1.  The board may refuse to issue any license or permit required pursuant to this chapter for one or any combination of causes stated in subsection 2 of this section.  The board shall notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal and shall advise the applicant of the applicant’s right to file a complaint with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621.

 2.  The board may file a complaint with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621 or may initiate settlement procedures as provided by section 621.045 against any certified public accountant or permit holder required by this chapter or any person who fails to renew or surrenders the person’s certificate, license or permit for any one or any combination of the following causes:

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 326.310

  • Board: the Missouri state board of accountancy established under section Missouri Laws 326.256
  • Certificate: a certificate issued under section Missouri Laws 326.256
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Incompetent: if used in a section in a context relating to actual occupational ability without reference to a court adjudication of incompetency, means the actual ability of a person to perform in that occupation. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • License: a license issued under section Missouri Laws 326.256
  • Licensee: the holder of a license as defined in this section. See Missouri Laws 326.256
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • PCAOB: the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. See Missouri Laws 326.256
  • Peer review: a study, appraisal or review of one or more aspects of the professional work of a licensee or certified public accounting firm that performs attest or compilation services, by licensees who are not affiliated either personally or through their certified public accounting firm being reviewed pursuant to the Standards for Performing and Reporting on Peer Reviews promulgated by the AICPA or such other standard adopted by regulation of the board which meets or exceeds the AICPA standards. See Missouri Laws 326.256
  • Permit: a permit to practice as a certified public accounting firm issued under section Missouri Laws 326.256
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Professional: arising out of or related to the specialized knowledge or skills associated with certified public accountants. See Missouri Laws 326.256
  • Report: when used with reference to any attest or compilation service, means an opinion, report or other form of language that states or implies assurance as to the reliability of the attested information or compiled financial statements, and that also includes or is accompanied by any statement or implication that the person or firm issuing it has special knowledge or competence in accounting or auditing. See Missouri Laws 326.256
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • State: any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U. See Missouri Laws 326.256
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Subpoena duces tecum: A command to a witness to produce documents.
  • United States: includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

 (1)  Use of any controlled substance, as defined in chapter 195, or alcoholic beverage to an extent that the use impairs a person’s ability to perform the work of any profession licensed or regulated by this chapter;

 (2)  The person has been finally adjudicated and found guilty, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in a criminal prosecution under the laws of any state or of the United States, for any offense reasonably related to the qualifications, functions or duties of any profession licensed or regulated pursuant to this chapter, for any offense an essential element of which is fraud, dishonesty or an act of violence, or for any offense involving moral turpitude, whether or not sentence is imposed;

 (3)  Use of fraud, deception, misrepresentation or bribery in securing any certificate, permit or license issued pursuant to this chapter or in obtaining permission to take any examination given or required pursuant to this chapter;

 (4)  Obtaining or attempting to obtain any fee, charge, tuition or other compensation by fraud, deception or misrepresentation;

 (5)  Incompetency, misconduct, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation or dishonesty in the performance of the functions or duties of any profession licensed or regulated by this chapter;

 (6)  Violation of, or assisting or enabling any person to violate, any provision of this chapter or any lawful rule or regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter;

 (7)  Impersonation of any person holding a certificate or permit or allowing any person to use his or her certificate or permit or diploma from any school;

 (8)  Revocation, suspension, restriction, modification, limitation, reprimand, warning, censure, probation or other final disciplinary action against the holder of or applicant for a license or other right to practice any profession regulated by this chapter by another state, territory, federal agency or country, whether voluntarily agreed to by the certified public accountant or applicant, including but not limited to the denial of licensure, surrender of a license, allowing a license to expire or lapse, or discontinuing or limiting the practice of accounting while subject to an investigation or while actually under investigation by any licensing authority, branch of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, court, agency of the state or federal government, PCAOB, or employer;

 (9)  A person is finally adjudged insane or incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction;

 (10)  Assisting or enabling any person to practice or offer to practice accountancy pursuant to this chapter who is not eligible to practice pursuant to this chapter;

 (11)  Issuance of a license or permit based upon a material mistake of fact;

 (12)  Failure to display a valid certificate, license, or permit required by this chapter or any rule promulgated pursuant to this chapter;

 (13)  Violation of any professional trust or confidence;

 (14)  Use of any advertisement or solicitation which is false, misleading or deceptive to the general public or persons to whom the advertisement or solicitation is primarily directed;

 (15)  Violation of professional standards or rules of professional conduct applicable to the accountancy profession as promulgated by the board;

 (16)  Failure to comply with any final order of a court of competent jurisdiction enforcing a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum from the board;

 (17)  Failure to comply with any final order of the board;

 (18)  Failure to maintain documentation evidencing compliance with the board’s continuing professional education requirements;

 (19)  Failure, on the part of a holder of a certificate, license or permit pursuant to section 326.280 or 326.289, to maintain compliance with the requirements for issuance or renewal of such certificate, license, permit or provisional license or to report changes to the board pursuant to sections 326.280 to 326.289;

 (20)  Making any false or misleading statement or verification in support of an application for a certificate, license or permit filed by another.

 3.  Proceedings pursuant to this section shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 621.  Upon a finding that the grounds provided in subsection 2 of this section for disciplinary action are met, the board may, singly or in combination, assess an administrative penalty not to exceed two thousand dollars per violation, censure or place on probation on such terms and conditions as the board deems appropriate for a period not to exceed five years, or may suspend for a period not to exceed three years or revoke the certificate, license or permit.  In any order of revocation, the board may provide that the person shall not apply for a new license for a maximum of three years and one day following the date of the order of revocation.  All stay orders shall toll this time period.  In lieu of or in addition to any remedy specifically provided in subsection 1 of this section, the board may require of a licensee:

 (1)  A peer review conducted as the board may specify; or

 (2)  Satisfactory completion of continuing professional education programs or other training as the board may specify; or

 (3)  A peer review conducted as the board may specify and satisfactory completion of continuing professional education programs as the board may specify.