The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) announced the launch of CPAverify.org – a website featuring a central database of state licensee information about CPAs practicing across the nation. Populated by official state regulatory data received from State Boards of Accountancy, the site is free and open to the public. In its initial launch, CPAverify.org will include licensee data for 22 states and will add additional states regularly.
A national database of this kind has been in high demand for some time as corporations, individuals, CPA firms and organizations such as the IRS and PCAOB have expressed a need for up-to-date access to CPA records across multiple jurisdictions. To address this growing need in the marketplace, CPAverify was designed as an outward-facing version of an internal CPA database that has been in operation by NASBA for several years but only available for use by authorized state board personnel.
“With database platforms, data processes, privacy policies and freedom of information laws varying from state to state, it is quite an undertaking to synchronize all those various data feeds into one useful tool that can be available to help support the state boards with public protection and enforcement efforts,” says David Costello, NASBA President and CEO. Whether sourcing talent to fill open positions or searching for the ideal CPA to assist with an income tax return, CPAverify.org will provide individuals and organizations alike a convenient and credible way to research whether a CPA is officially licensed in a particular state without having to search each state board site individually. The tool also goes one step further by providing general license history for CPAs.