Long hours at work with piled high files may not seem like a dream job to most people, but IRS Enrolled Agents embrace it. They may have some uneasiness during their first season of preparing tax returns day and night from January through April. However, after some experience they somehow discover a little enjoyment from the process.
The main objective for most people passing the Enrolled Agent examination is possessing authority to assist taxpayers in resolving complex IRS troubles. But, most Enrolled Agents discover their high level of expertise is ideally suitable for preparing tax returns – especially those presenting the greatest difficulty.
An Enrolled Agent tax professional learns to avoid being overwhelmed by the frenzied rush toward the tax return due date. When April arrives, much of the days are filled with emailing clients to remind them about final items needed to complete their tax returns. The clients arriving with their packages of tax information are politely told about the process for extending their filing deadline. This leaves the duty of determining any tax due and disclosing how that figure is only an estimate.
Before the organizing time in April of preparation for completing straggler tax returns by October, an Enrolled Agent spends the busy season engaged in a tiring process that sometimes appears never ending. Experienced tax pros know what to expect every January through April and obtain some joy from a rhythmic bustle that appears grim to outsiders. Each tax return is a new achievement using the skills from EA training. Every tax form presents a challenge of meeting technical perfection.
Tax season is a genuine endurance contest – like a long distance race. Focusing on tiny details in every step maintains momentum. Lifting a half-ounce shoe doesn’t seem very exciting unless you’re confronted with doing so thousands of times over several miles. Similarly, plugging tax information into a computer may seem a little dull until you’re faced with having to accomplish this error-free task over several weeks of 10 to 12 hour days.
Among the advantages of tax season are the extra income brought to your business. Even an Enrolled Agent working for someone else can expect a grateful boss, who will provide financial incentives or future rewards of substantial time off in the summer. Plus, with so many long hours at the office during busy season, an EA incurs an automatic savings plan by lacking time for shopping.
Small factors slightly impede settling into a tidy routine of accomplishments during tax season. For example, because only a limited time is allotted for sleeping, immediate slumber without tossing and turning is vital. In addition, time away from home demands that family members pick up all the household chores. Tax pros are forced to delay getting around to cleaning the gutters until summer arrives. Busy season in the tax industry also necessitates customarily having two meals during working hours. Avoiding junk food is difficult, but beneficial. So is getting a little exercise, even if it’s only a brisk walk. Trips to the gym are out of the question when March arrives.
A few things along the way are necessary for smooth tax seasons without unhealthy stress. Obviously, the most crucial element is retaining knowledge from Enrolled Agent courses. Pleasure from a high volume vocation depends upon understanding the work it entails. Plenty of hot coffee is also important. Some bad weather is helpful to avoid a longing for the outdoors. This gets a little more difficult as April approaches. But, on the positive side, coffee that’s less hot is more tolerable as the weather gets warmer.
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