Why should I choose an enrolled agent who is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA)?
The principal concern of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and its members is honest, intelligent and ethical representation of the financial position of taxpayers before the governmental agencies. Members of NAEA must fulfill continuing professional education requirements that exceed the IRS’ required minimum. In addition, NAEA members adhere to a stringent Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct of the Association, as well as the Treasury Department’s Circular 230 regulations. NAEA members belong to a strong network of experienced, well-trained tax professionals who effectively represent their clients and work to make the tax code fair and reasonably enforced.
What Distinguishes an Enrolled Agent from Other Tax Professionals?
The Enrolled Agent(EA) is the most expansive license IRS grants a tax professional. An EA has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the IRS. Enrolled Agents are generally unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and the IRS offices before which they can practice.
What’s the Difference between an Enrolled Agent and Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP)?
An EA must pass a three-part exam that covers individual tax returns, business tax returns, and representation before the IRS. A Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) must pass a minimum competency exam that covers individual tax returns. An EA must complete 72 hours of continuing education every three years, taking a minimum of 16 hours annually. An RTRP must complete 15 hours of continuing education annually. An EA generally has unlimited representation rights before the IRS; an RTRP may represent taxpayers only during the exam phase if they prepared the return under audit.