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Next Board Meeting

The Board of Accountancy will hold its next regular Board meeting Friday, January 29th, 2021 beginning at 9:00 a.m. virtually through Microsoft Teams. Connection details will follow closer to the meeting.

The purpose of the Board meeting is for the Board to conduct its business. However, to encourage citizen input, the Board's agenda specifically provides an opportunity for the public to give input directly to the Board.

New Board Member Appointment

The Governor has appointed Brooke Stegmeier, CPA as the newest member of the Washington State Board of Accountancy beginning on June 10, 2020, replacing the seat being vacated by long serving Board Member, Thomas Neill, CPA.  Brooke provides a unique perspective derived from her experience in the health care industry. This experience includes dealing with mergers, acquisitions, bond financing, capital projects, and budgeting and forecasting. She has also lead teams working through reorganizations, reductions in force, EMR and accounting system integrations.

Farewell to Outgoing Board Member

It is with heartfelt thanks that we mark the end of Tom Neill’s service to the Board of nearly a decade.  Tom has been a studied and august voice in the Board’s deliberations.  He has a great consideration for public protection, high personal standards, and his passion is evidenced by his vast and ongoing involvement with NASBA and AICPA committees grappling with the hardest issues facing the profession.  To simply express gratitude seems insufficient in this moment, but transitions often leave us at a loss for words as we consider all that has transpired.

Thank you Tom!

A note from the Executive Director on Social Distancing and CPAs

April 9, 2020

Hello everyone,

I have received a number of calls from CPAs regarding the question of operating their public accounting practices while maintaining social distancing.  Many CPAs are receiving calls from clients asking for in-person meetings.  Some CPAs feel that their clients are simply reaching out for social contact, and are asking if they will get fined if they hold in-person meetings?

My answer is twofold:

Paycheck Protection Program

The Washington State Board of Accountancy has received a number of questions from CPAs regarding assisting clients with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications.  AICPA has provided an advisory on the subject matter.

Essential Businesses

With the statewide order to stay-at-home, we understand that many Washington employees and employers are uncertain about the future.  In the Governor’s list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, it states “Professional services, such as legal or accounting and tax preparation services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities and critical sector services” are considered to be essential. Please take care and be safe.

Meeting Update

We greatly appreciate everything people are doing to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.  Starting March 16, 2020, we are directing that in-person group meetings be suspended for the immediate future and held instead via teleconference, Skype, etc.  This includes trainings, board meetings, and other group meetings. 

Thank you for your continued efforts regarding this situation.

CPE Rule Changes Effective January 1, 2020

At the Public Rules Hearing held July 26, 2019, the Board approved changes to five rules and adopted one new rule. The purpose of the rule changes was to incorporate aspects of the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA) CPE model rules and reorganize the CPE requirements between the various CPE rule sections for clarity. The rule changes are effective January 1, 2020.

Please read about the affected rules here: CPE Rule Changes Effective January 1, 2020

Notice of Special Meeting

The Washington State Board of Accountancy will hold a special meeting, which is open to the public. Members of the public who wish to attend should contact the Board office at 360-753-2586 for arrangements. The Board Members will attend by teleconference. Attendance by teleconference is available to the public as well.

Date/Time:      Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.

Location:         711 Capitol Way S Suite 400
                         Olympia, WA 98501           

Recent Board Member Changes

Elizabeth D. Masnari, CPA and Karen R. Saunders, CPA have completed their service to the Board. On behalf of the Executive Director, Board Members, and Board staff, thank you for your years of service and dedication to the profession.

Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Kate Dixon, Public Member, Carol A. Morgan, CPA, and Thomas P. Sawatzki, CPA to serve on the Board. Please help us in welcoming them to the Board. Your commitment to serving the profession is appreciated.