|(a) Participation in the program is required of each
firm licensed or registered with the board that performs any attest
services as defined in §901.002 of the Act (relating to General
Definitions) and §501.52(4), (11) and (23) of this title (relating
to Definitions). A firm whose highest level of service is preparation
engagements under SSARS is not required to participate in the program.
(b) A firm that does not perform attest services as
set out in subsection (a) of this section shall annually submit a
request for the exemption in writing to the board with an explanation
of the services offered by the firm. A firm which begins providing
attest services as set out in subsection (a) of this section shall
notify the board of the change in status within 30 days of the change
in status, provide the board with enrollment information within 90
days of the date the services were first provided and have a peer
review performed within 18 months of the date the services were first
(c) Each firm required to participate under subsection
(a) of this section shall enroll in the applicable programs of an
approved sponsoring organization within 30 days from its initial licensing
date or the performance of services that require a review. The firm
shall adopt the review due date assigned by the sponsoring organization,
and must notify the board of the peer review due date within 30 days
of its assignment. In addition, a firm's subsequent review is due
three years and six months after the year end of the previous peer
review, or earlier as may be required by the sponsoring organization,
a committee of the board or the board's executive director. It is
the responsibility of the firm to anticipate its needs for review
services in sufficient time to enable the reviewer to complete the
review by the assigned review due date.
(d) In the event that a firm is merged, otherwise combined,
dissolved, or separated, the sponsoring organization shall determine
which firm is considered the successor firm. The successor firm shall
retain its peer review status and the review due date.
(e) The board will accept extensions granted by the
sponsoring organization to complete a review, provided the board is
notified by the firm within 15 days of the date that an extension
(f) A firm that has been rejected by a sponsoring organization
for any reason must make a request in writing to the board for authorization
to enroll in a program of another sponsoring organization. Such request
shall be made within 30 days of notification by the sponsoring organization.
(g) A firm choosing to change to another sponsoring
organization may do so provided that the firm authorizes the previous
sponsoring organization to communicate to the succeeding sponsoring
organization any outstanding corrective actions related to the firm's
most recent review. Any outstanding actions must be cleared and outstanding
fees paid prior to transfer between sponsoring organizations.
(h) An out-of-state firm practicing in this state pursuant
to a practice privilege provided for in §901.461 of the Act (relating
to Practice by Certain Out-of-State Firms) and §517.1 and §517.2
of this title (relating to Practice by Certain Out of State Firms
and Practice by Certain Out of State Individuals) must comply with
the peer review program of the state in which the firm is licensed.
(i) An out-of-state firm practicing in this state pursuant
to a practice privilege from a state without a peer review program
must comply with §901.159 of the Act (relating to Peer Review)
and Chapter 517 of this title (relating to Practice by Certain Out-of-State
Firms and Individuals).
(j) An out-of-state firm practicing in this state pursuant
to a practice privilege must submit its peer review (or equivalent)
documentation upon request of the board.
(k) Interpretive Comment. If a firm is subject to inspections
pursuant to PCAOB and also performs attest work not subject to such
inspections, the firm must enroll in a peer review program for review
of its non-public company attest work in addition to the firm inspection
program required by the PCAOB.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §527.4 adopted to be effective October 16, 2002, 27 TexReg 9579; amended to be effective October 12, 2004, 29 TexReg 9540; amended to be effective October 11, 2007, 32 TexReg 7064; amended to be effective April 15, 2009, 34 TexReg 2381; amended to be effective August 7, 2013, 38 TexReg 4896; amended to be effective June 10, 2015, 40 TexReg 3568; amended to be effective December 9, 2015, 40 TexReg 8792; amended to be effective August 4, 2016, 41 TexReg 5552