The New Jersey Law & Ethics course no longer satisfies the ethics requirement in New York if your principal place of business is in New York. In January, the New York State Board of Public Accountancy voted and approved a change to the state’s ethics program guidelines
. Previously, a CPA licensed in multiple jurisdictions could use an ethics course in another state to satisfy the ethics requirement in New York. Under the new rule, if your principal place of business is in New York state and you are licensed in New York, you MUST
take a New York ethics course to satisfy your ethics requirement. However, CPAs licensed in multiple jurisdictions including New York, who have a principal place of business outside of New York, can satisfy New York’s ethics requirement by taking an ethics course in the CPA's primary state of practice. If you’ve already taken the four-hour New Jersey Law & Ethics course, the credits will satisfy your New Jersey ethics requirement and the credits for that course may be used toward your overall New York CPE credit requirement. If you have questions about your personal situation, you may call the New York State Board at 518-474-3817 (Choose Option #1, then extension #160).