Why would someone hire an enrolled agent for a tax problem?
When you ask the average person what type of professional handles large tax liabilities and audits, you typically hear the same two responses: Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and Tax Attorneys.
So why do you keep hearing about Enrolled Agents (EA) as you research solutions to your tax concern?
WHAT IS AN EA?
Enrolled Agent status is a special designation made by the IRS. An EA has the authority to represent any taxpayer anywhere in the United States, on a wide variety of tax issues.
- “Enrolled agent status 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.”
WHY ARE THEY SO POPULAR?
An EA, put simply, is the sweet spot for most IRS, state, and local tax issues. An EA’s career is often laser-focused on tax matters, allowing the EA to develop superior experience and expertise, while charging reasonable fees for the service. Attorneys and CPAs tend to offer a variety of services, meaning clients may pay hourly rates of $300 or more to receive less specialized and perhaps even less experienced representation.
IS AN EA RIGHT FOR MY TAX NEEDS?
In many circumstances, the administrative tax representation provided by an Enrolled Agent is the best way to tackle your tax issue, but each tax case is unique. Luckily, there is a quick easy way to discuss your best options by calling or filling out the contact form on this page. You will receive a free consultation by a tax analyst who will be happy to help educate you on your options.