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Questions about becoming an Enrolled Agent (EA)?

I have been looking into this for some time. I know what an EA is and what they do. I know about the exam, etc. My question is actually regarding the 'work environment'. If I graduate with a BS in Accounting and pass the EA exam (I'll be taking additional courses on taxation and studying my butt off), what are my options? How do I build up a clientele if I plan on becoming self-employed at some point? Should I work as a general accountant first or dive right in to start my own tax consultation and preparation service? Where would I work as an EA if I'm not self-employed? Regardless, are EAs generally busy year-round or does it 'peak' during tax time and hit a 'low' during the rest of the year? I know this is what I want to do. I'm just not sure of how to go about doing it. Suggestions? Comments?

Asked By: Muse - 7/22/2009
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I'm going to give you two answers - one about the job environment. Then, below that, an answer I gave to a CPA who wanted to know why she should become an enrolled agent... More
Answered By: TaxMama - 7/24/2009
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When an EA is busy depends on his or her clientele. The more complicated returns aren't finished until well after the April 15th deadline... More
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Answered By: garyg7 - 7/22/2009
 
First off, our firm IS a Limited Liability Parntership of tax professionals; however none of us are EAs - By Choice. Being an EA "could" bring you additional business down the road as you would be able to represent a taxpayer before an Appeals Officer or a Collection employee on a tax return that you did not get paid... More
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Answered By: MisterZero - 7/22/2009
 
Most EAs are self employed. The other employment route is to work for someone else, typically a CPA firm, or, if you must, H&R Block. If you work for a CPA firm, the assumption from your colleges and bosses is that you are going to pursue a CPA... More
Answered By: Chuckie O - 7/22/2009
 
Go for it... More
Answered By: Max Hoopla - 7/22/2009
 
I would recommend taking and passing the EA exam as soon as possible. If you're working for an accounting firm, it will increase your value to your employer and may be reflected in your paycheck. Should you eventually become self-employed, being an EA will help you build your clientele as you build your business. Don't... More
Answered By: johnhuntback - 7/24/2009
 
I have both. I gort my EA first then the CPA. When I deal with the IRS I do not mention the CPA, because the Service will listen more to an EA when you bring up an issue. The CPA doesn't usually have as much experience in dealing with the IRS... More
Answered By: Chuck & Stephanie N - 7/25/2009
 
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