Becoming an Enrolled Agent

What it took and feeling humble...

 

I started a journey that took a year of my life to complete - IRS exams. Do I still have my hair? I'll be 48 in 5 days and YES! I do have my hair... despite the long days and nights of working and studying.

What is my biggest takeaway? There is a lot to learn.

There is a big difference between becoming a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and an EA (Enrolled Agent). A CPA requires additional classes in accounting - Thank you University of Iowa for the Economics degree.... but in now way did I want to sit in a classroom at my age!

Both the CPA and EA tests include an ethics exam - that is important in this industry. Both require an exam with extensive questions in taxation rules and regulations. The biggest difference is that an EA is a federal license and a CPA is a state license.

Will I ever leave Arizona? Probable not, but it is good to know that I learned the necessities of the federal government.

2018 tax changes proved to be the largest tax reform since the 80's. It's a big deal - and it really evens the playing field. Just for fun (yes, this is my plan for Friday night...) take a look at the 1040 form 2017 and 2018 - what a difference. It's like adding the forward pass... the shot clock... and the designated hitter... all in one year.

So in closing, what a humbling journey to realize that I will never stop learning. I take pride in the fact that I passed all the EA tests on my first try (when there is a 62% fail rate). I know I couldn't have done it without my family - my son giving me a break from studying and Angela ensuring I ate and slept! I'm excited to see where this EA track takes us!