latest IRS info on tax preparers - 2014


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MTW

Here is a link I found interesting, it partially replaces an old link
from the archive IRS web site describing Enrolled Agents:
<snip>

That's a good article. But I wasn't aware that EAs are "specifically trained." Sure, they've passed a test, but I wasn't aware that any "training" was required. ???
 
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Stuart A. Bronstein

MTW said:
Mark Bole wrote:

<snip>

That's a good article. But I wasn't aware that EAs are
"specifically trained." Sure, they've passed a test, but I
wasn't aware that any "training" was required. ???
Continuing education is required. Isn't that training?
 
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Mark Bole

<snip>

That's a good article. But I wasn't aware that EAs are "specifically
trained." Sure, they've passed a test, but I wasn't aware that any
"training" was required. ???
Maybe they are referring to annual minimum requirements for continuing
education in federal tax law that Enrolled Agents must fulfill. By
contrast, would a lawyer (for example) who prepares tax returns be
required by anyone to take any tax law education?
 
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Stuart A. Bronstein

Mark Bole said:
wasn't aware that any "training" was required. ???

Maybe they are referring to annual minimum requirements for
continuing education in federal tax law that Enrolled Agents
must fulfill. By contrast, would a lawyer (for example) who
prepares tax returns be required by anyone to take any tax law
education?
Technically no. Lawyers (at least in California) are required to
do continuing education, but the topics are generally left up to
the discretion of the participant.

Likewise anybody who finishes medical school and gets his license
is technically allowed to do brain surgery, even if he has not had
any particular education on the subject.
 
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MTW

Continuing education is required. Isn't that training?
They refer to CE later in the paragraph. It seems to me that the sentence implies that the "specific training" is a threshold qualification of the credential. This is factually incorrect.

Continuing Education, by definition, is something that happens AFTER you've met the threshold qualifications. If they want to say "specifically trained through continuing education," that would be fine by me.

Also, I'm not aware that CE for EAs must include "tax planning" and "representation." I believe it is sufficient if it simply covers "tax preparation" and "ethics."

And I'll bet I'm not the only reader to be confused. ;-)

MTW
 
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Mark Bole

They refer to CE later in the paragraph. It seems to me that the sentence implies that the "specific training" is a threshold qualification of the credential. This is factually incorrect.

Continuing Education, by definition, is something that happens AFTER you've met the threshold qualifications. If they want to say "specifically trained through continuing education," that would be fine by me.

Also, I'm not aware that CE for EAs must include "tax planning" and "representation." I believe it is sufficient if it simply covers "tax preparation" and "ethics."

And I'll bet I'm not the only reader to be confused. ;-)

MTW

Well, the link appears to be broken for now anyway. There are other
links being updated in this content area at www.IRS.gov (some with Dec
18 date, today), and they have yet to unveil their universal listing of
tax preparers, so stay tuned.
 
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Stuart A. Bronstein

MTW said:
They refer to CE later in the paragraph. It seems to me that the
sentence implies that the "specific training" is a threshold
qualification of the credential. This is factually incorrect.
Right. According to the IRS website, there does not seem to be any
required education or qualification to take the EA exam.
Also, I'm not aware that CE for EAs must include "tax planning"
and "representation." I believe it is sufficient if it simply
covers "tax preparation" and "ethics."
I'm not certain, but according to the IRS website it appears that CE
for EA's is divided into three categories: ethics, federal tax law
and federal tax law updates (why that's a separate category I don't
know).
 
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Mark Bole

"Mark Bole" wrote in message Here is a link I found interesting, it partially replaces an old link
from the archive IRS web site describing Enrolled Agents:

http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Understanding-Tax-Return-Preparer-Credentials-and-Qualifications

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The URL 404's (Not found). Looks as if the IRS removed the page.

Do you view previous posts before you reply? :)

Here is one that is still "live". The IRS web site is apparently still
under development, as they have their own broken links to fix.

http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Enrolled-Agents/Enrolled-Agent-Information
 

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