New Jersey State Board of Accountancy
The New Jersey State Board of Accountancy handles CPA and firm licensing and CPE compliance. Contact information:
The NJCPA regularly attends the monthly meetings of the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy. Below are highlights from the meetings:
July 21, 2021
New Jersey State Board of Accountancy Executive Director Michela Ross said at the Board’s July 15 meeting that while its Newark office is still not open to the public, staff is beginning to transition back. There is no set date for the office to reopen.
Ross said that although the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be easing, the public must still communicate with the Board via email at email@example.com. All license applications should be sent by email, and applicants will receive a confirmation email back from the Board. If the application is approved, the applicant will receive an invoice from the Board.
She reminded the public that, due to the pandemic, the average wait time for processing an application is two months. Board President Ainsley Reynolds said the Board is trying to shorten response time, but too often the problem is that applicants do not fully follow instructions.
Ross stressed that CPAs and CPA candidates should not try to contact Board members directly but must go through staff. Board members have received inquiries from the public at work, home and their social media sites. Contacting Board members in this manner is an invasion of their privacy and will slow down the process.
October 23, 2020
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and difficulties for CPA Exam candidates, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy, extended the deadline for licensees to complete their CPE for the 2018-2020 triennial period to June 30, 2021 from Dec. 31, 2020. The NJCPA, however, urges all CPAs to complete their CPE by the original Dec. 31 deadline, if possible, since credits taken between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2021, that are applied to the triennial cannot also be counted towards the next triennial beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The Division made the announcement after a recommendation from the NJCPA to extend the deadline. Read more here.
Additionally, CPA Exam credits and Notices to Schedule (NTS) that expire between March 9, 2020, and Dec. 30, 2020, have been extended to Dec. 31, 2020. Read more here. The additional time is in line with other state extensions. The Board cancelled its Oct. 15 meeting.
May 28, 2020
At the New Jersey Board of Accountancy’s May 28 meeting, the NJCPA asked the Board to consider extending several deadlines related to CPE, peer review, CPA candidate notice to schedule (NTS) dates and CPA Exam testing windows. These included the following:
- Extend the end of the triennial CPE reporting period from Dec. 31, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
- Extend peer review deadlines to follow the AICPA's peer review program deadline extensions. The AICPA has granted six-month extensions for peer reviews, corrective actions and implementation plans with original due dates between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2020.
- Provide CPA candidates who have NTS expiration dates between April 1 and June 30, 2020, additional time beyond the current Sept. 30, 2020, extension. To bring New Jersey in line with the majority of other states, we recommend that candidates with NTS expiration dates between April 1 and Dec. 30, 2020, be extended to Dec. 31, 2020,
- Provide CPA candidates who have exceeded or are about to exceed the 18-month window between April 1 and June 30, 2020, an extension to Dec. 31, 2020.