Marcie in Sewell, New Jersey said: CPA has been on my list of things to do for a while now. I sat forever ago and quickly gave up. Now I am married and a mother of three. Taking the test is not my worry. I am worried about the experience. I started my own tax practice two years ago and it is going great. Don't want to close up shop for a year to get experience. I always worked in AP and AR management when I was in the corporate world.
Since you're already committed to the tax business, passing the Enrolled Agent exam will give you the top credential in that industry. The CPA exam includes sections on audit and other subjects about which you're probably a little rusty. Plus, a CPA license is not proof of tax expertise like the EA designation. To decide the best avenue, you can look over some free sample questions for both the EA exam and the CPA exam at fastforwardacademy.com/index-page-free_trial_embed.htm.