WHAT is an EA (Enrolled Agent)??

What is an EA (Enrolled Agent)?? As an Enrolled Agent (EA), I earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by passing a 2-day comprehensive IRS test covering individual, estate, trust, corporate, tax-exempt and partnership tax returns. In addition, I must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every 3 years. EA’s, like attorney’s and CPA’s, have unlimited practice rights with the IRS. Enrolled Agents are also privileged in all 50 States (not true for CPA’S). This means I am unrestricted as to which taxpayers I can represent, what types of tax matters I can handle, and which IRS offices I can represent clients before.  Although the IRS treats CPA’s and EA’s the same, there are differences, for example, the EA exam is all tax, the CPA exam has a lesser % of tax related questions.  Additionally, an EA cannot perform audits, or attest to financial statements.

 

About Sheryl Goguen

Enrolled Agent, Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor
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