In the State of Florida, what is the process of a Certified Public Account (CPA) complaint?
According to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR), if the complaint is determined to be legally sufficient, an investigation is opened. The CPA is made aware of the allegations, provided with a copy of the complaint that initiated the investigation, and offered an opportunity to respond to the allegations. In the course of the investigation, either the CPA or complainant may be asked to provide additional information.
After the investigation is complete, the documentation is sent to the Office of General Counsel for review and recommendation to the Probable Cause Panel.
The complainant will receive written notification following the General Counsel’s action. A CPA can be disciplined, the case can be closed, or the CPA can be issued a letter of guidance or caution.
If the complaint is not legally sufficient, the complainant is notified in writing with the reason it will not be pursued.
If a complaint filed against a CPA license is found to be legally sufficient, they will be notified and a copy of the complaint, along with supporting documentation, will be provided to the CPA. The CPA will then have 20 days to respond to the allegations.
Remember, your license is your livelihood.
Soreide Law Group is conveniently based in Pompano Beach, Florida. We represent Florida licensed CPA’s statewide before the Florida Board of Accountancy (BOA) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) regarding licensing issues. For more information about professional licensing law please call Soreide Law Group for a no-cost consultation with an experienced attorney at: (888) 760-6552.