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.
- ACCA is saying that I have continuous membership for the purpose of fellowship but not for practising certificate.
- I never received any reminders, letters, messages or calls regarding the non-payment of the invoice.
- 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.
- 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