If you are a paid tax return preparer, you will be required to pass the Registered Tax Return Preparer, or RTRP exam, unless you are a CPA, attorney, Enrolled Agent or directly supervised by an approved tax return preparer.
I highly recommend anyone in the tax preparation field become an RTRP unless they are already a CPA, attorney or EA. An RTRP designation will enable you to 1) have the ability to promote and supervise other tax return preparers, and 2) have job security. If you are an RTRP, this designation allows you the ability to work anywhere and provides you the freedom to work for yourself. If you work for a preparer and you are not an RTRP, you don’t have the ability to switch jobs as easily. I have heard many employers telling their employees, you don’t need an RTRP designation because you work for me. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS CAREER TRAP! You need the RTRP designation on your resume and it makes you more valuable to your employer or any future employer. Pass the RTRP exam today!
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