, or got selected for an audit, we’ve got some helpful instructions on what you should do next.
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  • Occupational Licensing Reform Needs a Guard Against Mishap

    State lawmakers across the country are removing barriers to a person’s right to work in numerous occupations and professions. Some have taken the path of outright elimination of state licensing. The PICPA is taking an active role in protecting the CPA designation so the profession will not be caught flatfooted should similar legislation be brought up for a vote in Pennsylvania.
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  • Time to Renew Your CPA License

    Pennsylvania CPAs: it’s almost time to renew your license through the state’s central licensing website, the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS). It was new last reporting period, so you may have forgotten some of the navigation details. Let this blog be your helpful guide.
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  • What You Need to Know to Reactivate Your Pennsylvania CPA License

    Whatever the reason you decided to place your license on inactive status, it’s time to get your CPA license reactivated.
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  • CPA Exam Offers Quicker Retesting Schedule

    The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy's board of directors recently approved changes as to when and how candidates can sit for the CPA Exam. Check out this adjustment and review some other recent updates.
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  • CPA Exam, Licensing Among Factors Affected by Emerging Technology

    For individuals just entering the profession, advancements in technology will affect more than just work assignments. These breakthroughs will bring changes to CPA licensing as well as alterations to the CPA Exam.
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  • CPAs: Tailor Your Support of Exam Takers to Their Needs

    People seeking to pass the CPA Exam must plan up front with the end in mind, but they also need support, encouragement, and sometimes someone to hold them accountable. But each plan is unique. Partners, managers, and coworkers need to tailor their support to each exam taker's personal journey toward success.
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  • Self-Care Is Essential for CPA Exam Readiness

    To effectively take the CPA Exam, you need more than just what you have learned. You must also be ready mentally and physically. Patricia Hartman, director of client services for the National Association of State Board of Accountancy, discusses steps exam candidates should take as they prepare for the rigors of exam day.
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  • Three Study Tips to Help Prepare for the CPA Exam

    Preparing for the CPA Exam can be a cumbersome process. Hear from one successful test taker about her three main study tips for before taking the CPA Exam.
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  • I Just Passed the CPA Exam. When Do I Need to Take CPE?

    When you initially passed the CPA Exam will determine whether or not you’ll need to complete CPE credits when you apply for your license. This blog explains the requirements.
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  • Zero or 24? Understanding the New A&A CPE Requirements

    The PICPA has received inquiries from several firms regarding the interpretation of Pennsylvania’s new CPE requirements, which were effective Jan. 1, 2018. Specifically, firms are asking for clarification on who exactly is required to obtain 24 CPE hours of accounting and auditing.
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  • Expungement May Soon Be Available for Pa. Licensees

    If you have a minor disciplinary note on your CPA license record, you may be able to expunge that infraction in the very near future.
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