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Enrolled Agent (EA)

Definition - What does Enrolled Agent (EA) mean?

An enrolled agent (EA) is a U.S. taxation expert who has the authorization of the U.S. Department of Treasury to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Apart from attorneys and certified public accountants (CPA), enrolled agents are the only professionals that have the right to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

Justipedia explains Enrolled Agent (EA)

Enrolled agent status is the highest credential that the IRS awards. Once someone is awarded the status of EA, they must adhere to the ethical standards prescribed by the IRS as well as further their education by taking at least 72 hours of courses every three years. Data from the National Association of Enrolled Agents shows that, currently, there are 48,000 practicing enrolled agents in the United States. Unlike attorneys and CPAs, who are licensed on a state-by-state basis, enrolled agents can practice in all of the 50 states.

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