As managing partner of a 60-person firm in Abilene, Texas, whose clients are generally located in West Texas, one might wonder why I feel strongly that CPA mobility is a critical issue for the profession. By CPA mobility, I mean the ability to easily practice across state lines and serve the needs of clients without an undue licensing or regulatory burden.Although the majority of my firm's clients are located in Texas, not all are. And many of those in Texas conduct business or file tax returns in other states. It is important to our practice that we be able to deliver services beyond our state's borders on a timely basis. Unfortunately, the current system of licensing and regulation for CPAs no longer fits with the world in which we practice.

Some might think that mobility is an issue that primarily concerns larger national firms. But many CPAs from firms of all sizes are affected by this issue. Our firm conducts peer reviews in nearly 40 states around the country, and in that process, we have face time with practitioners in firms of various sizes. We hear about mobility concerns and the difficulties of the current regulatory environment from many of them.

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