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  • The Next Generation of the CPA Exam

    It has been determined that the expectations of newly licensed CPAs are shifting, so the AICPA developed an initial blueprint of the content needed to meet these expectations. It was also determined that preparing CPAs for the real world could be done by testing higher level skills through enhancements to the CPA Exam.
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  • Right from the Source- CPA Exam Advice from NASBA

    One NASBA department that every CPA candidate should get to know is the Candidate Care Department. This group serves as the advocate for individuals pursuing the CPA Exam.
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  • Are You Surrendering a Competitive Advantage?

    Top-performing accounting students with a desire to be successful in public accounting create a master plan that maps out the best path to take to fulfill all CPA Exam prerequisites by the time they begin full-time employment at a public accounting firm.
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  • Four Options Prospective CPAs Have to Meet the Education Requirement

    Accounting students need to know that CPA license applicants need 150 credit hours to become a CPA in Pennsylvania. These students need to decide how they are going to complete those hours. The law is written so that accounting majors can choose the path that best meets their interests, career opportunities, and personal goals. With careful planning,l students can complete this requirement in four years.
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  • Your PICPA Scholarship Questions Answered

    The 2014 PICPA scholarship application is now available. If you are an accounting major in Pennsylvania, don’t miss out on the chance to get some cash to help fund your education.
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  • CPE Requirements and License Renewals for PA CPAs

    As the CPA reporting deadline approaches, you’re meeting filing deadlines and reminding clients to save paperwork at the same time that you must complete your CPE requirements and renew your CPA license.
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  • Act 15 Opens Licensing Opportunities, but Do You Need CPE First?

    If you passed the CPA Exam in 2012-2013, you are able to get a license without obtaining CPE for the 2014-2015 license period. If you passed the exam prior to 2012, and are applying for your initial license after Oct. 1, 2013, you will need 80 hours of CPE. You will receive a license for the 2014-2015 period.
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  • CPA Final’s Time Approaches

    In the State Board of Accountancy newsletter dated April 2013, the State Board highlights its recent rules and regulation changes applicable to CPE. One obvious change is with respect to ethics.
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  • CPA Law Changes, New Requirements Set for August

    Act 15 of 2013 permits CPA candidates to attain their required experience through employment in public practice, industry, government, or academia. In addition, the experience can come from providing any type of service or advice that involves the use of accounting, attest, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills.
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  • Free CPE: If It’s Free, It’s for Me!

    The PICPA offers our members a free service to schedule courses in their offices, which we call on-site training. A lot of our members may not know that this service is available.
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  • Recovering from the 2011 Exam Recession

    It has taken several long years for the economy to finally gain some traction. Thank goodness it didn’t take that long for the CPA Exam to recover in Pennsylvania.
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  • Want to Know for Sure if You Qualify to Sit for the CPA Exam?

    Future exam candidates in Pennsylvania can now submit a pre-evaluation form to NASBA before they officially apply to take the CPA Exam.
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  • State Board of Accountancy Adopts New Regulations

    The four-hour ethics requirement was previously announced by the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy and communicated to our members. The PICPA has been preparing for this, and we’ve developed numerous options for you to obtain these credits.
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  • Chocolate Chip CPE

    We are the subject of persistent assumptions and rumors surrounding our decision to use e-materials in lieu of paper materials. This decision was not an easy one, by any stretch of the imagination.
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  • CPA Experience Requirement – Change Approved Unanimously in the House

    On Friday, June 29, 2012, the Pennsylvania House voted 199-0 to approve PICPA-supported amendments to the Pennsylvania CPA Statute to change the experience requirement necessary to become a CPA.
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  • State Board Announces Firm License Amnesty, Plus Other Disciplinary Issues

    The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy put a special notice on its website that announced an amnesty program that provides unlicensed firms with an opportunity to voluntarily register for a firm license in accordance with the CPA Law.
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  • Is It Finally Time to Revise the Experience Requirements to Become a CPA?

    As a result of a recommendation made by the PICPA Statute Revision Task Force, Rep. Gordon Denlinger, CPA, introduced HB 2354 to amend the Pennsylvania CPA Statute to update the type of experience required to become a CPA in Pennsylvania.
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  • Is Ethics In, or Is It Out?

    There’s been a lot of confusion regarding the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy’s ethics requirement, or lack thereof, the past few years. The confusion related to whether the requirement was necessary to renew your CPA license for the biennial period that just ended Dec. 31, 2011, or for the reporting period ending Dec. 31, 2013.
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  • Pennsylvania’s Not So Successful Candidates

    You may or may not be aware that the education requirements to become a CPA in Pennsylvania recently changed.
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