Ethics Inquiries and ComplaintsIf you have general questions or wish to make an inquiry, please feel free to call the member listed on the call list for the month or email the committee at email@example.com. Inquiries may be made anonymously and/or without disclosure of the other parties that may be named if a complaint is ultimately filed. You should note, however, that if an inquiry is made with GSCPA, either in writing or by phone, and the inquiry is self-evident of a possible ethics violation, GSCPA may open a case even without your complaint. If you intend an inquiry to be anonymous, which is perfectly acceptable, please be sure to style your questions in a suitable manner.
How to File a Formal Complaint
The Professional Ethics Committee investigates complaints against GSCPA members. All letters of complaint should be mailed to:
The Georgia Society of CPAs
6 Concourse Parkway, Ste 800
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
Attn: Professional Ethics Committee
GSCPA will conduct an initial review of the complaint and, if necessary, an investigation of the matter in accordance with the procedures of the Joint Ethics Enforcement Program. Please note that the procedures of the Joint Ethics Enforcement Program require that an investigation be conducted in a confidential manner and that the results not be made public, with the following exceptions: (a) if after investigation, the matter is referred to a hearing panel of the Joint Trial Board, and the panel finds one or more members guilty of violating the Code of Professional Conduct, or (b) the investigation results in a settlement agreement involving membership rights (i.e. Suspension or expulsion) and the member agrees to publication, the results will be published.
Remember, not every complaint will necessarily result in an investigation and GSCPA cannot open a case for investigation without prima facie evidence that a violation has occurred. So, please be thorough and descriptive in your complaint, should you decide to file one with GSCPA.
To determine whether an individual is a member of GSCPA, please call GSCPA's Member Services Department at 404-231-8676, Opt. 4 or 800-330-8889, Opt. 4.