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Massachusetts CPA requirements state that you can sit for the exam with 120 semester credit hours, but you have to earn the full 150 credits to get your CPA license.
The working experience varies depending if you would like to have a “reporting” or “non-reporting” license. Please find the explanation below.
The requirement is different for full license and non reporting license. Massachusetts CPA requirements state that non reporting license allows you to perform all accounting services except issuing reports on financial statements.
Here is a direct quote from MA state board website (FAQ page) on the definition of non reporting license:
If the candidate has no CPA experience or no report (attest) experience in his/her public accounting experience, the privileges of their license will be restricted to all accounting services, except issuing reports on financial statements. This restriction is designated as a non reporting license, but only the Board and the non reporting licensee will be aware of this restriction unless a member of the public were to inquire. The actual license itself has no restriction on it and we rely on the licensee to provide this information to clients or other members of the public if they are presented in their practice of public accounting with a potential report engagement. The non reporting licensee should review 252 CMR 3.01(5) and make a decision to upgrade the license to be able to perform report services.”
(i) Non-reporting license
(ii) Reporting License
*Launched in Apr 2016* The NASBA Experience Verification service is now available to those who do not have access to an active U.S. CPA for verification.
CPE is needed for license holders. Click here for Massachusetts CPA CPE courses for details.
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