The IRS competency test for tax return preparers is open for business
It's the moment you've been waiting for, at least if you're a tax preparer who needs to be registered by the IRS in order to continue hanging out your shingle. The IRS competency test for tax return preparers is open for business, so you can start queuing up to take the test and get your official "Registered Tax Return Preparer" designation.
Licensed CPAs and lawyers get the right to be snooty about this test and the accompanying designation because, even if you're a CPA who hasn't the foggiest idea what a Form 8582 is and who couldn't calculate the Alternative Minimum Tax if your life depended on it, or a criminal lawyer whose only connection with taxes relates to the tax scofflaws he defends, you get a bye from the IRS on taking the test. Enrolled agents, whom, we would assume, would actually be on top of the tax laws, get to overlook the test as well. For the rest of you, it's time to brush up on the intricacies of the tax law and take your medicine, uh, that is, test.
Prior to this role, Caleb served as the editor of Going Concern since its founding in 2009. During his time as editor, Going Concern quickly became one of the most popular and talked about websites in the accounting profession. He has been named one of Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People every year since 2011 and has been published on numerous websites, including Above the Law, Deadspin, Denver Business Journal, and the Huffington Post.
Caleb is an adjunct professor of journalism the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches Internet Media.
Prior to falling bass ackwards into the media business, Caleb spent over five years working in public accounting, with more than three of those years at KPMG. Caleb received a Master of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Caleb spends a lot of time on a bicycle and reading, but never at the same time.