Frequently Asked Questions
These are the most common questions we receive from people interested in TaxMama’s® Enrolled Agent (EA) Exam Course.
If this is your first time here make sure you listen to the EA Exam Overview and read the Over view of the EA Exam and TaxMama’s® Class PDF.
- Watch the online Presentation – (flv) All About EA Exam 2014
- Read the presentation outline – (pdf)) All_About_EA_Exam 2014_LecturePDF
- Listen to the presentation – (mp3) All About EA Exam 2014
Click on the down arrow to the left of the question to read the answer, if there is no arrow the question title will link to the answer on another page. If you do not find your question in this list, please send it to us here and we will add the answer to the list. Thank you.
What are the minimum equipment requirements for my computer?
(Close) What are the minimum equipment requirements for my computer?
TaxMama’s® Live Course takes place online using flash based conferencing software from HotConference. Please take a minute to check that your computer has the minimum requirements to ensure a hassle free experience – Mac owners should have no problem.
Note: If you plan to pass the EA Exam, you will have to demonstrate that you can follow instructions. Ensure that your computer will work with our conference system BEFORE signing up for the class. We will not be wasting precious class time helping you get your system to work!
Use this link to test your computer’s compatibility with the conference system.
If you have a problem, tech support is available
Mon-Fri 8:30am EST-8:30pm EST
Here is an open room you can use to practice in and play with.
We will be using Internet Audio..
|Microprocessor||Pentium III® or compatible||Pentium III® or compatible|
|Memory||64 MB of RAM||128 MB of RAM|
|Operating System||Windows 98SE or higher||Windows XP|
|Screen Resolution||800 x 600||1024 x 768|
|Internet Connection||20 Kbps Dial-Up||Broadband Cable or DSL|
|Hard Drive Space||1 MB||2 MB|
The live course is interactive. You will be encouraged to ask and answer questions – just like in a real classroom. Most computers come with microphones and speakers already built in but you MUST have a headset to participate! Desktop mic’s or computer mic’s generate HORRIBLE feedback in the class.
If you don’t have a specific audio card in your computer with a place to plug in the devices, consider getting devices with a USB plug. That way, even if you only have one USB port, you can use a USB hub with 4-7 sockets. They can be relatively cheap – or expensive – up to you. All these are under $26.00
You’ll find more USB hubs.
What is your shipping policy?
(Close) What is your shipping policy?
All Materials will be shipped within 3 business days, starting after May 5, 2011
All materials are shipped out via USPS Priority Mail, FOB TaxMama’s® location. They should arrive at your location within three days, unless you are off the USPS beaten path, in which case it may take longer. If you do NOT receive your materials within three days, please contact TaxMama’s office IMMEDIATELY for the tracking information.
Note: We will send your package to the shipping address you provide in your registration. It is your responsibility to provide accurate information. If you do not receive the package due to USPS error or your error, it is your responsibility to sort it out with the USPS. We will reship materials – but you will have to pay for them. You may, of course, file a claim with the USPS for delivering the materials to the wrong place. If you tend to have problems receiving mail as a matter of course, let us know and we will provide you with a quote for the additional cost to insure your package – or for other shipment services.
However, if you do not receive your materials because we typed the wrong address into the label – we will reship at our expense.
(Expand) What does the Enrolled Agent (EA) Exam actually cover?
(Close) What does the Enrolled Agent (EA) Exam actually cover?
The EA Exam is split into three different sections, click on the title to see full details:
How do I apply for and take the EA Exam?
(Close) How do I apply for and take the EA Exam?
What is your refund policy?
(Close) What is your refund policy?
IF YOU DON’T PASS THE EXAM THE FIRST TIME, COME ON BACK AND TAKE THE NEXT CLASS FREE.
You will only pay for new books and materials – about $150 – $450.
If you decide to drop out? To get a refund, you must request it within 30 days or 4 scheduled class sessions, whichever come first. Your entire registration will be refunded, less the cost of the books and disks you have received, or software that has been downloaded – $175.00 to $450.00 depending on the class.
There is a minimum cancellation fee of $75.00
(We cannot accept used books, software download codes, and discs.)
So, remember – after 30 days, please don’t ask.
Will I pass if I don't know anything about tax and have no experience?
(Close) Will I pass if I don't know anything about tax and have no experience?
Also, it is true, that many people have passed the EA Exam just by taking this class, without any experience or tax education. But they worked their buns off and studied intensely for three or four whole months! We can’t promise that you will pass the first time. But you’ll get one heck of an education – and you’ll learn how to be a great tax professional! And you’ll get three more shots at passing the exam this year. So, odds are, if you do the work, you’ll pass during this testing window which runs from May 1st and closes at the end of the following February.
Will I pass if I have no experience, but have an education?
(Close) Will I pass if I have no experience, but have an education?
If you haven’t really worked with the forms; and you’re not really familiar with how they look, how they are laid out, or how the numbers flow from one form to another…you’ve got your work cut out for you. But most people with your background pass. Why? They worked their buns off and studied intensely for three or four whole months! We can’t promise that you will pass. But you’ll get one heck of an education – and you’ll learn how to be a great tax professional!
Will I pass if I have lots of tax experience but no education?
(Close) Will I pass if I have lots of tax experience but no education?
You may have experience, but chances are, you don’t know the fundamentals, or the code sections. You’re going to have to learn a great deal, especially if you’ve never had formal accounting or formal bookkeeping training.
But, yes, you have a great shot. Study. Study with a buddy. Do the homework. Run the quizzes. Use the hypnosis tools. Trust your first instincts… Do all that? And yes, I guarantee that you’ll pass. Practically everyone who follows TaxMama’s® instructions and does all the work – passes And they worked their buns off and studied intensely for three whole months!
If I pass one part, how long do I have to pass all the other parts?
(Close) If I pass one part, how long do I have to pass all the other parts?
For instance, if you pass Part 1 on May 22, 2011, you have until May 21, 2013 to pass Part 2 and Part 3.
Are you seeing a pattern here?
Basically, it boils down to this: Anyone who takes the class, AND comes to ALL the sessions, AND studies with their study buddy – these are the people who pass – even without previous education and experience. There IS enough information in TaxMama’s® EA Exam Course to teach you enough about taxation to pass any tax exam – or the tax part of any other professional examination, like the CPA exam, the CMA exam, the CFP exam, even the Bar exam. All you have to do is – LEARN!
We know that we can give you a good grounding in the following: The rules of US taxation on all the subjects the exam has ever covered. Cheat Sheets to help you retain a summary of the tax information you’ll need. Books and software and supplies that explain the answers to previous exams. Study tools and memory tools to increase your confidence and improve your memory.
ONLY FROM TAXMAMA®
- Study buddies to keep you on track and study with you.
- Arrange to meet online with study buddies anywhere in the world.
- BONUS: Practice Tips to help you make a better living right now – even before you pass the EA Exam.
- Personal attention – TaxMama® will guide you in your studies.
- Client Referrals. TaxMama® is not accepting new clients. So she refers them to her students who demonstrate competence in the areas requested by the potential client.
Please, join us. We’re looking forward to spending the next several months with the best students in the country – heck! In the world!
We hope you’re one of those ‘best’ students!
Eva Rosenberg, MBA, EA