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March 27, 2020

• NASBA Invokes Emergency Testing Period

The 20Q2 testing window will be extended from June 10, 2020, to June 30, 2020. The NASBA/AICPA/Prometric Contract Steering Group has made the decision to invoke an emergency testing period in anticipation of the reopening of Prometric test centers on April 16, 2020, and in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, NASBA will extend all NTSs expiring between April 1 June 30, 2020, until September 30, 2020, and Prometric will waive all rescheduling fees.

March 26, 2020

• Board Temporarily Accepting Electronic Transcripts

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the shelter-in-place orders established for states and municipalities, the Board is temporarily accepting electronic transcripts and e-scripts to document the educational coursework completed and degrees awarded for individuals who submitted the Application of Intent. The electronic transcripts/e-scripts must come to the Board directly from the Registrar's office at the educational institution. Please ask your Registrar's office to send your electronic transcripts/e-scripts to: transcripts@tsbpa.texas.gov.

March 18, 2020

• Due to the increased presence of COVID-19 in the state of Texas, TSBPA offices are closed to any visitors and the public until further notice.

The offices of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy are open and operational, and we will continue to perform the essential functions of our agency while providing the highest level of service possible. Please note that our physical office is not open for visitors. The best way to contact the Board is by email. A list of agency emails can be found here.

March 17, 2020

• Board Grants Extensions in Response to Prometric Test Center Closures

Effective March 18, 2020, Prometric, the CPA Exam testing services provider, will be closing all test centers in the U.S. and Canada and anticipates re-opening centers on April 16, 2020. More Info

March 17, 2020

Critical Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information For Licensees:

The agency has released new information about the annual license renewal process in response to COVID-19.More Info

March 12, 2020

• Board Adopts Emergency Rule Revision to Qualified Accounting Courses in Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy adopted an emergency rule revision to Rule 511.57 Qualified Accounting Courses. The rule revision has eliminated the requirement for candidates to take at least 15 of their 30 semester credit hours of upper division accounting courses from classes held in-person. The Board made the decision to adopt this emergency rule revision because many universities are moving classes online amid COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concerns.

The Board adopted the revision at its March 12, 2020 Board meeting. This change is effective immediately but will not apply retroactively. The emergency rule revision is good for 120 days and may be extended for an additional 60 days by Board action.

March 12, 2020

• Special Notice Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the CPA Exam

Prometric, the CPA Exam testing services provider, has released a special notice regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Candidates who plan to take the Exam within the next six weeks should visit Prometric’s website and check it frequently for updates related to test center closures, candidate safety, test center cleanliness, and frequently asked questions.

February 18, 2020

Fingerprint-Based Background Check — Updates

The fingerprinting instructions and process are now available to all licensees. You can access your specific fingerprinting status and instructions by logging intoOnline Services on the Board's website. You will also be reminded to complete the fingerprinting requirement when you receive your annual renewal notice. However, there is no need to wait for your renewal month to complete the fingerprinting process. The most common question so far:

My fingerprints were rejected. What do I do now?
When fingerprints are processed by IdentoGO they could be rejected for various reasons. You will need to be fingerprinted again to meet the requirement, but free of charge.
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March 10, 2020

Firm License Renewals Due April 30, 2020  Can Now Be Paid Online
UseOnline Services to manage all phases of the annual renewal process.

March 10, 2020

Individual License Renewals Due April 30, 2020  Can Now Be Paid Online
Use Online Services to manage all phases of the annual renewal process.

July 23, 2019

License Fee Schedule Beginning September 2019
The Board has determined the fees to be charged for various applications, services, and annual renewals.

July 15, 2019

Amendments to the Public Accountancy Act
The Texas Legislature enacted H.B. 1520, effective September 1, 2019. As a result, amendments will be made to the Public Accountancy Act.

June 7, 2019

CPE Rule Revised to Allow for Non-Resident CPE Reciprocity
Board Rule 523.112 - Required CPE Participation has been revised to allow non-resident Texas CPAs to meet this portion of their annual renewal by affirming that they meet the CPE requirements of their home state. Board Rule 523.112 (e)

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