Iowa CPE Information


Iowa CPE Credits

All practicing CPAs in the state of Iowa are required to renew their state CPA certificate annually by the due date of June 30th each year, and in addition, must earn a minimum of 120 hours of CPE every three years.  Of those 120 hours, 4 hours must be in ethics education and 8 hours must be in financial statement presentation (when applicable to the individual’s job responsibilities). One hour of credit is defined as one 50-minute period of CPE.

All CPAs may self-select either June 30th or December 31st of the year prior to the next annual CPA certificate renewal as the date by which the 120 CPE hours must be earned.  There is no minimum number of CPE hours required per year, however at least 120 CPE hours  must be earned by the self-selected completion date of the calendar year preceding the next annual CPA certificate renewal.

During the CPA certificate renewal process, the applicant may simply confirm that  the required 120 hours have been completed in the previous three-year period, without the need to submit any evidence of the completion of the required CPE hours. That said, the Iowa Accountancy Examining Board (IAEB) does conduct random audits of certified CPAs in the state of Iowa. If audited, a CPA would need to produce detailed proof of having completed the requisite 120 CPE hours.

A CPE course will qualify if it meets the following minimum criteria: the program consists of at least one credit hour (50-minute period), the program is conducted by a qualified instructor, the program contributes to the professional competency of the applicant, an outline of the course is prepared in advanced and a copy is saved, and a record of attendance is maintained.  For additional information and frequently asked questions regarding Iowa’s CPE requirements for CPA certification, please click here.

State Iowa
Renewal Cycle Every 3 years
Ethics Required 4 hours
Financial Statement Presentation (when applicable) 8 hours
CPE Hours Required 120 hours per renewal cycle

Basics & Beyond Income Tax Seminars in Iowa

Basics & Beyond, Inc. provides both fall income tax update seminars and year-end income tax update seminars in 21 different cities throughout 5 states.  We are approved by the IRS as a CLE provider, as well as included in the NASBA registry of CPE Sponsors.

For our clients’ convenience, we provide the fall topical updates and year-end updates in five major locations throughout the state of Iowa:  Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, and Sioux City. In addition to Iowa, we also provide seminars in Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania.  For more information about our income tax seminar locations and dates, see below or click here.

Location 2020 Fall Update 2020 Year-End Update Venue
Cedar Falls/Waterloo Monday, September 28 Monday, December 7 Hilton Garden Inn Cedar Falls
Cedar Rapids Tuesday, September 29 Tuesday, December 8 Cedar Rapids Marriott
Davenport Wednesday, September 30 Wednesday, December 9 Hilton Garden Inn – Bettendorf


Des Moines Friday, September 25 Friday,  December 4 Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center – Des Moines
Sioux City Tuesday, September 22 Tuesday, December 1 Sioux City Convention Center

Complete Iowa CPA Requirements with Basics and Beyond, Inc.

Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars meets Iowa CPA requirements for a portion of the CPE hours needed. By attending Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars, participants in Iowa can earn up to 16 CPE hours in just 2 days.  The seminars start at 8:25 a.m. and conclude around 4:45 p.m. There are breakfast pastries and coffee to start the day, a mid-morning and mid-afternoon break, and lunch from 11:45-12:45. We work hard, but we like to make the day as enjoyable as possible for all of our attendees! Basics & Beyond, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: (CPE Sponsor ID: 108123) Iowa is among the many states that accept courses sponsored by registrants of the NASBA. Accordingly, each seminar session is expected to be approved by each regulatory agency for 8 CPE credit hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Candidates who take both the Fall and Year-end Topical Update seminars can expect to earn 16 hours of CPE, including 2 hours of ethics.

Basics & Beyond Inc. Presenters

All of our presenters are tax experts with practical tax preparation experience. Two presenters will usually take turns leading the discussion at each seminar. Our income tax seminars comply with the AICPA guidelines for continuing education, and they qualify for a maximum of 16 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credit. The program level is designed for participants with more than two of experience preparing individual income tax returns.The goal of each of our seminar presenters is to use their high-level, up-to-date income tax knowledge to assist our participants in preparation for the upcoming tax return season. More information about this year’s Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminar Presenters is available on our website. These presenters are those currently set to lead our income tax seminars in 2020. Our presenters undergo annual Basics & Beyond training to ensure a positive, cohesive experience for all of our participants. Basics & Beyond, Inc. will reassign presenters or use appropriately trained replacement presenters who are not currently the website if and when necessary.  For more information about our current list of 2020 Income Tax Seminar Presenters, please click here.

Basics & Beyond Inc. Policies

All attendees are provided a Certificate of Attendance at the completion of Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars.  Should an attendee misplace their Certificate of attendance, there is a process by which a replacement certificate can be requested.A blank, two-copy certificate of completion will be given to each attendee at the conclusion of the seminar. Attendees of Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars are asked to (1) fill out their certificate, (2) turn the signed, original, white certificate copy in at the end of the seminar (there will be a specified location for the white copies of the certificates), and (3) keep the yellow certificate copy for their records.

If the yellow copy of the certificate is lost or damaged, and a replacement certificate is needed, please send a written request (via post or email) and a $15 replacement fee to Basics & Beyond, Inc. Once the request and fee are received, we will attempt to locate the attendee’s original certificate from among those left at the seminar.If the original certificate is located, we will e-mail, mail, or fax a copy of the certificate to the address listed on the written request. If the certificate is not located, we will e-mail, mail, or fax a notice of that fact to the same address. The search fee is non-refundable even if the original certificate cannot be located.For more information about Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminar policies, please click here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]