Notice of Intended Action

Attest services; CPA firm licensure; definition of “state”; review of rules, amendments to chs 1, 6 to 8, 10, 13, 14, 20, 21

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ACCOUNTANCY EXAMINING BOARD[193A]

Notice of Intended Action

Twenty-five interested persons, a governmental subdivision, an agency or association of 25 or more persons may demand an oral presentation hereon as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b."

Notice is also given to the public that the Administrative Rules Review Committee may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this proposed action under section 17A.8(6) at a regular or special meeting where the public or interested persons may be heard.

Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code section 542.4, the Accountancy Examining Board (Board) hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to amend Chapter 1, "Definitions," Chapter 6, "Attest and Compilation Services," Chapter 7, "Certified Public Accounting Firms," Chapter 8, "Licensed Public Accounting Firms," Chapter 10, "Continuing Education," Chapter 13, "Rules of Professional Ethics and Conduct," Chapter 14, "Disciplinary Authority and Grounds for Discipline," Chapter 20, "Practice Privilege for Out-of-State Certified Public Accountants," and Chapter 21, "Practice Privilege for Out-of-State Certified Public Accounting Firms," Iowa Administrative Code.

These proposed amendments update the Board's rules to reflect changes enacted by 2017 Iowa Acts, Senate File 237, which amends Iowa Code chapter 542 to authorize out-of-state certified public accounting firms (CPA firms) exercising a practice privilege to perform all forms of attest services, as opposed to only review and compilation services as previously authorized. These proposed amendments also update the Board's rules to allow CPA firms to designate nonlicensee owners as the individuals responsible for CPA firm licensure, consistent with 2017 Iowa Acts, Senate File 237. The proposed amendments also amend the Board's rules to include the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands within the definition of the term "state," consistent with 2017 Iowa Acts, Senate File 237.

The proposed amendments reflect partial compliance with Iowa Code section 17A.7(2), which states that beginning July 1, 2012, over each five-year period of time, an agency shall conduct an ongoing and comprehensive review of all of the agency's rules. The goal of the review is to identify and eliminate all rules that are outdated, redundant, or inconsistent or incompatible with statute or the agency's rules or the rules of other agencies.

Any interested person may make written or oral suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments on or before August 28, 2017. Comments should be directed to Robert Lampe, Executive Officer, Iowa Accountancy Examining Board, 200 E. Grand, Suite 350, Des Moines, Iowa 50309; by telephone at (515)725-9024; or by e-mail to robert.lampe@iowa.gov.

A public hearing will be held at 1 p.m.on Monday, August 28, 2017, at the offices of the Professional Licensing and Regulation Bureau, 200 E. Grand Avenue, Suite 350, Des Moines, Iowa. At the hearing, persons who wish to speak will be asked to give their names and addresses for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of the proposed amendments.

Any person who plans to attend the public hearing and has special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Board to discuss specific needs.

There is no fiscal impact. No current fees are being changed, and no new fees are being imposed.

These amendments are subject to waiver or variance pursuant to 193—Chapter 5.

These amendments were approved at the June 21, 2017, regular meeting of the Board.

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.

These amendments are intended to implement Iowa Code chapter 542 as amended by 2017 Iowa Acts, Senate File 237.

The following amendments are proposed.

Item 1. Amend rule 193A—1.1(542), definition of "State," as follows:

"State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or Guam.

Item 2. Amend subrule 6.1(3) as follows:

6.1(3) CPAs performing attest services, whether the CPAs are certified in Iowa or exercising a practice privilege, must do so in a CPA firm that holds a permit to practice pursuant to Iowa Code section 542.7. However, a CPA exercising a practice privilege who works for or in an out-of-state CPA firm that does not hold a permit to practice under Iowa Code section 542.7 may provide review services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa as long as the firm complies exercising a practice privilege in compliance with Iowa Code section 542.20, subsections 5 and 6, sections 542.20(5) and 542.20(6) and associated rules and the peer review and ownership provisions of Iowa Code section 542.7.

