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Aug 12, 2013
Confessions of a Mad Tax Accountant #4: Receiving CPE Offers
C - Continuing
P - Professional
E - Education
“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.” ― Michel Legrand
Education is in my blood. My father was a principal and my mom was a day care director. In fact, I moonlight as an adjunct professor at a local college. I'm a strong believer in the importance of Continuing Professional Education (CPE). As an Enrolled Agent, I must obtain 72 hours of CPE every three years. I have no problem with the 72 hour requirement. However, I do have a problem with the tons of email I receive from CPE providers. Who is selling my information? How did these companies get my email address? Most people get spam mail about an inheritance scam or Viagra pills but people like myself get spam about CPE!
Honestly, I probably only used three online CPE providers. I like to stick with companies that I already trust. I'm not saying that other companies are scam artists. I just don't want to be bother with all of these offers. I find myself always unsubscribing from a mailing list that I never signed up for in the first place! My advice would be to just stick with two CPE providers. Life is already too complex to deal with more than two CPE providers.
I won't offer any recommendations about which CPE provider to chose. I believe that your CPE provider should be chosen based on your personal preference. For example, I only use CPE providers who have websites that don't look like they are stuck in the 90s (or early 2000s). This is my personal preference and I'm not saying everyone should follow it.
If you are the one selling my information to CPE providers.....shame on you!
Next confession: Arrogance of Some (Not All) Old Accountants (30+ years)