The California Society of CPAs is offering a special CPA Activate Pass to help inactive CPAs regain active status.

A new California law requires inactive CPAs or their employers to put the word "inactive" after the CPA designation on business cards, Web sites or other paper or electronic publications. Existing law already prohibits inactive CPAs from performing certain functions, such as doing audits or tax returns for public accounting firms.

CPAs become inactive because they have not maintained continuing professional education requirements. The California CPA Education Foundation's CPA Activate Pass helps CPAs quickly regain active status.

Holders of the Education Foundation's CPA Activate Pass may attend up to 80 hours of live CPE, including webcasts. In addition, the pass provides discounts for certain events, self-study courses and reference materials. The cost for CalCPA members is $889 and $1,249 for nonmembers.

Through Oct. 31, a CPA can join CalCPA as a member for $270, or $125 less than full-price membership. The membership is valid through April 30, 2011.

California CPAs can sign up for the CPA Activate Pass and join CalCPA at

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