Taking a course can be a good way to learn how to file your own forms, help others and earn extra income. Once the tax preparation classes have been completed the student is on his or her way to a new career.
This is not quite the same thing becoming an enrolled tax agent. An enrolled agent are the only people authorize by the IRS to represent a client during appeals. The course of study does not require a college degree but enrolled agent continuing education requirements are required. These can vary within each organization but must meet or exceed the IRS minimum guidelines of 16 hours annually.