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  • State Board Proposed Regulatory Changes Impact CPE and Experience Verification

    The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy (SBOA) published on June 13, 2015 proposed regulatory changes for CPAs to implement the two most recent amendments to the PA CPA Law (Act 73 of 2008 and Act 15 of 2013) and to clarify civil penalties for CPE violations. Included in the proposals are revisions to CPE requirements for all licensees as well as clarification for how a CPA candidate’s experience should be verified.
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  • What You Need to Know when Reactivating Your Pennsylvania CPA License

    Whatever the reason you decided to place your license on inactive status, it’s time to get your license reactivated and join the business world again.
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  • A Simple, Low-Cost Option for Meeting the 150-Credit-Hour Requirement

    I once met a senior accounting major who was behind in her 150-credit-hour requirement and needed to complete them before beginning her job. The CLEP was her ticket to earning credits quickly and inexpensively.
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  • Now Is the Best Time to Take the CPA Exam

    Many have theorized about the reason for why fewer accounting graduates are sitting for the exam. While the trend may set off alarms for executives and hiring managers within the profession, it may actually be great news for new accounting graduates and exam candidates.
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  • Are Soft CPA Exam Results in 2014 Something to Worry About?

    There were more than 100 fewer successful candidates in Pennsylvania in 2014 than in 2013. The decline cannot, however, be explained by fewer people applying to take the exam, at least in Pennsylvania, because there were actually slightly more new candidates than in the past two years.
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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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