If your license or CPA-Inactive certificate was revoked or suspended by the board pursuant to the act, you may not use the title CPA or CPA-Inactive until your license or CPA-Inactive certificate is reinstated by the board.
If your registration as a resident nonlicensee firm owner was revoked or suspended by the board pursuant to the act, you may not be a firm owner until your registration is reinstated by the board.
You may request that the board modify the suspension or revocation after three years have elapsed from the effective date of the board's order revoking or suspending your license, CPA-Inactive certificate, or registration as a resident nonlicensee firm owner unless the board sets some other period by order. However, if you made a previous request with respect to the same order, no additional request will be considered before the lapse of an additional three years following the board's decision on the last such previous application for reinstatement.
To request reinstatement of a revoked or suspended license, CPA-Inactive certificate, or registration as a resident nonlicensee firm owner you must provide the board with certain information either by making application through the board's online application system or on a form provided by the board upon request. An application is not complete and cannot be processed until all required information, documents, and fees are submitted to the board.
To request reinstatement, you must submit to the board:
(1) Complete information including your certification that you have:
(a) For those who wish to reinstate a license or CPA-Inactive certificate
: Not used the title CPA during the time in which your license or CPA-Inactive certificate was suspended or revoked; or
(b) For those who wish to reinstate a registration as a resident nonlicensee firm owner
: Not participated as an owner in a CPA firm during the time in which your registration as a resident nonlicensee firm owner was suspended or revoked; and
(c) Met the CPE requirements for reinstatement in WAC 4-30-134
(6), by submitting the documentation to support the CPE claimed;
(2) A listing of all states and foreign jurisdictions in which you hold or have applied for a license, CPA-Inactive certificate, permit, or practice privilege under substantial equivalence;
(3) All applicable fees;
(4) Written substantiation of the reasons constituting good cause for the reinstatement; and
(5) Two supporting recommendations from licensees who have personal knowledge of your activities since the suspension or revocation was imposed.
In considering the reinstatement application, the board may consider all relevant factors, including but not limited to:
(a) The offense for which you were disciplined;
(b) Your activities since the disciplinary penalty was imposed;
(c) Your activities during the time the license, CPA-Inactive certificate, or registration as a resident nonlicensee firm owner was in good standing;
(d) Your rehabilitative efforts;
(e) Restitution to damaged parties in the matter for which the penalty was imposed; and
(f) Your general reputation for integrity, objectivity, and ethical commitment.
If the board decides to consider the merits of your application for reinstatement, in the board's discretion, a hearing may be held following such procedures as the board deems suitable for the particular case. If the board decides that it will not consider the merits of your application for reinstatement, then this constitutes final agency action and there is no further administrative review available to you. As a condition of reinstatement, the board may impose such terms and conditions as it deems suitable.
The board will not consider a request for reinstatement while you are under sentence for any criminal offense, including any period during which you are on court-imposed probation or parole.
If the board approves your application, your status will be posted in the board's licensee data base and, therefore, made publicly available for confirmation. A hard copy of your reinstated credential can be provided upon request.
Your reinstated license, CPA-Inactive certificate, or registration will expire on June 30th of the third calendar year following approval of the reinstatement. The CPE reporting period for your next renewal begins on January 1 of the calendar year in which the reinstatement of your license, CPA-Inactive certificate, or registration was approved by the board and ends on December 31 of the second calendar year following approval of the reinstatement. CPE credit hours utilized to qualify for reinstatement of a license, CPA-Inactive certificate, or registration cannot be utilized for subsequent renewal of your credential.
You may not use the title CPA or CPA-Inactive or hold an interest in a licensed CPA firm as a resident nonlicensee firm owner until your reinstatement application has been approved.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.04.215(2), 18.04.335, 34.05.220. 10-24-009, amended and recodified as § 4-30-126, filed 11/18/10, effective 12/19/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.04.215(2), 18.04.335. 09-01-166, § 4-25-795, filed 12/23/08, effective 1/23/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.04.215(2), 18.04.335, and 34.05.220. 05-01-137, § 4-25-795, filed 12/16/04, effective 1/31/05; 02-04-064, § 4-25-795, filed 1/31/02, effective 3/15/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.04.055(11), 18.04.335 and 34.05.220. 99-18-123, § 4-25-795, filed 9/1/99, effective 1/1/00.]