Discussion:Good CPE?

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Java73 (talk|edits) said:

28 October 2013
I am looking for a real "hardcore" CPE program for 1120, 1120S, 1065 and 1041. I have been to many CPE's and they are all good however it always seems to be theory. Is there a system that incorporates filing of the forms along with theory. Kinda like the EA exam as tough as it was it in no way means you can file a tax return. Does anyone have a good CPE that takes you through filing of the returns. I am looking at PPC's desktop as maybe one of the best or at least it looks that way but I am open to whatever anyone knows of. Thanks in advance

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

29 October 2013
This would be great. The last time I took a class that actually showed you how to file the forms, it was HRB's Income Tax Course.

EatonCPA (talk|edits) said:

29 October 2013
I would love a Best Practices course on how to efficiently manage the tracking, preparation, and filing of the tax returns. I've only ever worked for this one boss doing taxes and I have no doubt I and our firm could do things better, I just have no idea what "better" might be.

Java73 (talk|edits) said:

29 October 2013
I can see this is not easy to find. One of the things I find very hard about this field besides the obvious, is the fact that it is very hard to get the proper training. With all the CPE stuff out there I still have not come across something were I said, WOW. Now thats an excellent course.

Java73 (talk|edits) said:

29 October 2013
@Eaton, I know what you mean. The old timers that do it well would never take the time to show you how.

Zokan (talk|edits) said:

29 October 2013
http://pnwtaxschool.com/oc-catalog?page=1 This company has courses where you actually fill out tax forms. I haven't taken the course on 1120S or 1065s but you might inquire with them to see. I have taken some of their other courses and liked the fact that I had to fill out tax forms during the course.

Java73 (talk|edits) said:

30 October 2013
Zokan, Did you find their material competitive? Their site is not well set up. I am surprised I could not find a search.

Snowbird (talk|edits) said:

30 October 2013
Java, have you looked at your software provider to see what they may offer? For example, Drake offers CPE courses utilitizing their software to complete a Sub C and S returns. 1120S CPE

I have no personal experience ... maybe someone else has used the CPE.

Edit: I should of read the footnotes ... apparently you can no longer get credit for software courses.

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

30 October 2013
I've taken a few WiseGuides courses. They show forms and excerpts of forms and where certain things should be reported, but never the actual filling of a form. I did say that when I checked out the IRS VITA program, but that's only for personal returns.

Zokan (talk|edits) said:

30 October 2013
Java73 I also find their site navagation to be a bit clunky, but I do like thier courses. The courses I have taken I have had to fill out actual tax forms.

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

31 October 2013
Why is one of my posts missing?

Trillium (talk|edits) said:

31 October 2013
Based on the discussion history (click the history tab at top of page), Eaton attempted to edit her post and inadvertently deleted any posts that followed it. I've reverted those posts, while keeping Eaton's most recent version of her post.

EatonCPA (talk|edits) said:

31 October 2013
Oops - thanks for fixing that Trillium.

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

31 October 2013
Thanks Trillium. I tried to determine what was wrong when I checked the history tab and went right past the culprit.

Norman-tx (talk|edits) said:

1 November 2013
I've taken Surgent-McCoy courses for several years. Most of their workshop courses end with completing the tax return. But, they usually don't have several returns to complete. Although their url says RTRP, the CPE credits are also valid for EAs

http://www.rtrpeducation.com/

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