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  • Notice of Public Comment on a Proposed Rule


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

    With the passage of House Bill 118 on June 17, 2019, boards and licensing authorities were required to promulgate legislation to regulate and make consistent the consideration of prior criminal convictions in initial licensure determinations.  The proposed rule requires a rational nexus between prior criminal convictions considered by the licensing authority and the profession for which the initial licensure is sought.  In determinining whether a criminal conviction bears a rational nexus to the accounting profession, the Board shall consider: 

    4.1.d.10.a. The nature and seriousness of the crime; 
    4.1.d.10.b. The passage of time since the commission of the crime;
    4.1.d.10.c. The relationship of the crime to the ability, capacity, and fitness required to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the accounting profession; and
    4.1.d.10.d. Any evidence of rehabilitation or treatment undertaken by the applicant.

    The Public Comment Period ends at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

    It also requires the Board to allow a potential applicant who has not previously applied for licensure to petition the board at any time for a determination of whether the individual's criminal record will disqualify him or her from obtaining a license. The applicant may submit with the petition evidence of rehabiliation, letters of reference, adn any other information the applicant deems relevant to show fitness and the ability to practice as a Certified Public Accountant.  It requires the Board to provide the applicant with such such determination within sixty (60) days.  The fee for the eligibility determination is $150.00 and upon acknowledgment of eligibility  the fee will be deducted from the applicable initial licensure application fee. 

    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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    Today, Governor Justice appointed Harold B. Davis, CPA to the West Virginia Board of Accountancy.
  • Two West Virginia Exam Candidates Win the Elijah Watt Sells Award

    The West Virginia Board of Accountancy is proud to announce that Sarah Henderson and Cailin Yoho Thompson are winners of the prestigious American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The Elijah W. Sells Award is bestowed annually by the Institute to candidates who obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all sections of the CPA Exam and who passed all four sections of the Exam on the first attempt. Candidates are eligible for the award in the year following the year in which the Exam was completed.  Sarah Henderson is a graduate of the University of Charleston with a BS in Accounting and Finance.  Cailin Thompson is a graduate of West Virginia University with a BS in Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from West Virginia University.  Both winners are employed by Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC -- a West Virginia accounting firm. Congratulations Sarah and Cailin on your incredible performance on the CPA Examination!
  • Changes to Scheduling an Appointment for Criminal History Record Check

    IdentoGO released information regarding its launch of an online scheduler for licensure applicants.
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