- Paperback: 780 pages
- Publisher: Passkey Publications (March 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193566414X
- ISBN-13: 978-1935664147
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,461,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PassKey EA Review Complete: Individuals, Businesses and Representation: IRS Enrolled Agent Exam Study Guide 2012-2013 Edition
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About the Author
Richard Gramkow is an Enrolled Agent with over 15 years of tax experience. He holds a Master's Degree in Taxation and is currently a Tax Manager for a publicly held Fortune 500 company in the New York metropolitan area.
Christy Pinheiro is an Enrolled Agent, Accredited Business Accountant, and writer. Christy was an accountant for two private CPA firms before going into private practice.
Collette Szymborski is a Certified Public Accountant and the managing partner of Elk Grove CPA Accountancy Corporation. She specializes in the taxation of corporations, individuals, and exempt entities.
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Top Customer Reviews
I found the guide very easy to read with important questions after each chapter to help solidify the important concepts. What I found especially helpful is that the concepts are repeated more than once in different words to make it easier to retain. The workbook provides 100 question exams that are also important review so I recommend getting both. I found the questions very similar to the ones on the actual EA exams.
Bottom line, the price is very reasonable and gets you prepared to pass the exams. What more do you want?
Specifically, Part II does discuss basis, but the practice questions and examples are overly simplified. Real life and, especially, the the Special Enrollment Exam are more complex. This book also focuses to much, in my opinion, on having the student memorize form numbers and names. Out of three hundred questions on the SEE, I only needed to know Form numbers for two forms, that were not common return forms. Therefore, it's a waste of the students time to memorize 20 form numbers.
I spent approximately 30 hours studying each section, and an additional 5 hours using smart phone apps, and a Gleim practice test. I passed each part of the SEE on my first attempt, approximately a month apart for each part, and I took Part I, then Part III, and finished with Part II. I have a degree in Geology, not accounting.
In conclusion, use this guide and practice exams as your building blocks, but also use other practice questions to make sure you are encountering all types of questions that will be on the SEE.
Minus one star for not focusing on basis better, and four stars because it worked.
I am not a tax professional. I do have a strong financial and technical background, as well as self-preparation of my taxes the last 10 years. Before this book, I"ve become more or less familiar with a decent amount of what is in the J.K.Lasser guides - those are inexpensive and very good - though not structured to help you on this EA test perse, but the content and presentation is very similar. A good complement to this EA book.
How I studied:
I've only taken and passed the first test. I'm taking the 2nd one in 3 days. I read the entire "section" of the book for that test, highlighting parts I felt were important or things that were mentioned in the review questions at the end of each chapter. I made sure I got right and understood why every question in the review questions were. I went back and re-read all my highlights again. I had a notebook where i kapt all my answers to these end of chapter review questions and compared my scores over the 2-3x I answered the questions (without looking at the answers of course!). It helped me target what topics I was weakest in.
Result: passed 1st test in little under 2 hours on my first try.
Things left out of the book:
When I took the part 1 of the test, there were at least 2 questions (of the 100) related to Household employees, and whether or not the employer is required to withhold FICA taxes, and some other topics related to Household employees and "schedule H." There was nothing in the book that mentioned this.
End result: I passed all 3 sections on the first try using the methods described above.
I'll edit this some more as I come across what's important / helpful and whatnot. Good luck.
It is well laid out and easy to follow compared to reading for example, Publication 17 or Circular 230, but contains all the essential information. There was nothing on the actual exam that was not covered in this book. I should also point out that I used this review to pass the RTRP exam (Registered Tax Return Preparer) so no need to buy a special book for that either.
UPADATE- I have passed all 3 parts of the SEE using only this study guide, workbook and free online test banks. I found the material in the older version (2012-13) to still be relevant even though I took part II and III in the 2013-14 testing window. I did not buy an updated version as not much has changed. Good deal for the money.