Please begin by choosing the correct Complaint Form.
The online form to file a complaint against an individual CPA is Complaint Form - Individual CPA. This form is to be used if you have a complaint against a particular Certified Public Accountant. You will have the opportunity to upload supporting documentation in Adobe format.
The online form to file a complaint against a CPA accounting firm is: Complaint Form - Firm This form is to be used if you have a complaint against an entire firm. You will have the opportunity to upload supporting documentation in Adobe format.
Or use the paper Print & Mail Complaint Form for use in advising this Board of any problems which require its attention. You may type the information directly into the form, print it, and mail it with supporting documentation directly to the Board address on the form. This form can be used against a either a Certified Public Accountant or a CPA Accounting firm.
1. Upon receipt of the complaint, Board staff will log it in to the Complaint system and issue one of the following acknowledgements to the complainant:
2. A copy of the complaint with any supporting documents will also be mailed via Certified Mail to the licensee at the last known address. The licensee will be given 30 days to respond or lose the right to do so.
3. The licensee's response is then mailed to the Complainant.
4. The Complaint is then provide to the Complaint Committee to conduct a reasonable inquiry or investigation and determine the truth and validity of the allegation(s).
5. The Complaint Committee will bring the matter before the entire Board with their recommendation to proceed with a disciplianary action or no probable cause was found.
6. If there is no probable cuase, the Board will dismiss the Complaint or provide an Educative Letter to the licensee.
7. If probable cause exists, Board members may decide to:
8. The hearing may be conducted by one or more Board members or a hearing examiner. A court reporter will transcribe the proceedings.
9. At the hearing, the Board is represented by the Attorney General's Office and the licensee may be represented by an attorney.
10. The Board has the burden of proof, and must provide witnesses and/or evidence
11. After the hearing, the hearing examiner will recommend a decision based on Findings fo Fact and Conclusions of Law to the Board in writing. A copy of the Complaint, the Notice of Hearing and all pleadings, motions, rulings, stipulations, exhbits, transcripts etc. are made available.
12. Board member will review the transcript and recommended decision by the hearing examiner and determine the appropriate level of discipline through a Final Order to the licensee (or the licensee's attorney) by certified mail
13. The Complainant and Licensee are notified of Board actions by letter.
14. The licensee has thiry days to appeal the decision to circuit court.
In many cases verbal complaints are received, but the complainant fails to follow up with a written complaint. The Board cannot conduct an investigation without written submission of the complaint to the Board office.
It should be noted that the Board does not arbitrate fee disputes.
Until Final Action has been taken and made a part of public record, the Board is unable to confirm to any inquirers if any complaints have been received against a specific CPA or PA or an accounting firm.
Please contact the Boad office with any questions regarding these procedures.