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New York CPAs Face Registration Deadline

July 14, 2009

With only about 11 days to go, about half of New York State CPAs have not yet registered with the state in accordance with a new accounting reform law that Governor David Paterson signed in January.

The bill requires them to register by July 26, but according to the New York State Society of CPAs, only about half the 70,000 CPAs in the state have signed up. NYSSCPA president David Moynihan told Crain’s New York that many CPAs are not used to making a change so quickly in the way they practice. The new law requires not only some new regulations but it also includes some new CPE requirements, including at least 24 hours of concentrated study in a subject such as tax, or at least 40 hours of general study in a variety of subjects.

Time for a lot of New York CPAs to start cracking the books, signing up for seminars (the NYSSCPA conferences have been even more crowded than usual lately) and, most importantly, registering with the state.

Avoid registering as a CPA in New York? Fuhgeddaboutit!

Comments (2)
Hi, Phil. Here's info from the FAQ on the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions site (

1. We're an out-of-state public accounting firm; will we need to register to practice in New York under the new law?

Any firm that provides the services defined in State Education Law Section 7401 1 and 2, including but not limited to attest or compilation services in New York, or that uses the title "certified public accountants," or the letters "CPA," or "CPAs," in connection with its name must register with the State Education Department.
Posted by MikeCohn | Tuesday, July 21 2009 at 2:32PM ET
If we practice outside New YOrk but prepare NY returns for clients operating in the state do we need to register with NY?
Phil Levitt
Posted by philev | Wednesday, July 15 2009 at 4:09PM ET
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