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I took the H&R Block classroom course when I was in your position and just finished my 8th tax season working for them in Oregon. On average, I work 15-20 hours a week for 3 months and earn around $5000. More than I would make at any other part time seasonal job where the employer is willing to work around my schedule.

What I liked about the classroom course was that we did all the practice work using paper and pencil. To this day, that helps me because I can look at a tax return and tell where I made a mistake. If I'd only learned on the computer, it would be harder to tell where I didn't enter the info correctly.

As IRA said, we are looking at national registration/licensing coming down the road. And, realistically, by having some kind of competency requirement the clients will be better served. Oregon has required licensing and continuing education for years and I know the feds are looking at Oregon as an example. I'm now an EA so it's less of a concern to me.
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