Illinois temporarily suspended a provision of a law that would have required CPAs licensed in other states to register in Illinois even to do something as simple as complete an Illinois state tax return for a client, regardless of whether the CPA or client ever entered the state.
In a September 28 letter to Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, then-AICPA board chair Leslie Murphy and President and CEO Barry Melancon said: “The AICPA recognizes and supports the intent of the [Illinois Public Accountancy Act] and subsequent regulations which were to enhance consumer protection, while at the same time allow for greater mobility for out-of-state CPAs who provide professional services in Illinois.” They questioned the approach the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) had taken in implementing the law, which became effective October 1.
“At a time when states across the country are working to eliminate barriers for CPAs by embracing the concept of substantial equivalency, Illinois’ approach is putting new and additional obstacles in place,” the two AICPA leaders said.
On September 29 the IDFPR adopted an emergency rule exempting CPAs licensed in another state from registering in Illinois “so long as the individual CPA is temporarily practicing in [Illinois] incidental to practice in another state and does not solicit Illinois clients nor have a physical presence in Illinois.”
The emergency rule will be in effect until a permanent rule is adopted after a rule-making and comment period that is expected to take place before the end of the year.