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June 19, 2012

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Paul C

Trish,
I wouldn't think that needing to explain to potential clients why you didn't take the RTRP exam would be a reason for taking the exam when you are already an EA. If it came up, I would explain that the exam for becoming an EA is more demanding than that for the RTRP (no reference material allowed, more subject matter) and the CPE requirements are greater, as you are aware.

Having said that, one issue that is probably only going to become more apparent is that few people outside the profession know anything about the EA designation, including even its existence, unlike the awareness of the CPA designation, in contrast. And now, with all the focus by the IRS on the RTRP designation, including efforts to increase public awareness, the EA designation may actually decrease in relative awareness and marketability, because of the attention paid to RTRP.

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