Skills/knowledge/certs for tax accountant with free time (done with cpa)?

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    Jeff987
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    I'm a tax accountant (in public) and have a lot of free time since busy season. I don't need any cpe till next year. What are some things I should learn or skills I should attain? Any other certs I should get?

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    Anonymous
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    Maybe take the EA exam if you have some time on your hands and your serious about extending your tax career. Maybe even get a Masters in Taxation to enhance your overall knowledge in tax and excel with your company and your career as a tax accountant long-term. Hope that helps.

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    mla1169
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    Learn how to install laminate flooring lol! That's how I spend my weekends now that I'm done studying forever!

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    Skynet
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    Jeff987
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    ^^^Epic you two xDDD

    I mean accounting related stuff that will help me in my career. Is CPA all there is for a tax accountant?

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    Anonymous
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    Tax accounting is one of my primary interests and from what I've researched the EA is pretty much the gold standard for strictly tax accounting. However, having your CPA license already makes pursuing that particular license a bit impractical.

    Have you thought of looking into pursuing a CFP or PFS credential? That's my next course of action once I've completed the CPA exam since I think a lot of the planning aspects tie in nicely with tax accounting. I know at least for the PFS credential (which is through the AICPA), tax planning counts towards the experience requirements needed, and the PFS requires less hours of experience overall than the CFP.

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    Jeff987
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    DW, I don't really want to go back to school. I agree with Amanda about the EA.

    I'm not really interested in any financial planning stuff. I guess all there is now is learning more excel formulas and getting good at tax research.

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    Anonymous
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    Super geek son is teaching me to write computer code. I'm still working on the basics of javascript. He says I have “A long, long, long, long way to go.” But it has kept me from going crazy the past 3 weeks. For a 16 year old, he's a pretty good teacher, but I'm kind of tired of hearing “Did you make sure your semicolon's are in the right place?”

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    Jeff987
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    Kricket, why are you learning to code?

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    ^^ not that i am kricket, but coding is super interesting. and if you learn VBA then you can use it with all the office suite really easily.

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    zieba
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    Was just giving this topic some thought the other day. I'm going to pick up a books on advanced Excel and entry level Access skills. I want to be highly proficient in both.

    After the CPA, I'm also going to tack on the CFE exam and I'd like a business valuation credential as well.

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    san4596
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    I am planning on learning another language after passing FAR. I live in Texas and there are a ton of Mexicans who cannot speak any english. So, I figure it would be best to learn their language to increase my marketability, and be able to hire some cheap labor when a large lawn project needs to be completed. 😉

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    zieba
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    Sounds good! Now that you won't be running for office, like ever. lol

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    Anonymous
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    Well If I have passed Far then I am enrolling into a community college and will get some credits done so I can meet the 150 requirement.

    So I will be super busy. Plus doing those courses will help me attain the CPE hours I need anyway for my other designation.

    At some stage I will take a course in art and photography. it would be nice to learn something new.

    Oh – I already know how to install flooring. I can do all three – floating, nail down or glue down. Glue down was the most messy but it was the best. My nails hated me for a few weeks…

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    StephAV
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    I also want to learn another language… My dream is to move to another country and use my CPA and my espanol! Sorry don't know how to do the n with the squiggly over it. That may be the first thing I'd learn. My spanish is not too bad. Not fluent but I understand pretty well.

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