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Summer 2021 newsletter available

The Virginia Board of Accountancy’s newsletter, Accrued Interest, is now available online. The summer 2021 issue is filled with news and updates from the last few months. Articles include information tailored to individual licensees, firms and CPA exam candidates.

The summer issue includes information celebrating the centennial of the first Black CPA, a former Chair being honored, Inactive status requirements, and much more.

The newsletter remains one of the VBOA’s central sources of communicating to the accounting professionals. The VBOA distributes Accrued Interest twice each year, in January and in July.

Contact Kelli Anderson, VBOA Communications Manager, at kelli.anderson@boa.virginia.gov or at (804) 367-1586 with any comments and suggestions.

Also, please do not forget to look back at the VBOA’s previous newsletters.

License renewals open for 2021

The license renewals opened on March 1, 2021, for individuals and firms.

All Virginia CPAs who hold an Active or Inactive license and all CPA firms must renew their license annually by June 30, 2021. 

The annual renewal fee for an individual license is $60 and the renewal fee for a firm license is $75.

Login to renew on the VBOA website at https://cpaportal.boa.virginia.gov/eGov.

Please contact the VBOA by email at boa@boa.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 367-8505 with any questions regarding renewals.

Winter 2021 newsletter available

The Virginia Board of Accountancy’s newsletter, Accrued Interest, is now available online. The winter 2021 issue is filled with news and updates from the last few months. Articles include information tailored to individual licensees, firms and CPA exam candidates.

The winter issue includes information on new ethics course options in 2021, license renewals, the AICPA launching the cpa.com domain and much more.

The newsletter remains one of the VBOA’s central sources of communicating to licensees and exam candidates. The VBOA distributes Accrued Interest twice each year, in January and in July.

Contact Kelli Anderson, VBOA Communications Manager, at kelli.anderson@boa.virginia.gov or at (804) 367-1586 with any comments and suggestions.

Also, please don’t forget to take a look back at the VBOA’s previous newsletters.

2021 VBOA-approved ethics course provider applications now open

The 2021 VBOA-approved ethics course provider application is now available online.

The VBOA will approve all providers and courses ahead of time and it will be the CPAs responsibility to choose an ethics course from a VBOA-approved provider starting on Feb. 1, 2021.

Providers and CPAs can review the frequently asked questions about the new ethics format along with questions about the application process for new providers.

Virginia-Specific Ethics Course – Changes coming in 2021

Board members voted on May 21, 2020, to provide more options to the Virginia-Specific Ethics Course beginning Feb. 1, 2021.

The two-hour annual requirement will remain the same. All licensees (excluding those approved for the Inactive status) will still complete a VBOA-approved ethics course that complies with VBOA regulation 18VAC5-22-90

Every VBOA-approved ethics course will now include the VBOA Segment. The VBOA Segment will be a video covering one or more topics the VBOA has determined should be covered in every VBOA-approved ethics course. The VBOA Segment will include timely regulatory and/or policy changes, as necessary

The VBOA will approve all providers and courses ahead of time and it will be the CPAs responsibility to choose an ethics course from a VBOA-approved provider.

This revised format appeals to CPAs in different types of practices and industries and is consistent with what other state boards of accountancy offer.

Currently, there is only one Virginia-Specific Ethics Course offered each year and all CPAs are required to take the same course.

More information will be available later this year.

Governor names Bernas to Board

Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Jay Bernas, of Virginia Beach, as the newest Board member of the Virginia Board of Accountancy.

Bernas was appointed as the Public Board Member and serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at HRSD. HRSD serves 20% of Virginians by ensuring future generations inherit clean waterways.

He handles all finance and budget activities while integrating his engineering expertise with financial modeling and analysis.

Bernas began his four-year term on July 1, 2020, and succeeded previous Board member Matthew Bosher.

Summer 2020 newsletter now available

The Virginia Board of Accountancy’s newsletter, Accrued Interest, is now available online. The summer 2020 issue is filled with news and updates from the last few months. Articles include information tailored to individual licensees, firms and CPA exam candidates.

The summer issue includes information on the newest Board members, changes coming to the 2021 Virginia-Specific Ethics Course, impacts of COVID-19 on the profession, the launch of CPA exam continuous testing and much more.

The newsletter remains one of the VBOA’s central sources of communicating to licensees and exam candidates. The VBOA distributes Accrued Interest twice each year, in January and in July.

Contact Kelli Anderson, VBOA Communications Manager, at kelli.anderson@boa.virginia.gov or at (804) 367-1586 with any comments and suggestions.

Also, please don’t forget to take a look back at the VBOA’s previous newsletters.

Virginia Governor appoints new Board member

Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Wendy Pace Lewis, CPA, as the newest Board member of the Virginia Board of Accountancy. Lewis, of Hanover, is a Partner at KPMG.

Lewis begins her four-year term on July 1, 2020, and will succeed current Board member Stephanie Saunders, CPA.

Gov. Northam also announced Laurie Warwick, CPA, Managing Director of Ernst & Young in McLean, as reappointed for a second term on the VBOA that begins on July 1.

Pass/fail courses for CPA exam candidates

The VBOA will accept any course taken as Pass/Fail as long as the student receives earned semester hours for the successful completion of the course. The completed course must be on an official transcript from an appropriately accredited university, college or community college.     

Other educational requirements can be found at https://boa.virginia.gov/cpa-exam/requirements/.