What is an Enrolled Agent?
Enrolled agents are licensed by the federal government, have demonstrated special competence in tax matters and professional ethics, and can practice before the IRS anywhere in the United States.
Enrolled agents may present cases at all levels of the IRS and represent clients, with or without their presence, on such matters as examination of a filed return, liability for a delinquent return, payment of a past due tax and submission of a federal tax lien.
Why Become an Enrolled Agent?
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, IRS enrolled agents earn an average salary of $91,507 per year.
- The job outlook for IRS enrolled agents is expected to continue growing over the next 10 years due to the large number of retirements expected in the federal government and the increased vigilance of the IRS to collect taxes from higher earning individuals and businesses.
- Enrolled agents are needed in small and large public accounting firms, law firms, corporate accounting departments, state departments of revenue, investment firms, banks and in private practice.
- All EA candidates must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). For more information, visit the IRS website.
- In order to become a certified Enrolled Agent through the IRS, you will need to complete all three parts of the IRS exam, which is not part of the class or the course fee. Visit the Prometrics testing center site for more information.
- EAs require 72 hours of continuing education every two years.
- Visit www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/enrolled-agents for more information.