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Question: What is the difference between the EA designation and the AFSP – Record of Completion? Answer: An EA is a credentialed tax return preparer and can represent anyone before the IRS.In addition, if you are already a CPA or hold some other accounting designation, having your EA will allow you to advertise your tax...
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Steps to become an EA – Step 8 Congratulations on becoming an Enrolled Agent! You used Gleim to prepare for this difficult exam, and now you are enjoying the success of passing. At this point, you must maintain your CPE hours. Gleim offers a wide selection of online CPE courses. They are everything you need...
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Question: I am thinking about taking the EA Exam. What are the dates of the exam? Answer: The EA exam is offered during a continuous 10-month testing cycle beginning May 1 of each year and closes the last day of February the following year. For example, you may currently sit at a Prometric testing center...
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Question: If I am an EA, do I need an AFSP – Record of Completion? Answer: This program is not designed, directed or intended for credentialed preparers who already possess a much higher level of qualification. However, if an attorney, certified professional accountant, enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, or enrolled actuary seeks to participate...
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Why Should You Become an Enrolled Agent? As of January 1, 2011, all paid tax return preparers must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) before preparing returns. Tax Return Preparers with a Provisional PTIN will have until December 31, 2013 to pass a competency exam. Enrolled Agents (EAs), along with Certified Public Accountants and...
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Tax Laws Tested on the EA Exam The Enrolled Agent (EA) exam will use the tax laws, rules, and regulations in affect as of 12/31/11 starting May 1, 2012. The cycle for the EA exam is from May 1 through the end of February each year.
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On January 1, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Candidates preparing for the 2013 version of the EA exam (ie, the EA exam that will be given beginning May 1, 2013) should be aware of the more significant changes, which include: Individuals who...
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This week we present the fifth installment in our series on poor study habits that you should avoid while you prepare for the EA exam. This is the fifth in our series of bad habits to avoid. Click here to see bad habit #4. Bed Time Explanation: While beds may keep you cozy and care-free,...
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Make Your Study Plan Official A study plan is called a plan for a reason. It is imperative that you know when you will study ahead of time so it is scheduled into your day and week, and then written in your calendar. As soon as you decide to take the exam, maximize your opportunity...
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