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Enrolled Agent

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An enrolled agent is an individual who has been given the privilege of practicing before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which includes preparing and filing documents, communicating with the IRS, and representing taxpayers in matters involving the IRS.

There are two ways to become an Enrolled Agent:

  • With IRS experience. The IRS looks at past service and technical experience in granting enrolled agent status to previous IRS employees.
  • Taking an examination to show competence in tax matters.
In both cases, the applicant must complete an application and submit to a background check. The Special Enrollment Examination consists of three parts: Individual, Business, and Representation, Practice and Procedures. A CPA or attorney can also be considered an enrolled agent, because of their training and licensure.

For more information on becoming an Enrolled Agent, review the Enrolled Agent Information provided by the IRS.

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