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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 26 : Professions and Occupations

Chapter 001 : Accountants

Subchapter 004 : Discipline

(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 76)
  • § 76. Unprofessional conduct

    Unprofessional conduct means:

    (1) The conduct prohibited by this section, by 3 V.S.A. § 129a, or by other statutes relating to public accounting, whether or not that conduct is by a licensee, an applicant, or a person who later becomes an applicant;

    (2) Disciplinary action by another state or country or federal agency of a license or certificate to practice public accountancy;

    (3) Failing to make available, upon request of a person using public accounting services, copies of documents in the possession or under the control of the accountant, when those documents have been prepared for and paid for by the user of services;

    (4) Failing to return client-supplied information and documents, in whatever form contained, upon request of the client;

    (5) Any of the following except when reasonably undertaken in an emergency situation in order to protect life, health, or property:

    (A) practicing or offering to practice beyond the scope permitted by law; or

    (B) accepting and performing public accounting responsibilities that the licensee knows or has reason to know that he or she is not competent to perform;

    (C) performing public accounting services that have not been authorized by the consumer or the consumer’s legal representative;

    (6) Dishonesty, fraud, or negligence in the practice of public accountancy, including making misleading, deceptive, or untrue representations in the practice of public accountancy;

    (7) The making of any false or misleading statement in support of an application filed by another;

    (8) Failure of a licensee to provide any explanation requested by the Board regarding evidence submitted by the licensee in support of an application for licensure filed by another, or regarding evidence submitted by the licensee in support of an application for licensure filed by another, or regarding a failure or refusal to submit such evidence; and failure by a licensee to furnish for inspection, upon request by the Board, or its representative, documentation relating to any evidence submitted by the licensee in support of such an application; or

    (9) Failing to report changes to the Board as required by statute and the Board’s rules. (Added 1975, No. 89, § 13; amended 1981, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1991, No. 167 (Adj. Sess.), § 14; 1997, No. 145 (Adj. Sess.), § 32; 2001, No. 129 (Adj. Sess.), § 16; eff. June 13, 2002.)