Item 3. Amend paragraph 6.3(3)"c" as follows:

c. Out-of-state CPAs performing attest services while exercising a practice privilege under Iowa Code section 542.20 are not required to individually apply to the board for attest qualification, but the. However, if:

(1)CPAs perform attest services in an Iowa CPA firm in which such attest services are performed, the Iowa CPA firm shall affirm when applying for an initial or renewal firm permit to practice that the CPAs who supervise attest services for the firm or who sign or authorize someone to sign the accountant's report on behalf of the firm, as such attest services are or will in the following year be performed in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa, have been qualified to perform attest services in Iowa or another jurisdiction.

(2)CPAs perform attest services through an out-of-state CPA firm exercising a practice privilege, the out-of-state CPA firm shall affirm upon request from the board that the CPAs who supervise attest services for the firm or who sign or authorize someone to sign the accountant's report on behalf of the firm, as such attest services are or will in the following year be performed in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa, have been qualified to perform attest services in Iowa or another jurisdiction.

Item 4. Amend paragraph 7.1(5)"a" as follows:

a. Designate an Iowa CPA or a person with a practice privilege under Iowa Code section 542.20 a nonlicensee owner who is responsible for the proper licensure of the firm and the firm's compliance with all applicable laws and rules of the state;

Item 5. Amend subrule 7.1(6) as follows:

7.1(6) An out-of-state CPA firm exercising a practice privilege may perform review attest services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa without first obtaining a firm permit to practice in Iowa as long as the firm is validly licensed in the state of its principal place of business, complies with Iowa Code section 542.20, subsections 5 and 6, as amended by 2012 Iowa Acts, Senate File 2122, sections 542.20(5) and 542.20(6) and associated rules, and complies with the peer review and ownership provisions of Iowa Code section 542.7.

Item 6. Amend subrule 7.3(11) as follows:

7.3(11) Affirmation that all CPAs or LPAs who are responsible for supervising compilation services or who sign or authorize someone to sign the accountant's compilation report on the financial statements on behalf of the firm comply with nationally recognized professional standards that are applicable to the compilation services performed in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa.

Item 7. Amend subrule 8.1(7) as follows:

8.1(7) The application shall affirm that all nonlicensee owners are of good moral character and active participants in the firm or an affiliated entity.

Item 8. Amend subrule 10.7(1) as follows:

10.7(1) Every CPA certificate holder or LPA license holder who is responsible for supervising compilation services or who signs or authorizes someone to sign the accountant's compilation report on the financial statements on behalf of a firm shall complete, as a condition of certificate or license renewal, a minimum of eight hours of continuing professional education devoted to financial statement presentation, such as courses covering the statements on standards for accounting and review services (SSARS) and accounting and auditing updates. When required, the financial statement presentation continuing education shall be completed within the three-year period ending on the December 31 or June 30 preceding the application for certificate or license renewal. For credit to be claimed for a course covering multiple topics, a minimum of one hour as outlined in subrule 10.6(1) shall be devoted to financial statement presentation. For example, if a seminar or presentation is conducted for a total of four hours and only one hour is devoted to financial statement presentation, then only one hour shall be claimed toward meeting the requirement of this subrule.

Item 9. Amend subrule 13.4(2) as follows:

13.4(2) Practice privilege. All audit, review, and other attest services performed in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa must be performed through a CPA firm that holds an active Iowa firm permit to practice ; provided that, or through an out-of-state CPA firm exercising a practice privilege may perform review services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa without first obtaining a firm permit to practice in Iowa as long as the firm complies in compliance with Iowa Code sections 542.20(5) and 542.20(6) and associated rules and the peer review and ownership provisions of Iowa Code section 542.7. Unless Iowa certification is specifically required by a governmental body or client, the individual CPAs performing such attest services may either hold an active Iowa CPA certificate or exercise a practice privilege as more fully described in Iowa Code section 542.20. LPAs and LPA firms are not authorized to perform attest services.

