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Shuray101 (talk|edits) said:

28 March 2011
My name is Shuray and I'm brand new to taxes. My hubby and I own a small business so I thought it was imperative to learn the in and outs of taxes. I have only prepared taxes for family and friends, but feel a passion to become an expert in this field an expand my expertise not only for others but myself as well. Maybe someone out there can help with a suggestion on which online tax course is the best. I have looked into several but not sure which would be best for me. My interest is individual and small business tax. I pretty much spend all day from early morning to late evening studying anything I can online about taxes (in between working in my home office...yes, I'm a workaholic). I would really appreciate any input from you big time experts and little experts as well, lol. Need all the help I can get.

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

Shuray

Belle (talk|edits) said:

March 28, 2011
Check out the Business Growth Forum.....lots of info there related to your questions.

Business Growth Community

Shuray101 (talk|edits) said:

29 March 2011
Thanks Belle!

MilTaxEA (talk|edits) said:

29 March 2011
At the very least, read through Pub 17. Also, buy a copy of The Tax Book - it is a great overall reference that can answer many questions. This is my first year using their product, and I plan on buying an updated edition every year. If you call them up (866-919-5277) and ask for an evaluation they may provide you a free online subscription to their materials for a couple of weeks (which is what they did for me).

Also, keep monitoring the discussions on this site. It is amazing the little gems you will discover in the discussions. This is by far the highest quality tax forum for professionals on the internet.

Flybynight (talk|edits) said:

29 March 2011
As far as getting quality training, I've heard very good things about the H&R Block program, although I understand there are some limitations on who can take the program since it's designed to train you to work for them. I know that there are some free EA Exam review programs, that might be a good place to start as well.

Jake67jake (talk|edits) said:

29 March 2011
Flybynight:

You can take the Block classes as long as you are not currently or do not "intend" to work for a competitor.

Jackie

MilTaxEA (talk|edits) said:

29 March 2011
Does working for yourself count as working for a competitor? Or maybe if you have dissociative identity disorder you aren't technically working for yourself...more like working against yourself or independent of yourself.

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

30 March 2011
I just had an idea. Check out the Link and Learn at www.irs.gov. It's the course the VITA volunteers take. I always review certain parts of it each year as a refresher. This year they added two specialty courses, one from HSA and the other one for COD.

MilTaxEA (talk|edits) said:

30 March 2011
Here is a hyperlink to Link and Learn. Take the "Advanced" course. It has all the content of the Basic and Intermediate courses plus some extra.

Shuray101 (talk|edits) said:

30 March 2011
Wow thanks guys for all the info this forum rocks! I went to the irs.gov site last night and found some webinar recordings there. I don't think it's a good idea to fall asleep while listening to a lot of new information that you're not familiar with. I found myself dreaming of what was being said {In the dream I was working in some type of law firm doing taxes} and then I woke up with a really bad headache. Overload on the cranium or...was the dream a reality?!..lmbo

Thanks again all,

Shuray

Suomalainen (talk|edits) said:

May 19, 2011
Shuray - - -

I retired in 6/08. Started doing taxes for VITA / AARP 1Q09. Took classes at Liberty fall 09. Got hired as branch manager for 1Q10, also did the AARP volunteer work, and formed an LLC to do taxes for my own business. Summer 10, joined National Association of Tax Professionals. Great learning at their summer meeting last year Austin, this year St. Louis. This year worked checking taxes for a COPA firm 25 miles away working 40 hours a week, and running my business the rest of the week. Grew from 8 paying blients to 34. Get another client tomorrow.

Good luck, get out there, there are tons of opportunities. And the answer is service, relationships, and experience. Go have a ball. My goal this summer is to become an EA.

Dave 985-801-9122

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