South Carolina Accounting License Defense Attorneys
The practice of Accounting in South Carolina is regulated. Title 40 of the South Carolina Statutes expressly provides for the creating of the South Carolina Board of Accountancy. The Board is tasked with administering and enforcing the law as it applies to a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) and/or Public Accountant (“PA”). If you or a loved one is under investigation with the South Carolina Board of Accountancy, you need an accounting license defense attorney.
As a licensed South Carolina CPA or PA, your accounting license is vital to enable you to support yourself and your family.
Despite your best efforts to work diligently and ethically on behalf of your clients, the reality is that a disgruntled client, colleague, or employee can file a complaint against you with the South Carolina Board of Accountancy. This will prompt an investigation and possible disciplinary action, which may bring lifelong consequences.
Similarly, despite your best effort, your request for a South Carolina Accounting License may be denied.
Many professionals feel that they can handle a South Carolina Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) investigation or request for an initial license on their own. Often, this is not the case. The Strom Law Firm, LLC, is happy to offer assistance and proudly defends South Carolina professional licensing complaints.
Above all, even if the investigator tells you that he or she simply wants to hear your side of the story so that he/she can close the case, you should proceed with caution. Remember, the investigator works for LLR, and is not necessarily looking out for your best interest. Therefore, don’t risk your professional livelihood or your reputation. Contact us today to hear how we can help.
South Carolina Board of Accountancy License Defense
The SC Board of Accountancy investigates and may take disciplinary action for substantiated allegations of misconduct including, but not limited to:
- fraud or deceit in obtaining a license or permit or in connection with the practice of accounting;
- conviction of a felony, or of any crime with an element of dishonesty or fraud under State or Federal law;
- intentional use of a false or fraudulent statement in a document connected with the practice of accounting;
- obtaining fees or assistance in obtaining payments under fraudulent circumstances;
- failing to comply with established professional standards;
- violating of the code of professional ethics adopted by the South Carolina Board of Accountancy or of the AICPA Professional Standards Code of Conduct;
- practicing after failing to renew your license or registration;
- failing to respond to requests for information or to cooperate in a Board investigation;
Similarly, you can be sanctioned by LLR for:
- failing to disclose or disclaim the appropriate license status of a person or entity not holding a license but associated with financial statements;
- engaging in advertising or another form of solicitation or use of a firm named in a manner that is false, misleading, deceptive, or tending to promote unsupported claims;
- the revocation, suspension, reprimand or another discipline of the right to practice by the licensee in any other state or by a federal agency for cause other than the failure to pay an annual registration fee;
- unlicensed Practice of Accountancy including misuse of the term Certified Public Accountant (CPA);
- employing and/or associating with an individual whose license has been revoked or suspended by the Board; or
- engaging in conduct reflecting adversely upon your fitness to perform services as a licensee.
Depending upon the facts of your case, the South Carolina Board of Accountancy may issue a public reprimand, limit the scope of practice of a license or permit holder, impose a hefty administrative fine, place the license holder on probation, or above all revoke the licensee’s right to practice.
Waiting to hire an Accounting License Defense Lawyer can be a big mistake.
In conclusion, if you are needing the assistance obtaining your South Carolina Accounting License, or are being investigated for alleged misconduct, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.803-252-4800