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Click here for the Notice of Public Comment Period to a Proposed Rule

With the passage of Senate Bill 396, boards and licensing authorities were required to promulgate legislation to allow low-income individuals and military families to apply for a waiver of  initial occupational licensing fees.  This change is outlined in Section 4.1.e. of  Board Rules and Rules of Professional Conduct. To facilitate this change, the following definitions were added:

  • 2.8  "Initial license" means obtaining a license in West Virginia for the profession sought for the first time.
  • 2.9  "Low-income individuals" means individuals in the local labor market whose household adjusted gross income is below 130 percent of the federal poverty line. This would also include any person enrolled in a state or federal public assistance program including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, Medicaid, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • 2.10  "Military families" means any person who serves as an active member of the armed forces of the United States, the National Guard, or a reserve component, honorably discharged veterans of those forces, and their spouses.

Additionally,  the Board made changes to the current rule to provide for year-round CPA Exam testing when launched by AICPA.  The Rule will allow an exam candidate to file an intent-to-sit for an unpassed section of the exam as soon as the candidate receives the non-passing score for that section. The proposed language is less restrictive for the exam candidate and provides an opportunity to pass the exam within a quicker timeframe.

Under 18.1.d, the transfer of exam credit fees for out-of-state exam candidates were decreased in keeping with the fees charged to a West Virginia exam candidate. 

You may review the proposed rule on the Board's web site at: Notice 
The Public Comment Period ends at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019.

All written comments should be directed to:

Or send via U.S. Mail to:
West Virginia Board of Accountancy
405 Capitol Street, Suite 908
Charleston, WV 25301

If you have questions, please contact the Board office at the email address above or by phone at (304) 558-3557.

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