What is an Enrolled Agent?
An Enrolled Agent is a tax professional licensed by the Federal government to represent taxpayers. An EA is an expert in tax planning and the preparation of tax returns, and an effective advocate on behalf of taxpayers before the IRS and State tax agencies. An EA is required to demonstrate competence in matters of taxation; the right to represent taxpayers comes directly from the US Department of the Treasury.
Unlike many tax preparers for whom tax preparation is a seasonal job, EA's provide tax services year-round in the field of tax planning, preparation, and representation. The Department of the Treasury's Circular 230 provides stringent regulations governing the practice of Enrolled Agents before the IRS. Enrolled Agents are bound by a rigorous Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct. After successfully passing a comprehensive 3-part examination and background check, an EA is required to maintain a schedule of professional continuing education in the field of taxation.