Members of the Illinois CPA Society (Society) are expected to uphold standards of ethics as set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Code of Professional Conduct and Bylaws. When a violation occurs, they are subject to disciplinary action by the Society under the Joint Ethics Enforcement Program (JEEP) Manual of Procedures.

Anyone who believes that a member of the Illinois CPA Society has committed an unethical act may file a complaint. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Society has no jurisdiction over any CPAs other than its members. If a CPA is not a member of the Society, complainants are directed to check with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the AICPA for possible action. 

How to File an Ethics Complaint

File an Ethics Complaint
What Happens When a Complaint is Filed?
Who to Contact With Ethics Questions?

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If you receive a letter from the Illinois CPA Society or the AICPA Professional Ethics Division informing you that a complaint has been filed against you alleging a possible violation of the Code of Professional Conduct, the following may be helpful.

An ethics investigation is designed to gather facts and information to assist in determining whether or not there is evidence to support the allegations of violations of the Code of Professional Conduct. If there is insufficient evidence to support the allegations, the investigation will be closed.

Responding to an Ethics Investigation

Review the Rules of Conduct
Learn the process
Respond to the complaint
Ask questions
Keep us informed

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Definitions of Ethics Sanctions/Disposition

Expelled or Suspended
Corrective Action Required
No Violation / Dismissal
No Further Action
Subsequent Monitoring Completed Satisfactorily

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Oralia Guajardo
Manager, Professional Standards | 312.517.7608