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Thread: IRS Taxes

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    IRS Taxes

    Was wondering if someone here would be able to help. What do I have to do to learn how to do taxes? I know how to do my own taxes by coping the year before as long as nothing has changed. But to do it professionally do I have to take a long course at a school or on line? One year a tax place told me they would teach me and all I had to do is pay for the books.But they were to call me when it came time and never did. Is this an accounting class and how long would I have to go to school for that?

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    Most people that do taxes are tax accountants - or CPAs. That requires a minimum of 2 year associates degree in accounting -- but most people want a degreed Tax Accountant who is also a Certified Public Accountant - because failure to properly file and pay taxes carries such huge disaster potential - so a minimum 4 years college plus passing your state's CPA test and getting licensed. You can go to work for H&R Block, who does advertise and offer to train you ....but i think that's kind of iffy....If you want a real, long term career, you really have to go to an accredited college of some kind. Good luck !!
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    I am a CPA and head of a large corporate tax department for 30 years before I retired. Most professional tax preparers have a 4 year college degree in accounting with several specialized tax classes. Many also have law degrees. I also know several preparers who don't have college degrees but learned the rules through many years of practical work experience working for those that did have the degrees. If you don't have the time or inclination to go the college degree route, you have a couple of options: one is to try to get an entry level job with a local CPA who would be willing to train you, and another is to take an individual income tax course at a local junior college or H&R block. I can almost guarantee you that it is much more complicated and involved than you think it will be. The US tax code and regulations are the most complicated in the world and to do it right takes years of study and experience. It is a very rewarding career if you want it.

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    I forgot to mention that if you want to be a "paid preparer" and are not a CPA or a lawyer, the IRS now requires one to register and pass a comprehensive examination before you can sign tax returns and be paid for that work. You can get information about this on the IRS website.

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    I do my taxes on this site for about 6 years now. Never have had a problem that they couldn't help me resolve. GREAT customer support.

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    My husband did taxes for H&R Block for 10 years. He took their classes and then had a job with them through tax season. There are also classes each year to take to keep your license. I noticed recently the classes are starting. Just call your local H&R Block office. They're open year round. Here's a link that tells you about classes:
    https://www.hrblock.com/corporate/income-tax-course/

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    Depending on your income, you may be able to get them done and filed online free. I volunteer and do taxes every year. Here is the website: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-...-by-Volunteers If you don't qualify, pass the information along to those who do. It's a great program!!!
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    Look into the AARP Tax Aide Volunteer program. I have been a tax preparer for five years and find it very rewarding. Training is included. Google it to get more info.
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    H&R Block have classes every year before tax time for people that want to learn..

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    I don't know in your area but around here most tax places like H&R Block will offer free classes. I know there is a test to take to see if you qualify but thats with everything.
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    I was on my way to being a CPA, until God decided that I should have a CVA that caused me to forget how to use numbers. I wish you much better luck. I did enjoy my schooling. Logic, logic, and more logic. You could start now, or wait four years and then be four years older, and still wanting to do it. Go to your local college and ask to speak with the financial aid office. That is how easy getting started is, and since you are a quilter, the math will be much easier for you than high school was. The one thing that every one who goes back to schools says is " why did I wait so long. It is lots less stressful than high school was, and no one ever wishes they had not gone. (My DD's taught me to use numbers again, they were 9 and 14 at the time, but I still have trouble with a check book, so I just never order checks!)
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    The two C.P.A.s we have had tells us the tax laws change every year. You have to be willing to keep up on all the changes. No way would I want the responsibility to do them.
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    My daughter is an accountant with a 4 year degree, and still has her taxes done by someone else who is a CPA. I think it is more complicated than it looks.
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    The laws about doing tax returns have changed over the years and have not gotten easier, even though they have called some of the changes "simplification acts". that is not a joke, though it sounds like one. I happen to be lucky enough to be a licensed tax consultant in Oregon and have prepared for several different places: H&R Blockqfranchises, company owned, AARP, Jackson Hewitt, and on my own. I started in 1980 ( at 30 years now) and have been through a lot over the years. However, it is one of the most rewarding things you can do IF you can pay attention to the details and the requirements of the IRS. Oregon has very strict and fair licensing laws that must be adhered to to prepare taxes for pay. Overall it is not cheap, but it is nice to only have to "work" for three and a half months of the year. There is a lot of responsibility to go along with this job. I did take the registered preparer test for the IRS and realized that I was more than adequately prepared to continue under the IRS rules. If you cannot pass that test (if and when it gets reinstated), you have no business preparing taxes. If you do decide to try it, I would go to the H&R Block closest to you and take their class. They have been preparing taxes for a long time and have very good classes, basic all the way to the hard stuff. As I stated before, there is a lot of self satisfaction knowing that you can do a job that not every one can, and if you like it, all the better. I can be very rewarding. Good luck with your decision... and if you can handle it, you can be retired and still do the job. it is a very good reason to get out of the house in the middle of winter......

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