(a) After notice and hearing pursuant to § 20-280c, the board may revoke any certificate, license or permit issued under § 20-281c, 20-281d or 20-281e or the practice privilege of an individual who qualifies under § 20-281n; suspend any such certificate, registration, license, practice privilege or permit or refuse to renew any such certificate, license or permit; reprimand, censure, or limit the scope of practice of any licensee or individual that qualifies for the practice privilege; impose a civil penalty not exceeding fifty thousand dollars upon licensees, individuals who qualify for the practice privilege or others violating provisions of § 20-281g or place any licensee or individual that qualifies for the practice privilege on probation, all with or without terms, conditions and limitations, for any one or more of the following reasons:

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 20-281a

  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.

(1) Fraud or deceit in obtaining a certificate, registration, license, practice privilege or permit;

(2) Cancellation, revocation, suspension or refusal to renew authority to engage in the practice of public accountancy in any other state for any cause;

(3) Failure, on the part of a holder of a license or permit under § 20-281d or 20-281e, to maintain compliance with the requirements for issuance or renewal of such license or permit or to report changes to the board under subsection (h) of § 20-281d or subsection (f) of § 20-281e;

(4) Revocation, limitation or suspension of the right to practice before any state or federal agency or the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, or any of the following actions taken by any such state or federal agency or said board against a licensee or individual who qualifies for the practice privilege: (A) Suspension of or barring a licensee from serving as a corporate officer or director, (B) requiring such individual or licensee to disgorge funds, or (C) suspension or barring such individual or a licensee from association with a public accounting firm;

(5) Dishonesty, fraud or negligence in the practice of public accountancy or in the filing or failure to file his own income tax returns;

(6) Violation of any provision of sections 20-279b to 20-281m, inclusive, or regulation adopted by the board under said sections;

(7) Violation of any rule of professional conduct adopted by the board under subdivision (4) of subsection (g) of § 20-280;

(8) Conviction of a felony, or of any crime an element of which is dishonesty or fraud, under the laws of the United States, of this state, or of any other state if the acts involved would have constituted a crime under the laws of this state, subject to the provisions of § 46a-80;

(9) Performance of any fraudulent act while holding a registration, certificate, license, practice privilege or permit issued under sections 20-279b to 20-281m, inclusive, or prior law;

(10) Any conduct reflecting adversely upon the licensee’s fitness to engage in the practice of public accountancy; and

(11) Violation by anyone of any provision of § 20-281g.

(b) In lieu of or in addition to any remedy specifically provided in subsection (a) of this section, the board may require a licensee or individual who qualifies for a practice privilege to: (1) Submit to a quality review conducted in such fashion as the board may specify; or (2) complete such continuing professional education programs as the board may specify, or both.

(c) In any proceeding in which a remedy provided by subsection (a) or (b) of this section is imposed, the board may also require the respondent to pay the costs of the proceeding.