What Is An Enrolled Agent?

An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the right to represent taxpayers in front of the Internal Revenue Service by completing a three-part comprehensive IRS exam covering individual and business tax forms, or by having worked for the IRS previously. The IRS’s highest credential awarded is the status of enrolled agent. Individuals who achieve this elite rank must follow strict ethical guidelines and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years to maintain their designation.

Enrolled agents have unlimited practice rights, similar to attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs). This implies they have no limitations on the categories of taxpayers they can represent, the types of tax issues they can manage, or the IRS offices they can represent clients before. The organization that represents licensed EAs is The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA).

What Do Enrolled Agents Do?

An enrolled agent represents taxpayers before the IRS for any issues relating to tax appeals, collections, or audits. They are allowed to represent, advise, and prepare tax returns for people, corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts, and anything else that is required to report to the IRS.

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