The Account Balance / June 2020

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June 2020       

NASBA's CPE Audit Service Now Available

The June 4, 2020 e-mail and the subsequent “correction” e-mail you may have received from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) are valid communications and not an indication that you are or will be audited. NASBA's CPE Audit Service is a new tool you may use that allows you to upload continuing professional education credits (CPEs) you report to the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy. This is a voluntary program and not a requirement of the board. If you would like to participate, follow the directions in NASBA's e-mail to register. NASBA has instructed our board staff to have licensees direct their questions about the CPE Audit Service to NASBA at


Question: I cannot locate my registration number in the e-mail sent by NASBA. What should I do?

Answer: Please contact NASBA at and they will be able to provide you with your registration number.

Question: Have I been selected for audit?

Answer: No, you received an informational e-mail from NASBA informing you that the CPE Audit Service is ready for use.

Question: What happened to my carry-forward hours?

Answer: NASBA’s CPE Audit Service will only have records of the information that you input going forward. It is not able to retrieve any old information from the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy’s database such as carry-forward hours or the history of your CPE that has been claimed.

At this time, please continue to maintain your records, but know that NASBA’s CPE Audit Service is ready for use if you choose to take advantage of that service.

Understanding License Expiration Dates

The Maryland Board of Public Accountancy has given licensees an extension for completing their CPE until October 31, 2020. The revised renewal application has now been completed! Please see below for the updated sections on the application. Licensees can choose whether they would like to report their CPE now while renewing their license or defer reporting until October 31, 2020. Failure to complete reporting by October 31, 2020 may result in penalties, fines and/or license suspension.

Although license expiration dates have been extended to 30 days after Governor Hogan's March 5, 2020 state of emergency proclamation is lifted, your original license date and CPE requirements will remain the same on your next license renewal. For instance, if your original license expiration date was June 5, 2020, and was extended to August 1, 2020 with a CPE extension until October 31, 2020, you will still be required to have completed your 80 hours of CPE (76 general plus 4 ethics) and renewed your license by June 5, 2022 (your next expiration date).

CPA renewal screen 1

If you choose "Yes" the Data Entry Page displays as follows:

CPA renewal screen 2

Filing Unemployment Claims Using the Maryland Department of Labor’s Website

On Friday, April 24, Labor launched BEACON, a new, One-Stop unemployment insurance application to allow Marylanders to file claims for ALL unemployment programs entirely online. This includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, and those who were previously required to file by phone like federal employees, members of the military, individuals who have worked in multiple states, and those who have worked for more than three employers in the last 18 months. To directly access the new BEACON One-Stop application, please visit See the BEACON website to learn more and review the FAQ.

If you have questions about unemployment, please visit our Unemployment Insurance webpage which contains important information and FAQs that will be updated frequently. Additionally, please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses webpage as an important resource. It includes an FAQ that will also be updated regularly.

Contact Us

The offices of the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy currently have limited access to the public. Please be patient with us, as it may take longer than usual to respond to voicemails and e-mails. E-mails are preferable to phone calls at this time. We can be reached using our contacts page for telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of individual staff members, or you may send your concerns to our general e-mail address and your message will be routed to the appropriate person.