CHAPTER 442
ACCOUNTING EXAMINING BOARD
442.001   Definitions.
442.01   Examining board; duties.
442.02   Certified public accountant, definition.
442.025   Applicability.
442.03   Licenses required.
442.04   Certified public accountants; qualifications.
442.05   Certification by endorsement.
442.07   Requirements for practice as certified public accountant.
442.08   Licensure.
442.083   Renewal.
442.087   Peer review.
442.09   Fees.
442.10   Disclosure of interest in entity reported on.
442.11   Penalties.
442.115   Enforcement actions for violations of this chapter.
442.12   Disciplinary action.
442.13   Ownership of accountant's working papers.
Ch. 442 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See definitions in s. 440.01.
Ch. 442 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also Accy, Wis. adm. code.
442.001 442.001 Definitions. In this chapter:
442.001(1) (1) “Attest service" means any of the following:
442.001(1)(a) (a) An audit or any other engagement that is performed or intended to be performed in accordance with rules promulgated under s. 442.01 (1) (a).
442.001(1)(b) (b) A review of a financial statement that is performed or intended to be performed in accordance with rules promulgated under s. 442.01 (1) (b).
442.001(1)(c) (c) An examination of prospective financial information that is performed or intended to be performed in accordance with rules promulgated under s. 442.01 (1) (c).
442.001(3) (3) “Examining board" means the accounting examining board.
442.001(4) (4) “Firm" means a proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, corporation, service corporation, or limited liability company.
442.001(5) (5) “Member of a firm" means a director, manager, employee, officer, owner, shareholder, principal, or partner of a firm.
442.001 History History: 1999 a. 85 s. 86; 2001 a. 16.
442.01 442.01 Examining board; duties.
442.01(1) (1) The examining board shall promulgate rules that adopt by reference all of the following:
442.01(1)(a) (a) The statements on auditing standards issued by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
442.01(1)(b) (b) The statements on standards for accounting and review services issued by the Accounting and Review Services Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
442.01(1)(c) (c) The statements on standards for attestation engagements issued by the Auditing Standards Board, the Accounting and Review Services Committee, and the Consulting Services Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
442.01(2) (2) The examining board may not adopt a standard or rule relating to professional conduct or unethical practice until the examining board has held a public hearing with reference thereto, subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1). Except for a rule modified under s. 227.265, no rule or standard shall become effective until 60 days after its adoption by the examining board. Any person who has appeared at the public hearing and filed written protest against a proposed standard or rule may, upon the adoption of such standard or rule by the examining board, obtain a review thereof under ch. 227. Thereafter every person practicing as a certified public accountant in the state shall be governed and controlled by the rules and standards prescribed by the examining board, including any modifications under s. 227.265.
442.01(3) (3) The examining board shall record its proceedings.
442.01 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also Accy, Wis. adm. code.
442.02 442.02 Certified public accountant, definition.
442.02(1m) (1m) A person shall be considered to be in practice as a certified public accountant, within the meaning and intent of this chapter, if any of the following conditions is met:
442.02(1m)(a) (a) The person holds himself or herself out to the public in any manner as one skilled in the knowledge, science, and practice of accounting, and as qualified and ready to render professional service therein as a certified public accountant for compensation.
442.02(1m)(b) (b) The person maintains an office for the transaction of business as a certified public accountant or, except as an employee of a certified public accountant, practices accounting, as distinguished from bookkeeping, for more than one employer.
442.02(1m)(c) (c) The person offers to prospective clients to perform for compensation, or performs on behalf of clients for compensation, professional services that involve or require an audit of financial transactions and accounting records.
442.02(1m)(d) (d) The person prepares for clients reports of audits, balance sheets, and other financial, accounting and related schedules, exhibits, statements or reports that are to be used for publication or for credit purposes, or are to be filed with a court of law or with any other governmental agency, or for any other purpose.
442.02(1m)(dm) (dm) The person provides or offers to provide an attest service.
442.02(1m)(e) (e) The person, in general or as an incident to such work, renders professional assistance to clients for compensation in any or all matters relating to accounting procedure and the recording and presentation of financial facts.
442.02(1m)(f) (f) The person signs or affixes his or her name or any trade or assumed name used by the person in his or her business or profession to an opinion or certificate attesting to the reliability of any representation or estimate in regard to any person or organization embracing financial information, financial transactions or accounting records.
442.02(5m) (5m)Subsection (1m) (f) does not prohibit any officer, employee, partner, or principal of any organization from affixing his or her signature to any statement or report in reference to the affairs of that organization with any wording designating the position, title, or office that he or she holds in that organization.
442.02(6) (6) Every member of a firm who, as a member of the firm, does any of the things enumerated in sub. (1m) (a) to (f), shall be considered to be in practice as a certified public accountant.
442.02 History History: 1979 c. 162 ss. 7, 38 (7), (9); 1999 a. 85; 2001 a. 16.
442.025 442.025 Applicability. This chapter does not require a certificate or license under this chapter for any of the following:
442.025(1) (1) Persons employed by a certified public accountant or firm licensed under this chapter to serve as accountants in various capacities, as needed, if all of the following conditions are met:
442.025(1)(a) (a) The employees serving as accountants work under the control and supervision of certified public accountants.
442.025(1)(b) (b) The employees serving as accountants do not issue any statements or reports over their own names except office reports to their employer that are customary.
442.025(1)(c) (c) The employees serving as accountants are not in any manner held out to the public as certified public accountants.
442.025(2) (2) A practicing attorney, who, in connection with his or her professional work renders any accounting service.
442.025(3) (3) A person employed by more than one person for the purpose of keeping books, making trial balances, or statements, and preparing reports, if all of the following requirements are met:
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 57 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before August 11, 2017. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 11, 2017 are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-11-17)