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What is an Enrolled Agent?

Most people have heard about Certified Public Accountants, or CPAs. But there is another designation of highly specialized tax expert that the IRS authorizes: The Enrolled Agent.

Enrolled Agents, or EAs, are licensed by the federal government to represent taxpayers before the IRS. The profession dates back to 1884 when, after questionable claims had been presented for Civil War losses, Congress acted to regulate persons to represent citizens in their dealings with the United States Treasury Department.

EAs are tax specialists. They have passed a demanding, comprehensive, three-part test which covers both individual and business tax returns. Unlike attorneys and CPAs who may or may not choose to specialize in taxes, all enrolled agents specialize in taxation.

From the IRS Website:

“Enrolled agent is the highest credential the IRS awards. Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years.

Enrolled agents, like attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs), have unlimited practice rights. This means they are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before.”


Fox & Company has the privilege of having several Enrolled Agents on our team. We are proud to be have such skilled practitioners working for our clients!