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ACCA suspended my membership without any warnings

My 2019 subscription invoice was not paid on time so ACCA suspended me without any warnings

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I am a fully qualified ACCA member. I worked really hard for the membership and finally earned it in 2017.

I forgot to pay my 2019 membership and I take full responsibility for this but it was just a genuine mistake, which I regret every day. ACCA suspended my membership in April 2019 for non-payment and when it came to my knowledge than I immediately paid the fees. This was sorted within the grace period so I did not have to pay reinstatement fees or complete reinstatement form and I was assured at the time that it will be a continuous membership.

I worked really very hard in the last 2 years and completed all my PCTR forms and I was just about to send my application in for the practising certificate and the authorisation team has just told me that because my membership was suspended therefore I do not have 2 years post membership experience and the 2 years will start from when my membership was reinstated.

I now feel that my whole life has been turned upside down and surely my crime does not fit the punishment here.

Please note the following points.

  1. ACCA is saying that I have continuous membership for the purpose of fellowship but not for practising certificate.
  2. I never received any reminders, letters, messages or calls regarding the non-payment of the invoice.
  3. I never received any reminders, letters, messages or calls before I was suspended. My whole life revolved around ACCA membership, we all worked really hard for this. How can ACCA just suspend us as a member without giving any opportunity to rectify the problem? Your six years of effort down the drain just like that. I will understand if ACCA had sent me reminders and informed me before suspending it but suspension without any warnings should not be acceptable.
  4. I was never removed from the register so if I check the ACCA register now then it still shows my admission as 2017 rather than 2019.

I really need your help on this, please. I have left practice so it will be very difficult to complete my performance objectives again and wait two years. I am exhausted and I just can't go through all of this again.

Do I have any grounds to appeal against ACCA suspending me as a member on the basis that I never received any letters, emails, messages or calls?

Any help will be highly appreciated 

Why do I not have continuous membership if register states otherwise and I never had to pay reinstatement fees or filled in any other additional forms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By lionofludesch
28th Aug 2019 08:24

Direct debit is your friend.

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By AnnAccountant
28th Aug 2019 08:27

Did you see that the ICAEW kicked out an accountant who was tardy about paying his fees?

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By lionofludesch
28th Aug 2019 08:31

No.

How tardy ?

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By lionofludesch
28th Aug 2019 09:00

Not telling him is a bit offside.

I wonder if they've cancelled mine without telling me.

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By stepurhan
28th Aug 2019 09:10

I suppose that depends if you are doing any "high risk" book-keeping work. :-)

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By justsotax
28th Aug 2019 09:54

is high risk bookkeeping when you use excel together with formula...

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By bernard michael
28th Aug 2019 10:10

What do the rules say ?
Can you not appeal to the disciplinary committee ?

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By Kalel
28th Aug 2019 11:06

Rules states I need to have 2-year continuous membership which I believe I do.

Not sure about the disciplinary committee

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
28th Aug 2019 11:18

Id speak to the ACCA, but given one of the basic things about being a Chartered Accountant is "following the rules" you might not have much wriggle room.

Presumably they are giving you a bit of a rap on the knuckles for being sloppy with your payment and presumably not letting them know about an address change if you got nothing from them.

Paying bills and personal admin ought to be basic skills if you want to be a CA.

NB if you have quit your old job and started your own practice, expecting a practicing certificate, then you are an idiot.

*Edited, as answer given in above post whilst typing*

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By Kalel
28th Aug 2019 13:57

I am not planning to start my practice any time soon. But I just won't be able to achieve all the performance objectives again if I have to do this all over again.

The certificate was mostly required for me to do contracting work

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By justsotax
28th Aug 2019 14:11

you have never had a barrister as a client then!?….you would think the same for them presumably...paying bills and personal admin....

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By SWAccountant
28th Aug 2019 14:17

You're acting like this is the end of the world and you have to start again. You don't. You're still a member.

It sounds like any performance objectives you've met and signed off should still count, you'll just have to wait for the 2 year timer to tick by again.

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By Kalel
28th Aug 2019 17:10

No, the forms have now been changed so all the previous forms will not be valid in two years time.

I will need to complete the objectives as per new forms and do the whole process again.

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By Arthur Putey
29th Aug 2019 13:15

I always treat the CIMA membership renewal as a bit of a game. The first renewal invitation comes in October (just after the first Xmas adverts) and final reminders are sent in February. You couldn't criticise CIMA for lack of reminders.

If your experience leaves you disenfranchised with ACCA you could consider jumping ship to CIMA, whose member in practice requirements appear less onerous, at least in terms of post membership experience. You'd need to check if you'd have to take any exams.

But I would make representations to ACCA, they ought to have some discretion, particularly as they regard your membership as unbroken.

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By Kalel
29th Aug 2019 23:59

The only way to get the practising certificate is to apply for the waiver to the Admissions and Licensing and Appeal Committees.

Does anyone have a sample of the following letters? I am not sure what the letter should state.

The member has provided confirmation that he will have access to technical and ethical support from another qualified practising accountant or firm of practising accountants.

The member has provided good, recent references in support of the application, including references from qualified practising accountants.

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By itp33asso
30th Aug 2019 10:35

if I were you I'd check around for no win no fee legal representation and if they say you have a case ..................then go for it !!

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By Gavin Whitter
30th Aug 2019 10:35

Would probably be worth having a chat with Chris Cope

http://www.accountantsdefence.co.uk/

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By dmmarler
30th Aug 2019 12:20

I don't agree with the suggestion to look to CIMA. From the way everything is going it may end up subsumed into AICPA. ACCA is far more valuable now.

I am surprised that you received no reminders, chasing letters, etc., does ACCA have your correct contact details? My experience of CIMA, ICSA, and AAT, is also that the chasing begins about 3 months before the membership year end, so a basic data flaw could be the answer.

Check all your details and see if there is any reason you have missed out, then try the Appeals route (see Kalel's advice). If you know or have a connection with any of the Council members they could help too.

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By emilyi
31st Aug 2019 14:19

Hi
I really feel your pain!
Having had to complete my PCTR twice, because I had my maternity leave at an inappropriate time, I know how awful it feels.

Those PCTR's are hard work, and the authorisation team are quick to reject sections, telling you there's not enough detail, so you re-write it but then you have to get it re-signed. But my old boss had left and wasn't responding, so I couldn't get it re-signed, which meant I had to do extra time in supervised practice and re-do the PCTR.

If I were you, I would send off your PCTR to the authorisations department anyway for checking, because they are very likely to find fault with your experience records. And you may find you have to do some extra time anyway.

Sorry, it's probably not what you want to hear. But ACCA's practising certs are not easy to get, based on my experience.

Good luck with it.

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By Universe
01st Sep 2019 19:37

My only option is to apply to ACCA audit and licensing committee but for this I need references from practising accountants supporting my application. This is difficult as I mostly worked in large accountancy firms so I think they will be reluctant.

Or I complete the forms again and spend another 2 years.

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By sammerchant
01st Sep 2019 10:02

I am amazed that the Institutes do not permit payment by instalments. If they did, I think very few members would shy away from giving them a direct debit.

Mind you, now that you may pay by credit card, I suppose the Institutes will be inflexible.

Any courageous souls prepared to put this to the AGMs?

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