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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Lake Stevens CPA has license suspended


May 29, 2012

The State of Washington Board of Accountancy has recently suspended the CPA credentials for Steven M. Carlson, an accountant who practices in Marysville and resides in Lake Stevens effective April 26, 2012.

The Board ordered the suspension based on several complaints that Carlson failed to respond to his clients, complete tax returns as promised and return the clients’ records when asked. He did not respond to the Board of Accountancy’s inquiries about those complaints.

The Better Business Bureau also reports two complaints over the last 12 months, giving Carlson and his accounting firm an F rating. “BBB did not receive a response from business,” it stated.

The state suspension will continue for three years and before the Board of Accountancy will consider a reinstatement application, Carlson must pay a $5,250 fine, reimburse the Board $1,750 for investigative and legal costs and document the return of all client records.

The release also states that Carlson may not use the designation of “CPA” or “certified public accountant” or hold himself as a “CPA” or “certified public accountant” while under suspension.

The Journal tried to reach Carlson for comment several times but was unsuccessful.

For questions please contact the Board of Accountancy at 360-753-2585.


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