Nevada is known for its entertainment, gambling, mining and cattle ranching, but it is also home to 4 Fortune 500 companies, 405 licensed CPA firms and offices for each of the “Big Four” international CPA firms (Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young). This robust economy produces around $126 billion in state product, and generates a per capita income of $37,361, making it the 19th largest state economy in the nation.
Despite these high individual earning rates, Nevada does not have a state income tax. Unemployment hovers just over 7%, that’s compared to a national average unemployment rate of just over 5%. Just over 40,000 residents populate the state, the majority of whom are employed by the tourism industry or in mining (Nevada is the world’s fourth-largest gold producer). This flow of currency in and out of the state creates the need for a number of CPAs and firms to provide financial services.
Nevada at a glance
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Accounting Programs in Nevada
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College of Southern Nevada
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6375 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
89146-1164 (702) 651-5000
By 2022, Nevadan accountants and auditors can look forward to a 14.6% increase in employment opportunities over 2012. The new growth represents the creation of over 9,000 new positions during this period and also exceeds national averages for growth in this industry.
Top-paying cities include Reno, Las Vegas and Sparks, where CPAs regularly earn between $57,840 and $63,790 annually on average. Salaries in the six-digit range are possible as well, depending on a CPA’s degree level, licensure status and speciality.
Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in Nevada
The CPA Exam in Nevada is administered by the State Board of Accountancy. Candidates planning to sit for the exam must fulfill the requirements listed below. The exam is made up of four sections, all of which must be passed within an 18 month long period. It is quite common for students to retake individual sections of the exam until they receive a passing score.
Nevada supports reciprocal licensure, as well as original licensure for those individuals who took the exam in another state but are not yet licensed.
Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Nevada
Eligibility for CPA licensure in the state of Nevada calls for the following criteria to be met:
Be a resident of Nevada
Hold a baccalaureate degree
Meet the 150 hour educational requirement
Complete 30 semester hours of upper level accounting courses
Complete 2 years of experience working in public accounting or auditing, OR 4 years experience working in internal or governmental auditing
Pass an ethics exam that has been approved by the Board within the last 3 years
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Education Requirement for Licensure
150 hours (including bachelor's degree)
Participates in International Programs
Hours in Accounting
30 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours above the introductory level
Exam Sitting Requirements
150 hours (must complete education requirement prior to sitting for exam)
2 years of public accounting experience in accounting or auditing, finance, advising or consulting with clients on matters relating to management, preparation of tax returns or the furnishing of advice on matters relating to taxes; or 4 years experience in internal audit or governmental accounting and auditing considered to be substantially equivalent in the Board's judgment.
Must pass an ethics exam within the past 3 years that was approved by the Board
A State Board – approved ethics exam can be ordered through the AICPA Professional Ethics for CPA’s (1-888-777-7077) or PES Ethics & Professional Conduct (1-800-990-2731).
Schools are ranked by pass rate unless otherwise noted. Results are comprised of scores from both first-time test takers and those returning to take the whole exam or specific sections of it again. Source: National State Boards of Accountancy
Certifying and Professional Organizations
The Nevada State Board of Accountancy is the body responsible for maintaining professional conduct codes, regulating the practice of CPAs and firms, providing forms and applications, and CPA licensing information. The State Board also collects the CPA Exam fees and administers the test. Once licensed, CPAs may join the Nevada Society of CPAs, a professional organization designed to unite CPAs within the state of Nevada.
The Society provides advocacy for its members as well as resources and networking, and strives to uphold the code of professional conduct as laid down by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).