State Board of Accountancy Fee Changes

The Board approved fee changes in response to the passage of House Bill 7 (HB 7) by the 84th Texas Legislature. Effective September 1, 2015, HB 7 will eliminate the annual $200 fee for accountants and other licensed professionals in Texas. For most Texas CPAs, your license fees will be reduced by $191 in the coming year. The new renewal fee will be $66 which includes $56 to fund the operations of the Board, and $10 to the fifth-year accounting students’ scholarship trust account. The 84th Texas Legislature eliminated the $200 professional fee after September 1, 2015. However, renewal fee charges accrued prior to September 1, 2015 will continue to include the $200.

The Board will also be impacted by HB 7 and expects a revenue reduction from late payment fees, which are based on the total license fee. The Board also anticipates revenue reductions as a result of the projected number of retiring licensees, as well as CPA Exam expenditures exceeding revenue. As a result of the Board’s projected revenue, expenditures, and fund balances, modest fee increases are necessary to maintain the same level of operations for Texas licensees. Effective September 1, 2015:

  • Professional fee will decrease from $200 to $0
  • Professional fee exemption will no longer be necessary
  • Individual license fee will increase from $57 to $66
  • Firm license fee will increase from $50 to $60 per office
  • Firm organization fee for firms with 2 to 5 CPA employees and non-CPA owners will increase from $0 to $10 per individual count
  • Out-of-state firms will be subject to the organization fee based on their count of CPAs and non-CPA owners in their home state of registration
  • No changes to firm organization fees with six or more CPAs or non CPA owners

Effective October 1, 2015:

  • Retired/disabled fee will increase from $10 to $15
  • Exam application of intent fee will increase from $50 to $60

The Board is self-sustaining. All direct and indirect costs must be paid from what it collects in license renewal fees, firm registrations, exam fees, sponsor registrations, and other collections.



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