Each year when it is tax time you begin to see all the television ads and even people standing on corners dressed up like the statue of liberty advertising. They all want to do your taxes. In years past I have done my own and at times I have gone to places and have had them done for me. I have often thought that it would be nice to take an income tax course to be able to understand the entire tax world better and have a better understanding of my own taxes. Maybe then I would always be able to do them myself. I have often wondered just how much training the people in all those offices had to be able to do taxes.
As I have learned after viewing the site it is required that any person who is not an attorney, a CPA or an agent must pass an exam in order to prepare taxes. If you are doing them for money, then you must have a Preparer Tax Identification Number. So there is training and requirements as set forth by the IRS. That is good as it protects the preparer and the customer.
The basic information on the irs exams includes knowledge of the 1040 forms and the small business tax guidelines. To help you get ready, there is a great course provided by Fast Forward Academy. This course comes complete with a course book , study questions and practice exams that you can access at any time based on your schedule. The tests are actually made up of questions from past exams that have been put into practice mode. This allows you to practice as much as possible before spending money at a Prometric testing center. If you are going to pay money to take the test, you do want to pass it on the very first time.
If you are serious about taking and passing the test, the best way to do it is to get the course, study the questions and take many practice tests. There are many tax courses out there but for $299 you can get the course and unlimited exams. For $349 you can get what was just mentioned AND 1800 questions and answers. It is all the information you need to pass the required tests and is totally updated for the 2012-2013 tax years. There is even a 30 day money back guarantee! You cannot beat that.
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