(225 ILCS 450/5.2)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 5.2. Substantial equivalency.
    (a) An individual whose principal place of business is not in this State shall have all the privileges of a person licensed under this Act as a licensed CPA without the need to obtain a license from the Department or to file notice with the Department, if the individual:
        (1) holds a valid license as a certified public
    
accountant issued by another state that the National Qualification Appraisal Service of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy has verified to be in substantial equivalence with the CPA licensure requirements of the Uniform Accountancy Act of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy; or
        (2) holds a valid license as a certified public
    
accountant issued by another state and obtains from the National Qualification Appraisal Service of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy verification that the individual's CPA qualifications are substantially equivalent to the CPA licensure requirements of the Uniform Accountancy Act of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy; however, any individual who has passed the Uniform CPA Examination and holds a valid license issued by any other state prior to January 1, 2012 shall be exempt from the education requirements of Section 3 of this Act for the purposes of this item (2).
    (a-5) A CPA firm whose principal place of business is not in this State shall have all the privileges of a CPA firm licensed under this Act without the need to obtain a license from the Department or to file notice with the Department if the CPA firm complies with the requirements outlined in Sections 14.4 and 16 through substantial equivalency of their licensed state.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an individual or CPA firm who offers or renders professional services under this Section, whether in person or by mail, telephone, or electronic means, shall be granted practice privileges in this State and no notice or other submission must be provided by any such individual or CPA firm.
    (c) An individual licensee or CPA firm of another state exercising the privilege afforded under this Section and the CPA firm that employs such individual licensee, if any, as a condition of the grant of this privilege, hereby simultaneously consents:
        (1) to the personal and subject matter jurisdiction
    
and disciplinary authority of the Department;
        (2) to comply with this Act and the Department's
    
rules adopted under this Act;
        (3) that in the event that the license from the state
    
of the individual's or CPA firm's principal place of business is no longer valid, the individual or CPA firm shall cease offering or rendering accountancy activities as outlined in paragraphs (1) and (2) of Section 8.05 in this State individually or on behalf of a CPA firm; and
        (4) to the appointment of the state board that issued
    
the individual's or the CPA firm's license as the agent upon which process may be served in any action or proceeding by the Department against the individual or CPA firm.
    (d) An individual licensee who qualifies for practice privileges under this Section who, for any entity headquartered in this State, performs (i) a financial statement audit or other engagement in accordance with Statements on Auditing Standards; (ii) an examination of prospective financial information in accordance with Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements; or (iii) an engagement in accordance with Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Auditing Standards may only do so through a CPA firm licensed under this Act or a CPA firm with practice privileges under this Section.
    (e) A CPA firm that qualifies for practice privileges under this Section and, for any entity headquartered in this State, performs the following may only do so through an individual or individuals licensed under this Act or an individual or individuals with practice privileges under this Section:
        (1) a financial statement audit or other engagement
    
in accordance with Statements on Auditing Standards;
        (2) an examination of prospective financial
    
information in accordance with Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements; or
        (3) an engagement in accordance with Public Company
    
Accounting Oversight Board auditing standards.
(Source: P.A. 100-419, eff. 8-25-17.)