James Heyward

James Heyward CPA, EA

About James

“James E. Heyward is a CPA, Enrolled Agent, and founder of Heyward CPA.”

James E. Heyward is a Certified Public Accountant, Enrolled Agent, and founder of Heyward CPA. He is based in Durham, North Carolina and is in the process of opening an office in Queens, New York. Heyward CPA strives to be a “next-generation” accounting firm that combines technology with a trusted advisor approach to provide more value to clients, ultimately becoming a partner in their success. He also writes about entrepreneurship, personal finance, and other money matters at Financial Flipside, his recently launched blog.


Bachelors, Sociology, Duke University



Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a designation issued by the Boards of Accountancy

Educational/Exam Requirements (varies by state, CA example):

  • A minimum of 48 semester hours of accounting and business-related courses
  • 14 hour exam testing auditing, financial accounting, regulation, and business environment

Prerequisites/Experience Required:

  • A bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university, and
  • Two years of general accounting experience, or equivalent

Public Disciplinary Process? Yes

Continuing Education Requirements: 80 hours of continuing professional education every two years

Enrolled Agents (EA) are licensed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Educational/Exam Requirements to Obtain:

  • Pass a 3-part written exam or have accepted IRS experience
  • Prerequisites/Experience Required:
  • Pass a background check to ensure that applicant has not engaged in any conduct that would justify the suspension of an enrolled agent from practice before the IRS

Public Disciplinary Process? No, but consumers can contact the IRS to determine whether an EA is subject to any disciplinary action.

Continuing Education Requirements:

  • 72 hours over a three-year enrollment period; minimum of 16 hours each year
  • 6 hours of ethics training over three-year enrollment period

Typical Clients

Business Owners Young professionals

How I Can Help

Personal Finance Taxes

Fee Structure

Fee-only Hourly Commission and Fee Commission Other Contingency
Learn more about how advisors are paid in our Guide to Advisor Compensation.

Typical minimum Client Assets:

No preference


Phone: (919) 680-1981 Address: 2530 Meridian Parkway Suite 2053
Durham, NC 27712

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