Perhaps you’ve been working for 10-15 years preparing taxes and you’ve finally had it with your current station in life. Or, maybe you’re just trying to avoid reaching that point, and as a young professional in the accounting industry, you want to be catapulted up the corporate ladder.
Exams tend to be one of those things that creep up on you. When you look in your calendar, it always seems like you have ages to prepare, right up to the point where the exam is suddenly only two days away. This is doubly true if you’re working a full-time job and have to juggle additional obligations.
It can get a little confusing with all the accounting acronyms out there. Similarities among various accounting jobs makes distinguishing accounting job titles even more difficult. The following article explains the differences between two of the most commonly confused job titles; Enrolled Agent and CPA.
An Enrolled Agent is a tax specialist who has been federally authorized to represent taxpayers before all levels of the IRS. Unlike CPAs, enrolled agents are eligible to practice in all states without additional licensing requirements.
The pass rate on the SEE varies for each of the three parts of the exam. The most difficult test for most candidates is Part 2 (Businesses). Only about 60% of exam takers have passed this part in the past three years.
f you enjoy crunching numbers or preparing your own income taxes, then you should consider a career as an enrolled agent (EA). When it comes to jobs in accounting and finance, many people consider becoming CPAs, while few think about the option of becoming enrolled agents. With an increasing need for EAs across the nation, choosing to follow this career path can be both satisfying and lucrative.
An essential part of becoming an Enrolled Agent is passing the IRS Special Enrollment Exam, otherwise known as the SEE. The following steps will help you prepare to register, study and pass your EA exam.
Part 1 of the enrolled agent exam, also known as the IRS Special Enrollment Exam (SEE), covers tax topics related to individuals. The exam contains 100 questions, including 85 questions that are scored and 15 questions that are experimental and therefore not scored. The exam consists of 5 separate sections and candidates have 3.5 hours to complete it.
Did you know that throughout your career as an EA you will have to fulfill Enrolled Agent continuing education requirements? Continuing professional education is required by the IRS in order to maintain your EA certification. Not sure what you need to do to fulfill these obligations? We’ve outlined the requirements for you in this article.