Dealing With the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (BPA)
Protect your career as an accountant with the help of a license defense attorney
Certified public accountants (CPA) are held to a high standard due to the fiduciary responsibility associated with management of client financial affairs. Should a complaint by filed with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, your license and your reputation are at risk. If your accounting license is under attack, you need to take immediate action to protect it. A professional license defense attorney can help.
Understand the BPA disciplinary process
The BPA process to investigate misconduct allegations is relatively informal, unlike other Texas licensing boards. The complainant may submit a statement with a factual narrative of the allegations. Upon receipt, if there is an allegation of professional misconduct, the BPA Enforcement Division will open an investigation. If notified of misconduct allegations, you have 30 days to respond in writing. Your matter may then be referred to an enforcement committee, the beginning of a long process.
Your matter may include a negotiated agreement or be referred to an informal conference to reach an Agreed Consent Order. If an agreement is not reached, your matter may proceed to hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).
Throughout the process you have rights. For example, you will have the opportunity to present evidence on your behalf at conferences and hearings. An experienced license defense attorney understands the process, knows your rights and will advocate for you. A disciplinary action by the Board can have serious, long-term consequences to your career. Enforcement actions by the Board may include:
- Education requirements
- Corrective action or a reprimand
- Limitation of your practice
- Suspension or even revocation of your license to practice
Immediate action is needed to protect your accounting license. The Bertolino team is your team for action.
It is important to act as soon as you are notified of a complaint. At every step of the BPA disciplinary process, from your initial response to allegations through representation at conferences and hearings, the Bertolino team will work to protect you and your license. Contact us right away and schedule your consultation.