We all like to think that we have a certain level of common sense and try not to do stupid things. This is particularly true when those things can get us killed or cause us to suffer significant damage. Ok so there aren’t too many of out there that want to be a gunfighter.
Let try something a bit closer to home. Let assume you have been an RTRP preparing tax returns for three or four years, make doing some QBOnline bookkeeping. Finally things are starting to come together. You manage to finish your Associates Degree in accounting. Here is what took so we have it handy for reference;
You got the AAS with 23 hours of accounting course.[Note the Excel and the Careers class probably don’t count toward sitting for the CPA exam.] Next thing you know you pass the last part of the Special Enrollment Exam., the background check is done and now you are an EA. Congratulations that truly is an accomplishment. After you are done celebrating you decide to see what kind of a job you can get.
The IRS has a bunch of locations around you so you decide to check out the jobs there. One of the most common starting jobs is as a Revenue Agent. The Revenue is front line of the IRS and you passed the SEE so the be welcoming right.
Nope….the nice lady points to a sign and it says that entry level Revenue Agents need a bachelors’ degree, and 30 hours of accounting courses, or of those CPA thingies.You ask what the hell is going on…I thought that EA’s were America’s Tax Experts, that sign all of ads say. Well they lied. The nice lady points to a sign:
You read the sign a dozen time ….the IRS and the NAEA keep telling us that we are America’s Tax Experts but we are not good enough for America’s tax agency. Nope that is NOT what they said. They said “accounting, accounting, accounting…..CPA exam. Many EA’s are absolutely sharp and do their jobs well. They need to get the accounting hours and computer science hours to protect their careers.
Ok…I am here and still need a job. You ask the nice lady..what jobs are open at the IRS to new EA with AAS? She says lots of them….Mail Clerk, File Clerk, Administrative Assistant, and Custodian. Wow….that just SUCKS!!! The lady points to another sign:
Sure enough I did not make this stuff up there you have it in Black and White. The IRS considers EA’s without a bachelor’s degree to be, says it CLERICAL AND ADMIN, NOT PROFESSIONALS. The IRS decided not me.
Further if you are an EA that wants to be a Revenue Agent get the books and start studying.
Well what do you guys think….I didn’t put the outline together to abuse all of you it took time. Go ahead and read through the outline and see what else you don’t know. There is a whole bunch of stuff in the outline that your organization isn’t talking much about. I can’t tell anyone what to do, but, I am always willing to have the conversation.