When it comes to tax issues, a lot of folks think about hiring a tax attorney or certified public accountant. But the truth is, in most cases, you’d be wise to work with an enrolled agent (EA).
As the only type of tax practitioner licensed by the federal government, EAs stand apart from tax attorneys and CPAs because of their emphasis on taxation and their authority to represent both individuals and businesses before the IRS.
While you might not be familiar with the title of enrolled agent, it’s a designation that’s been around since 1884. Enrolled agents today are considered America’s top tax specialists, accounting for just 10% of all practicing tax pros.
EAs must undergo rigorous examination spanning all facets of the tax code in order to earn their professional license. The only other path to EA status is through five years of IRS employment in a role involving regular interpretation and application of tax code complexities. Anyone trying to become an enrolled agent must also pass a stringent IRS background check.
After becoming licensed, EAs are then required to do 72 hours of ongoing training every three years. For members of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, the requirement is even higher: 90 hours of continuing education in the same three-year period. NAEA members are held to a higher standard of integrity as well, requiring them to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct.
When you’re looking for a true tax specialist to take on your tax problem, you can’t go wrong bringing your troubles to one of the knowledgeable enrolled agents at Taxation Solutions, Inc. Serving the Atlanta area, we have a team backed by more than 40 years of experience. Contact us for a free tax consultation and learn more about what makes an enrolled agent such a smart tax advisor for you!