Florida CPA License Defense

Florida CPA License Defense

Jeffrey S. Howell Attorneys at Law can help defend Certified Public Accountants from Florida's regulating agencies, potentially saving you costly fines or even license revocation.  

We have over six (6) decades of experience helping licensed professionals like you handle complaints seeking strict, costly penalties and discipline.

Let us help you.

We can:

  • Provide advice on what is required to obtain or renew your license.
  • Create an application packet for a license from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR).
  • Assist you with complying with audit requirements promptly.
  • Review your Administrative Complaint and all other documentation.
  • Gather the necessary records.
  • Prepare a legally sufficient response to your Administrative Complaint and file your Election of Rights.
  • Represent you before DBPR, professionally present your case, and mitigate circumstances to argue for reduction to your discipline.

As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida, you are subject to numerous regulations.

Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law is a full-service law firm, with offices in Tallahassee, Orlando, Sarasota, and Tampa. The attorneys of Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law have over six decades of experience in representing clients throughout the State of Florida. Having an experienced attorney with knowledge of state government, state regulations, administrative law, and license law can benefit you.

Our law firm is here to help you with all your CPA Licensing needs, including:

  • Licensing applications and denials: There are specific requirements you must meet to attain your CPA license. The key to an approved application is a well put together application packet. If you do not meet the requirements or submit a subpar application packet, you risk having your license application denied. We can assist you in obtaining the required documentation and creating a diligent application packet.
  • Licensing renewals: To maintain your CPA license, all licensees must comply with post-licensing or continuing education requirements. Also, all licensees must pay the necessary renewal fees.
  • Delinquent Licenses: Is your license status delinquent? Or null and void? In addition to the requirements above, delinquent license holders must complete penalty continuing professional education credits. Null and void license holders must meet the new rule requirements and successfully retake the CPA examination. Let us help you get your license reinstated and get you back to work! We do not want you to go through this process alone. We can guide you through this process and can assist with difficulties that may arise.
  • Audit: Were you chosen for an audit? Do not worry. We can help you respond to the audit promptly. If you do not comply with an audit, you risk violating the Public Accountancy Practice Act, which could subject you to disciplinary action by the Board of Accountancy. We can help you avoid fines, probation, or suspension of your license.
  • Complaints/Administrative Complaints: You may find yourself on the wrong end of a complaint filed against your license with DBPR. Has DBPR issued an administrative complaint against your license? Many licensees ask: Should I ignore the complaint? Should I talk to the Department’s attorney? Should I accept the first settlement offer? Should I handle the situation alone? Why is this happening? Our firm can help guide you through answering these difficult questions. We understand that receiving an administrative complaint is a difficult time. Let us work on your behalf to pinpoint the issues and assist you throughout the entire process. We will assist you with responding to the complaint and appear on your behalf for trial at the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH). Your license is too important to risk any further disciplinary action. Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law can help you.
  • Current Changes: The COVID-19 pandemic has altered access to testing centers, the continuing education requirements, and the audit and renewal procedures. Let Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law guide you through obtaining and maintaining an active, unencumbered CPA license.
Need advice? You are not alone. We are here to help you! Call Jeffrey S. Howell, Rickey L. Strong, or Thomas Buchan for a FREE Consultation today at the law firm of Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law at (850) 877-7776.
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