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1-316.Unlawful acts; penalty. (a) It is unlawful for any person to practice certified public accountancy unless the person holds a Kansas certificate and a valid permit to practice issued by the board pursuant to K.S.A. 1-310, and amendments thereto, or is entitled to practice pursuant to K.S.A 1-322, and amendments thereto.

(b) It is unlawful for any firm to practice certified public accountancy as a certified public accounting firm or CPA firm unless the firm is registered with the board pursuant to K.S.A. 1-308, and amendments thereto, or meets the requirements to be exempt from such registration.

(c) It is unlawful for any person, except the holder of a valid certificate or practice privilege pursuant to K.S.A. 1-322, and amendments thereto, to use or assume the title "certified public accountant" or to use the abbreviation CPA or any other title, designation, words, letters, abbreviation, sign, card or device likely to be confused with "certified public accountant." The use of the term "public accountant" without the word "certified" shall not be interpreted as implying that one is a certified public accountant.

(d) Except as provided by this subsection, no person holding a permit or practice privilege or a firm holding a registration under this act or meeting the requirements to be exempt from such registration shall use a professional or firm name or designation that is misleading as to: (1) The legal form of the firm; (2) the persons who are partners, officers, members, managers or shareholders of the firm; or (3) any other matter. The names of one or more former partners, members or shareholders may be included in the name of a firm or its successor unless the firm becomes a sole proprietorship because of the death or withdrawal of all other partners, officers, members or shareholders. The use of a fictitious name by a firm is permissible if the fictitious name is registered with the board and is not otherwise misleading. The name of a firm may not include the name of an individual who is neither a present nor a past partner, member or shareholder of the firm or its predecessor. The name of the firm may not include the name of an individual who is not a certified public accountant.

(e) It is unlawful for any person, except the holder of a Kansas permit to practice or practice privilege pursuant to K.S.A. 1-322, and amendments thereto, or a valid Kansas firm registration, to issue a report with regard to any attest or compilation service under standards adopted by the board. A reference in a report to auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America is deemed to be a reference to standards adopted by the board. The practice of public accountancy by persons not required to hold a permit to practice, including public accountants, is not prohibited or regulated by the provisions of this act, except for the provisions of this section, K.S.A. 1-308, 1-318 and 1-319, and amendments thereto. The title "enrolled agent" may only be used by individuals so designated by the federal internal revenue service.

(f) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine of not more than $5,000, or to imprisonment for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

History: L. 1951, ch. 1, § 20; L. 1981, ch. 2, § 14; L. 1987, ch. 2, § 6; L. 1989, ch. 1, § 4; L. 1995, ch. 152, § 8; L. 1999, ch. 43, § 1; L. 2000, ch. 81, § 14; L. 2007, ch. 97, § 7; L. 2009, ch. 38, § 11; Apr. 2.



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