WHAT IS AN ENROLLED AGENT?
An Enrolled Agent (EA) is a Federally authorized tax practitioner who has technical expertise in the field of taxation, and who is empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TAX PREPARER AND AN ENROLLED AGENT?
Tax Preparers preparing returns for a fee who are NOT Enrolled Agents are NOT required to complete annual continuing education hours.
Enrolled Agents, CPAs and Attorneys have completed competency exams for individual returns, as well as business, estate, and trust returns, and are licensed to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service.
Enrolled Agents are required to successfully complete 24 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours of approved continuing education per year and are required by the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) to complete 30 CPE hours per year.