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 a complaint

  • What to File?

  • Where to Send the Complaint

  • What Happens When a Complaint is Filed?

  • Who to Contact With Ethics Questions?

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

Definitions of Ethics Sanctions/Disposition

  • Expelled or Suspended

  • Admonishment

  • Corrective Action Required

  • No Violation / Dismissal

  • No Further Action

  • Subsequent Monitoring Completed Satisfactorily

  • Other


Questions, comments, feedback

Oralia Guajardo
Manager, Professional Standards | 312.517.7608