BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY
[Filed August 3, 2020, 8:44 a.m., effective September 3, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: Rule making is needed to:
WAC 4-30-100 and 4-30-102 to: (1) Rename the rule; (2) add requirements from board policy into the rule; and (3) specify the requirements for foreign reciprocity licensure.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 4-30-100 and 4-30-102.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.04.055
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 20-10-106 on May 6, 2020.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: July 31, 2020.
Charles E. Satterlund, CPA
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 10-24-009, filed 11/18/10, effective 12/19/10)
WAC 4-30-100((What are the rules governing))Reciprocity for accountants from foreign countries((?)).
(1) Under the authority provided by RCW 18.04.183
, the board ((may rely
on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy((,
the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), who have jointly established the United States International Qualifications Appraisal Board (IQAB) to eliminate impediments to reciprocity
, or other professional bodies for evaluation of foreign accounting credential equivalency. IQAB serves as the link between the accounting profession in the United States and the accounting professions of other General Agreement on Trade Services (GATS) signatory countries. Through mutual recognition agreements (MRA), covered individuals will have similar provisions within each reciprocal country.
(2) ((Your))The foreign accounting credential may be accepted in partial satisfaction of licensing requirements if:
(a) ((You met))The foreign issuing body's education, examination, and ethical requirements ((used to qualify its domestic candidates))are equivalent to the requirements for licensure in this state;
(b) ((Your))The foreign accounting credential is valid and in good standing at the time ((you apply))of application for a Washington state license; and
(c) The foreign issuing body granting ((your))the foreign accounting credential permits Washington CPAs an equivalent opportunity to receive the foreign accounting credential by reciprocity.
(((d) You demonstrate satisfactory experience within the eight years prior to submitting your application in public accounting or other experience meeting the requirements of RCW 18.04.105 (1)(d).
The board will, by policy, identify acceptable foreign accounting credentials and acknowledge reciprocal agreements with bodies granting foreign accounting credentials.
(3) The board may require a qualifying examination(s) to determine if you possess adequate knowledge of U.S. practice standards and the board's regulations. The board will, by policy, specify the form of qualifying examination(s) and passing grade(s).
(4) You must:
(a) Meet the CPE requirements of WAC 4-30-134 for subsequent renewal of an initial license issued pursuant to the board's authority; and
(b) Achieve and document a passing grade of ninety percent or better on a course covering the complete content of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct.
(5) If you hold a Washington state CPA license or certificate issued through the foreign reciprocity provisions of the act, you must notify the board of any investigations undertaken, or sanctions imposed, by a foreign credentialing body against your foreign credential within thirty days of your receiving notice that an investigation has begun or a sanction was imposed.
(6) If you hold a Washington state license or certificate issued through the foreign reciprocity provisions of the act, you must notify the board within thirty days if your foreign license, permit, or certificate has lapsed or otherwise becomes invalid.))(3) The board requires a qualifying examination to determine if the individual possesses adequate knowledge of United States practice standards and the board's regulations.
(a) The board adopts the International Qualifications Examination (IQEX) prepared and graded by the AICPA as the appropriate examination to test the knowledge of the subject matter unique to the United States, as determined by the AICPA in cooperation with NASBA, of those applicants holding an accounting credential issued by professional credentialing institutes that have established current MRAs with IQAB.
(b) The board will continue to recognize passing grades from the predecessor Canadian Chartered Accountant Uniform CPA Qualification Examination (CAQEX).
(c) The board accepts IQEX grades from examinations administered by other state boards of accountancy or by NASBA.
(d) The board sets the passing score for the IQEX and CAQEX at 75.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 10-24-009, filed 11/18/10, effective 12/19/10)
WAC 4-30-102((How do I apply for an))Initial Washington state license requirements for application through foreign reciprocity((?)).
(1) To apply for an initial Washington state CPA license through foreign reciprocity, you must:
(a) Hold a license in a foreign country that meets the requirements of WAC 4-30-100 and request verification of licensure from the issuing professional accounting organization. The verification must be sent directly to the board from the issuing organization.
(b) Pass an examination meeting the requirements of WAC 4-30-100. You must request from NASBA that verification of exam score be sent directly to the board.
(c) Demonstrate, through completion and submission of the board's experience affidavit, satisfactory experience in public accounting or other experience meeting the requirements of RCW 18.04.105 (1)(d) within the eight years prior to submitting an application for licensure.
(d) Meet the CPE requirements in WAC 4-30-134.
(e) Achieve a passing grade of ninety percent or better on a course covering the complete content of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and submit the course completion certificate.
(2) You must provide all required information, documents, and fees to the board either by making application through the board's online application system or on a form provided by the board upon request. You must provide all requested information, documents, and fees to the board before the application will be evaluated.
(3) Upon assessment of your qualifications and approval of your application, your license status will be posted in the board's licensee database and, therefore, made publicly available for confirmation. A hard copy of your license can be provided upon request.
(4) You may not use the title CPA until your status has been posted to the board's licensee database and, therefore, made available to the public.
(5) Your Washington state CPA license will expire on June 30 of the third calendar year following the calendar year of initial licensure.
((You may not use the title CPA until your status has been posted to the board's licensee database and, therefore, made available to the public.))(6) You must meet the CPE requirements of WAC 4-30-134 for subsequent renewal of an initial license.
(7) You must notify the board within thirty days if your foreign license, permit, or certificate has lapsed or otherwise becomes invalid.