Item 10. Amend subrule 13.5(3) as follows:

13.5(3) Mandatory financial statement presentation continuing professional education. In each renewal period in which compilation reports are issued, every CPA certificate holder or LPA license holder who is responsible for supervising compilation services or who signs or authorizes someone to sign the accountant's compilation report on the financial statements on behalf of a firm shall complete, as a condition of certificate or license renewal, a minimum of eight hours of continuing education devoted to financial statement presentation every three years, such as courses covering the Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) and accounting and auditing updates. This requirement is more fully described in 193A—subrule 10.7(1).

Item 11. Amend paragraph 14.3(5)"c" as follows:

c. Performing attest services as an individual without proper certification or attest qualification, or without acting through a CPA firm holding a permit to practice pursuant to Iowa Code section 542.7or exercising a practice privilege pursuant to Iowa Code section 542.20.

Item 12. Amend paragraph 14.3(5)"d" as follows:

d. Performing attest services as a firm without holding a permit to practice pursuant to Iowa Code section 542.7or exercising a practice privilege pursuant to Iowa Code section 542.20, or without ensuring that the individuals responsible for supervising attest services or signing or authorizing someone to sign the accountant's report are attest qualified, hold the required certification or are eligible to exercise a practice privilege, or otherwise performing attest services in a manner inconsistent with Iowa Code chapter 542 and 193A—Chapters 6 and 7 or the rules of the board.

Item 13. Amend rule 193A—20.5(542) as follows:

193A—20.5(542) Attest and compilation services.

20.5(1) Individuals providing audit, review or other attest services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa must practice through a CPA firm that holds an active permit to practice pursuant to Iowa Code section 542.7; provided that, or through an out-of-state CPA firm exercising a practice privilege may perform review services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa without first obtaining a firm permit to practice in Iowa as long as the out-of-state firm is validly licensed in the state of its principal place of business, complies with Iowa Code section 542.20, subsections 5 and 6, as amended by 2012 Iowa Acts, Senate File 2122, sections 542.20(5) and 542.20(6) and associated rules , and complies with the peer review and ownership provisions of Iowa Code section 542.7. Unless Iowa certification is specifically required by a governmental body or client, individual CPAs performing such attest services through an out-of-state CPA firm may either hold an active Iowa CPA certificate or exercise a practice privilege as more fully described in Iowa Code section 542.20. Individuals who provide such attest services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa through an out-of-state CPA firm exercising a practice privilege must provide such services through a certified public accounting firm that is validly licensed in the state of its principal place of business, complies with Iowa Code sections 542.20(5) and 542.20(6) and associated rules, and complies with the peer review and ownership provisions of Iowa Code section 542.7.

20.5(2) Individuals providing compilation services in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa must comply with the peer review provisions of Iowa Code section 542.6(6), or provide such services through a CPA or LPA firm, or a substantially equivalent firm that holds a valid license in the firm's principal place of business and that complies with the peer review and ownership provisions of Iowa Code section 542.7 or 542.8.

20.5(3) Individuals who provide reviews of financial statements, as provided in Iowa Code section 542.3, subsection 1, in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa must provide such services through a certified public accounting firm that is validly licensed in the state of its principal place of business and that complies with the peer review and ownership provisions of Iowa Code section 542.7.

Item 14. Amend subrule 21.3(2) as follows:

21.3(2) Iowa licensure is required if:

a. The firm performs or offers to perform attest services, other than review services, in Iowa or for a client with a home office in Iowa; or

b. The the firm has one or more offices in Iowa at which the firm uses the title "CPAs," "CPA firm," "certified public accountants," or "certified public accounting firm."

Item 15. Rescind rule 193A—21.5(542) and adopt the following new rule in lieu thereof:

193A—21.5(542) Attest and compilation services. Unless otherwise required by rule 193A—21.3(542), attest and compilation services may be performed by an out-of-state CPA firm exercising a practice privilege as long as the out-of-state firm is validly licensed in the state of its principal place of business, complies with Iowa Code sections 542.20(5) and 542.20(6) and associated rules, and complies with the peer review and ownership provisions of Iowa Code section 542.7.

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