Are Enrolled Agents Respected?

July 30, 2021

Enrolled Agents are America’s Tax Experts. We are federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in tax preparation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. If you get a letter from the IRS, or worse, are audited or are the target of a collection action, your EA can speak directly to the IRS on your behalf.

Enrolled Agents are trained in a wide variety of tax situations, both common and unusual. With tax laws changing yearly, it’s more critical than ever to consult with a qualified tax specialist on your tax and financial strategy. The Enrolled Agent license is the highest credential the IRS issues. If you want to be confident about your tax return, work with an Enrolled Agent.


Are Enrolled Agents The Highest Tax Professionals?

According to the IRS:

An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test covering individual and business tax returns, or through experience as a former IRS employee.

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.

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.


Can Enrolled Agents Work With Out of State Clients?

Unlike a CPA, an EA can practice in all 50 states without needing to apply state by state to represent your clients.


How to Become an Enrolled Agent

To become an enrolled agent, you can either work directly for the IRS for 5+ years or pass all parts of a test called the Special Enrollment Exam (SEE). EAs are also required to complete continuing education credentials . To maintain EA status, you must complete 72 hours of continuing education every three years.


Why Join TxSEA?

TxSEA makes it easy for enrolled agents in Texas to stay on top of the credits they need to maintain their licensing, as well as provides an opportunity for networking with other EAs in their local area. This can provide helpful information and leads to tax professionals working as enrolled agents today.

Our core principles revolve around:


Stay up to date on the latest tax laws and policies.


Learn from established tax professionals to become more dynamic.


Network and promote your business through our organization.


Connect with other experienced Enrolled Agents in Texas.

Do not fall behind on your education, stay on track and connected with other tax professionals when you join TxSEA.


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