The Board adopted a policy to accept NASBA International Evaluation Services (NIES) as the sole evaluator of foreign accounting experience for licensure in West Virginia.
The Board adopted a policy for priority processing of licensure applications for military families. Active duty, recently retired service members, or their spouses will be allowed to indicate on the Board's licensure applications their current active military status The goal is to speed up the licensure process for our active military families by moving their applications to the front of the line for processing.
The Board has a long-standing position that CPA employees may not use, display nor in any way inform the public or promote the fact that one holds a CPA certificate or is a currently licensed CPA if one is employed by an organization that renders bookkeeping or tax services but is not a recognized CPA or PA firm. Because one is employed by an employer who is not a CPA firm, the use of the CPA designation by the employees must be carefully limited so as not to mislead the public as to the ownership and qualifications of the employer firm.
The Board adopted a policy regarding the use of the CPA designation used in the residential white pages listing in the phone directory. The Board agreed that the listing of an unlicensed CPA with the CPA designation in the residential white pages of the written telephone directory was permissable. However, an unlicensed CPA could not be listed in the white business pages or the Yellow Pages of the phone directory with the CPA designation. Such a listing would be "holding out" to the public and in violation of the Accountancy Law.
Applicants who have filed completed reciprocal applications for licensure are deemed qualified to practice in West Virginia for a period of ninety (90) days or until the Board has acted upon the application (whichever is sooner).
Board staff has received several inquiries whether the Board will be providing blanket extensions of the CPE requirement and CPA license and firm permit renewals.
Should it become necessary to close State Offices in an attempt to prevent further spread of the virus, Board staff have made arrangements to work remotely from their homes. On a limited basis, we will be able to answer any questions via email or through the Contact Us form on the Board’s web site. Board staff will also have the capability to process CPA Exam, licensure and firm applications, as well as Intents-to-sit and CPE Reporting Forms.