N.J.S.A 45:2B-54.1. Requirements for non-licensed owners

45:2B-54.1. Requirements for non-licensed owners

5. a. A firm registered under P.L 1997, C. 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.) as a firm of certified public accountants or public accountants may have owners who are not licensed as certified public accountants or public accountants if it meets the following requirements:

(1) Nonlicensee owners shall be natural persons or entities, including, but not limited to, partnerships and professional corporations, provided that each ultimate beneficial owner of an equity interest in that entity shall be a natural person materially participating in the business conducted by the firm or entity affiliated with the firm;

(2) The ownership interest of nonlicensee owners shall revert to the firm upon the cessation of any material participation by the nonlicensee owner in the business conducted by the firm or entity;

(3) Persons who are licensed to practice public accountancy in any state or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia shall in the aggregate, directly or beneficially, comprise not less than half of the owners, hold more than half of the equity capital, and possess majority voting rights of the firm; and

(4) Nonlicensee owners shall not hold themselves out as certified public accountants or public accountantS.

b. Except as otherwise permitted by the board, a person shall not become a nonlicensee owner or remain a nonlicensee owner if the person has:

(1) Been convicted of any crime, an element of which is dishonesty or fraud, under the laws of this State or any other state, of the United States, or of any other jurisdiction. A conviction includes the initial plea, verdict, or finding of guilty, pleas of no contest, or pronouncement of sentence by a trial court, notwithstanding that conviction may not be final or sentence actually imposed until appeals are exhausted;

(2) Had a professional license or the right to practice revoked or suspended for reasons other than nonpayment of fees, or has voluntarily surrendered a license or right to practice with disciplinary charges or a disciplinary investigation pending, which license or right to practice has not been reinstated by a licensing agency of this State or any other state, of the United States, or of any other jurisdiction;

(3) Been in violation of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.) or any regulation promulgated by the board under that act.

C. A nonlicensee owner of a licensed firm shall report to the board in writing of the occurrence of any of the events set forth in subsection b. of this section within 30 days of the date the nonlicensee owner has knowledge of the event. The report shall identify the event by the name of the agency or court, the title of the matter, the docket number, and the date of occurrence of the event.

L.1999,C. 215,S.5; amended 2001, C. 149, S.6.

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