N.J.S.A 45:2B-62 Use of title, designation requires licensure, registration; exceptions.

45:2B-62 Use of title, designation requires licensure, registration; exceptions.

21. a. No person shall use or assume the title or designation “certified public accountant,” or the abbreviation “CPA” or any other title, designation, words, letters, abbreviation, sign, card, or device tending to indicate that the person is a certified public accountant unless that person holds a current license as a certified public accountant under Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.) or qualifies for the practice privilege under section 6 of Phamplet Law 2008, Chapter 45 (45:2B-50.1 Standards for individual with principal place of business out-of-State.).

b. No firm shall use or assume the title or designation “certified public accountant,” or the abbreviation “CPA,” unless otherwise provided for by law, or any other title, designation, words, letters, abbreviation, sign, card, or device tending to indicate that the firm is composed of certified public accountants, unless the firm holds a current registration issued under Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.) or is exempt from registration under section 13 of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-54 Requirements for registration of firm in practice of attest services or public accountancy.).

C. No person shall use or assume the title or designation “public accountant,” or the abbreviation “PA,” or any other title, designation, words, letters, abbreviation, sign, card, or device tending to indicate that the person is a public accountant unless that person holds a current license as a public accountant under Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.).

d. No firm shall use or assume the title or designation “public accountant,” or the abbreviation “PA,” unless otherwise provided for by law, or any other title, designation, words, letters, abbreviation, sign, card, or device tending to indicate that the firm is composed of public accountants, unless the firm holds a current registration issued under Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.).

e. No person or firm shall use or assume the title or designation “certified accountant,” “chartered accountant,” “enrolled accountant,” “licensed accountant,” “registered accountant,” “accredited accountant,” or any other title or designation likely to be confused with the titles “certified public accountant” or “public accountant,” or use any of the abbreviations “CA,” “LA,” “RA,” “AA,” or similar abbreviations likely to be confused with the abbreviations “CPA” or “PA,” unless that person or firm holds a current license or registration issued under Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.), qualifies for the practice privilege under section 6 of Phamplet Law 2008, Chapter 45 (45:2B-50.1 Standards for individual with principal place of business out-of-State.), or is exempt from registration under section 13 of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-54 Requirements for registration of firm in practice of attest services or public accountancy.).

f. No person or firm shall use or assume the title “enrolled agent” or “EA,” unless so designated by the Internal Revenue Service.

g. No person or firm shall use or assume any title or designation that includes the words “accountant,” “auditor,” or “accounting” in connection with any other language, including the language of a report, that implies that the person or firm holds such a certificate, permit, or registration or has special competence as an accountant or auditor, unless that person or firm holds a current license or registration issued under Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.), qualifies for the practice privilege under section 6 of Phamplet Law 2008, Chapter 45 (45:2B-50.1 Standards for individual with principal place of business out-of-State.), or is exempt from registration under section 13 of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-54 Requirements for registration of firm in practice of attest services or public accountancy.), except that this subsection shall not prohibit any officer, partner, member, manager, or employee of any firm or organization from affixing that person’s own signature to any statement in reference to the financial affairs of that firm or organization with any wording designating the positions, title, or office that the person holds in the firm or organization, nor shall this subsection prohibit any act of a public official or employee in the performance of the person’s dutieS.

h. No person holding a license or firm holding a registration under Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.) shall use a professional or firm name or designation that is misleading with regard to the form in which the firm is organized, or about the persons who are partners, officers, members, managers or shareholders of the firm, or about any other matter, except that names of one or more former partners, members, managers, or shareholders may be included in the name of a firm or its successor.

i. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a person or firm holding a certification, designation, degree, or license granted in a foreign country, entitling the holder thereof to engage in the practice of public accountancy or its equivalent in that country, whose activities in this State are limited to the provision of professional services to persons or firms who are residents of, governments of, or business entities of the country in which the person holds that entitlement, so long as that person or firm issues no reports with respect to the financial statements of any other persons, firms, or governmental units in this State, and does not use in this State any titles or designation other than the one under which the person practices in the foreign country, followed by a translation of that title or designation into the English language, if it is in a different language, and by the name of that country.

j. A financial services corporation, the voting stock of which is traded on a recognized exchange or over-the-counter, may use the truthful fact in advertising that the firm employs certified public accountantS.

k. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, it shall not be a violation of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.) for a firm that has not registered with the board and that does not have an office in this State to use the title “CPA” or “Certified Public Accountants” as part of the firm’s name and to provide professional services in this State, and licensees and individuals with practice privileges may provide services on behalf of that firm so long as it complies with paragraph (1) or paragraph (2) of subsection a. of section 13 of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-54 Requirements for registration of firm in practice of attest services or public accountancy.), whichever is applicable. An individual or firm authorized under the provisions of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.) to use practice privileges in this State shall comply with the requirements otherwise applicable to licensees under Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-42 Short title et seq.).

L.1997, C. 259, S.21; amended 1999, C. 215, S.4; 2001, C. 149, S.8; 2008, C. 45, S.5; 2019, C. 10, S.11.

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