UPDATE: THE BILL FAILED TO MAKE IT OUT OF “FUNNEL WEEK” AND IS DEAD … FOR 2016 ANYWAY —– The Iowa legislature still hasn’t set the state’s tax laws for 2015 (as far as conforming with federal law). But the legislature has had time to propose a bill to regulate tax preparers in Iowa. And […]
I recently got a fascinating email from a CPA who decided she needed to inform me that she was unsubscribing from my blog. Here is what she wrote: I apologize, I didn’t realize you’re just an enrolled agent. I’m not interested. Thank you. (Actual e-mail to me from a CPA, telling me they’re not interested […]
CPAs and EAs are sometimes at each other’s throats about which designation is better. Such debates accomplish little.
The tax-preparation field has a lot of “wild west” characteristics. Anyone can prepare a tax return, whether they hold a license or not. A person need not even have any prior experience before preparing taxes for compensation. Of all of the preparers in the tax world, only Enrolled Agents are required to take continuing education […]
There are 2 ways to become an Enrolled Agent
The Enrolled Agent designation has existed since 1884.
I had the honor of attending the Schuldiner/Smollan Memorial Leadership Academy through the National Association of Enrolled Agents.
The local business directory for my town was just published. I’m an Enrolled Agent. Commonly abbreviated as “EA.” But apparently the publishers of the directory were confused: I haven’t called the local group that published the directory yet. It was a free listing, and it made me laugh, so I’m not angry. It was probably […]
On the tax blog-o-sphere, those of us who work in the field go round-and-round periodically, debating whether or not the regulation of tax preparers is a good idea. We know that the IRS thinks it’s a good idea. But one obvious question hasn’t been asked: if the IRS thinks that licensing of tax preparers is […]
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve written a long, rambling, stream-of-conscience blog post full of side notes and parenthetical references. But when I sat down to write this post, a whole lot of thoughts came out. So here, in 600+ words, is my opinion on the apparent death of the RTRP designation, and […]