An enrolled agent (EA) is a federally licensed tax practitioner who has technical expertise in the field of taxation and is empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers for audits, collections and appeals before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled Agents are required to demonstrate to the IRS their competence in matters of tax before they can represent taxpayers before the IRS. Unlike attorneys and CPAs, who may or may not choose to specialize in taxes, all EAs specialize in taxation.
Only enrolled agents demonstrate their competence in matters of taxation and report their hours of continuing professional education to IRS. Enrolled agents are the only taxpayer representatives who receive their right to practice directly from the U.S. government (certified public accountants and attorneys are licensed by states and their licenses are state specific). Unlike attorneys and certified public accountants, who may or may not choose to focus on taxes, all enrolled agents specialize in taxation.The principal concern of NAEA and its members is honest, intelligent and ethical representation of the financial position of taxpayers before government agencies. Members of NAEA must fulfill continuing professional education requirements that exceed IRS’ standards. In addition, NAEA members adhere to a stringent code of ethics and rules of professional conduct as well as the Treasury Department’s Circular 230 regulations. NAEA members belong to a strong network of experienced, well-trained tax professionals who effectively represent their clients and work on behalf of taxpayers to see that the tax code is fairly applied and reasonably enforced.
In addition to the stringent testing and application process,IRS requires enrolled agents to complete 72 hours of continuing professional education every three years to maintain their licenses. NAEA members are obligated to complete 90 hours in each three year period. Due to the expertise necessary to become an enrolled agent and the requirements to maintain the license, there are only about 40,000 practicing enrolled agents. Learn more at www.naea.org
What does the NTPI Fellow® designate? Learn more at https://www.naea.org/education-events/national-tax-practice-institute/ntpi-fellow
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