Which State to Sit?

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    Hi All,

    After doing some research over the weekend I’ve decided to spend 2023 to go after the CPA. I have 150+ hours with a Business BS & MBA that includes the 24 accounting hours a person who gets a BS in Accounting takes (mine were spread out with 12 during the BS, 6 in my MBA, and 6 I took after the fact).

    Here’s my issue. I live in FL and for licensure they require 30 upper division accounting credits. I found other states where 24 is enough to both sit/get licensed and was wondering if I should pick one of those to sit. The one in particular I’m looking at is VA since it has similar work experience requirements & any CPA in good standing can sign off/verify my work experience. However, FL doesn’t do the reciprocity thing and requires a licensure by endorsement so I am not sure if it’s as easy as others have gotten licensed and then quickly gotten their licensed transferred to the state they want to work (for the record, I have no plans to work in public accounting/Big 4 and all my experience has been/will be at the Federal/State/University government level).

    If anyone can tell me if it would be easy to transfer a license out of state like VA into FL or if it’s a hassle, that would be great. Otherwise, if it makes more sense to sit/license in FL, does anybody have any cheap upper accounting suggestions that doesn’t duplicate what I’ve already taken (Int I/IntII, Cost, Tax Ind., Tax Corps/Parts, Acc Sys, Ext Audit, Gov/NFP)? Most of the Graduate level courses in FL I can find won’t accept non-degree seeking students. Keller’s got some interesting courses but I ain’t paying $4K for 2 classes if I don’t have to.

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