TSBPA General Information
October 13, 2021
Firm License Renewals due November 30, 2021 can now be paid Online
Use Online Services for Firms to manage all phases of the annual renewal process.
October 13, 2021
Individual License Renewals due November 30, 2021 can now be paid Online
Use Online Services for Individuals to manage all phases of the annual renewal process.
September 1, 2021
Fingerprint-Based Background Check Updates
If you have not already completed the fingerprint-based background check, Senate Bill 297 extended the deadline for Texas CPAs to September 1, 2022. Licensees who hold the retired or disabled status with the Board do not need to get fingerprinted, unless they seek reinstatement. To check your fingerprinting status or learn how to complete this requirement, simply follow the instructions on your account page after logging into Online Services on the TSBPA website. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
August 24, 2021
Effective September 1, 2021, the overall license renewal fee will be reduced from $75 to $70. The revised $70 fee includes the individual license fee of $60 (decreased from $65), plus the legislatively mandated $10 fee for the fifth-year accounting students scholarship program. The Board is self-sustaining. All direct and indirect costs must be paid from what it collects in license renewal fees, firm registrations, exam fees, sponsor registrations, and other collections.
The following table can be used as a general guide, but your individual fees may vary depending on your specific circumstances, the timing of your previous payments, and your current status with the Board. Please refer to Online Services for Individuals to check your specific status.
March 10, 2021
Prometric COVID-19 Updates
Prometric continues to require everyone appearing at a Prometric testing center to wear an approved face covering for the duration of their time at the location, including test takers and test center staff. According to Prometric, "This policy is in accordance with Prometric's documented Safety Plan and the continuing guidance from leading public health officials including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that wearing face coverings along with other precautions significantly reduces the risk of coronavirus transmission. This provision will remain in force even in jurisdictions that have recently adopted less rigorous COVID-19 policies. Individuals not in compliance with this policy will not be allowed to sit for their scheduled appointment." Visit Prometric's Website for more information.
January 07, 2021
Virtual Recognition Ceremony for New Texas CPAs
The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) produced a virtual recognition ceremony for new Texas first-time CPAs who would have been eligible to attend in-person swearing-in ceremonies that were canceled due to COVID-19 (license numbers 115637 – 117695). We invite you to watch the brief virtual recognition ceremony, which includes responses from special guests. Congratulations to our newest Texas CPAs!
August 25, 2020
Over the past few weeks, Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) staff has been busy packing up and relocating our office to its new location at 505 E. Huntland Drive, Suite 380 in Austin, Texas, 78752. About a year ago, the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) notified our agency that we would need to relocate our office. Since we are a self-directed, semi-independent agency, the TFC specified that we needed to find our own building to lease.
The rising cost of commercial lease space in Austin made finding an affordable office space a challenging task. Unfortunately, it was too cost prohibitive for us to continue to lease office space in downtown Austin. However, we are able to reduce lease costs by sharing some office space with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners at the new location in North Central Austin.
Although our mailing address has changed all of our phone and fax numbers remain the same. Visit our website for a complete listing of contact information for the Board. "I am excited about the opportunity to have new office space and to continue to deliver exceptional service to our licensees, candidates, and the public," said TSBPA Executive Director William Treacy.
July 27, 2020
• Board Eliminates In-Person Class Requirements
An amendment to Board Rule 511.57 allows Texas CPA Exam applicants to take the 30 semester hours of upper level accounting in any format established by the university and has eliminated the required 15 hours of face-to-face accounting courses. More info about requirements for examination
July 1, 2020
• CPA Exam Continuous Testing Begins July 1
Starting July 1, 2020, CPA Exam testing windows will be replaced by continuous testing, allowing candidates to take the Exam year-round. Under the continuous testing model, scores will be released on a rolling basis and candidates will be able to retake a failed section without restrictions. The new model replaces quarterly testing windows that only permitted candidates to test during specified dates. The new continuous testing model provides greater candidate flexibility and convenience, with more than 75 additional testing dates available throughout the year. According to Prometric, 3,465 test events have already been scheduled between September 11-30, 2020, a previous blackout period, signifying increased flexibility and frequency in candidate testing. Visit the AICPA's CPA Exam Score Release page and watch this video for more info.
February 18, 2020
Fingerprint-Based Background Check — Updates
The fingerprinting instructions and process are now available to all licensees.
You can access your specific fingerprinting status and instructions by logging into Online Services on the Board's website. You will also be reminded to complete the fingerprinting requirement when you receive your annual renewal notice. However, there is no need to wait for your renewal month to complete the fingerprinting process. The most common question so far:
My fingerprints were rejected. What do I do now?
When fingerprints are processed by IdentoGO they could be rejected for various reasons. You will need to be fingerprinted again to meet the requirement, but free of charge.Read More information
July 15, 2019
Amendments to the Public Accountancy Act
The Texas Legislature enacted H.B. 1520, effective September 1, 2019. As a result, amendments will be made to the Public Accountancy Act.
June 7, 2019
CPE Rule Revised to Allow for Non-Resident CPE Reciprocity
Board Rule 523.112 - Required CPE Participation has been revised to allow non-resident Texas CPAs to meet this portion of their annual renewal by affirming that they meet the CPE requirements of their home state. Board Rule 523.112 (e)