Bloomberg Tax
Aug. 16, 2021, 8:45 AM

CPA Exam Makeover Risks Raising Hurdles for Black Accountants

Amanda Iacone
Amanda Iacone

As a Black accountant with a CPA license, Nikki Winston is part of a profession that she—and the Big Four accounting firms—have been striving for years to make less exclusive, and more diverse.

Winston tells her clients—primarily Black, first-generation accounting graduates and seasoned professionals she counsels to follow her path—that the pricey slog of 150 college credit hours required to earn a CPA license is worth the sacrifice, opening up a potentially lucrative corporate or public accounting career.

That CPA license playbook, however, is about to get rewritten and potentially tougher. Even as some leaders, including the Big Four, lament ...

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