What is an enrolled agent (EA)?

An EA must pass a three-part Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) that covers individual tax returns, business tax returns, and representation before the IRS.  An EA must complete 72 hours of continuing education every three years, taking a minimum of 16 hours annually.  An EA generally has unlimited representation rights before the IRS.

Why should an enrolled agent represent you and your tax filings and what distinguishes an enrolled agent from other tax professionals?

The EA is the most expansive license IRS grants a tax professional.  An EA has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the IRS.  EA are generally unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and the IRS offices (e.g. examination, collection, and appeals) before which they can practice.

Find an enrolled agent near you!

You can locate an EA in your area by calling toll-free 800-424-4339 or online by clicking on the EA Finder link below.

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