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February 8, 2012 at 3:14 am #166066
I am compiling the info for my application and need a letter from my employer as well as 3 character reference letters. What do you have them say? Plenty of people want to say I am a character, LOL.
Just a short & sweet ” I have known MLA for 3 years and find her to be of good moral character”. Does anybody have an example they'd like to share?
I'm in MA and going for a non-reporting license, FWIW.February 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm #646698
bump…….thanks in advance!February 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm #646699
I'm sorry, I'm not quite sure what exactly should get written, but there's a lot of info on Google in general about character reference letters. Here are a couple of links that have info on it:
I'm not sure what should particularly be for a CPA license applicant…I guess the good moral character thing…ethically responsible…serious about professional conduct…maybe something that happened that showed how truly moral you are and indicates just what a wonderful CPA you would be…
Good luck!February 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm #646700
I just received my packet from the Texas board and I don't see anywhere where it asks for reference letters. I guess I'll email them to be sure.February 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm #646701
Thanks so much Acct! I am panicking over these as if they may keep me from getting my license LOL. Red I'm curious if TX requires them, I am still amazed by the difference between states!February 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm #646702
@mia – I'll totally write a reference letter for you! That being said, its just a formality. It really doesnt matter what the letter says. The exercise is just to see if you can get a few people to vouch for you.
Yeah, California doesnt require reference letters either.February 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm #646703
She kept up with me on A71.
minimortyFebruary 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm #646704
Love, huh? I wouldnt go THAT far.
j/k, I heart you mIa.February 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm #646705
no no no, not ME. You LOVE the AICPA. Big pink puffy heart probably still toying with what to send for Valentines day!February 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm #646706
Ha ha ha…I laughed out loud reading these posts…thanks for that 🙂
Seriously, though, I don't quite get why you need the character reference letters…If someone gets a negative character reference letter, can that keep him from being licensed? After all the studying and passing, education and experience, is that another way to weed out who not to license?February 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm #646707
well the other ironic thing is if I get to pick who writes my letters, of COURSE I will have 3 positive references. DUH.February 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm #646708
Interesting, my State had a canned reference letters that needed to be signed & notarized by 3 people.February 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm #646709
I guess there must be some reason each state has it's own type of system in place for licensure…never heard of the reference letters for this before, though.
Guess you learn something new every day…February 12, 2015 at 6:39 pm #646710
mla1169 – what did you end up sending in for your character letters?November 3, 2016 at 3:59 pm #1311601
I'm a NH CPA and going for a reciprocal license in MA. Massachusetts requires the letters be addressed to them and dated within one year. My NH letters have been dated within one year, but are addressed to the NH board. Anyone see a problem with me using the same letters and changing the addressed party to the MA board? I'd hate to get dinged with something immoral or unethical regarding a state board.
Thanks!December 12, 2016 at 10:56 pm #1383080
Can anyone suggest what should be the content of reference letter to submit for CPA license with Arizona State board?
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