Mr. Rain is right, if you want to be a Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) or an Enrolled Agent designations it depends on you. You will have unlimited to represent your clients before the IRS with all level if you are an EA, and limited with the IRS if you are RTRP. I myself has had PTIN for a long time ago, and I've learnt that the new rule would effect all Tax Preparers in the next few year before I became an EA. Hope this will be helpful.
That depends on you. For many, this is a great time to get the EA. What we hear most often is that it makes sense because you must take an exam and CPE anyway, so why not put in a little more effort and go for it. We also have CPA review if you are really ambitious.
If you are going to test and need CPE anyway go for the EA!!!
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