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New state law could cause delays in CPA license renewals

Renew Your CPA License Today

New state law could cause delays.

Renewing your CPA license by December 31st is more important now than ever before.

The Georgia Society of CPAs has been keeping a close watch on Georgia’s new Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 – or House Bill 87 (the Bill) which passed last spring. Section 17 of the Bill requires individuals applying for public government benefits, which include professional licenses, to present a “secure and verifiable” form of identification such as a driver’s license or passport. It also requires the licensee to submit a signed, notarized “affidavit.” These provisions will force staff at the Secretary of State’s office to attach copies of these identification documents to about 256,000 applications for licenses next year.

According to the Secretary of State’s office it currently takes 25 to 30 days to process new licenses and about two weeks for renewals. The increased paperwork could delay turnaround times by 90 to 120 days.

 “The GSCPA is committed to helping all CPAs keep their licenses active and up to date. This bill is likely to cause delays in acquiring licensure for all lapsed CPAs as well as all new licensees come the first of 2012.The GSCPA is working to help find solutions to this problem.,” said Boyd Search, GSCPA CEO.

The new requirements are set to take effect on January 1, 2012; therefore, the GSCPA is urging members to renew their licenses with the Georgia State Board of Accountancy by midnight on December 31st in order to remain current and prevent any future delays.

To renew online, click here: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/mylicense/Login.aspx?process=ren

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