After you have passed your Enrolled Agent exam, you may be wondering what the best options are to move forward with your career. While every EA will have their own path, there are some steps you can take to help increase your chances of success.
Become a TxSEA & NAEA Member
One of the best ways to find resources and connect with other tax professionals is by joining a group dedicated to enrolled agents. There is a national organization, as well as state level organizations dedicated to helping EAs connect to their peers and serve their clients needs.
For Texas EAs, there is the Texas Society of Enrolled Agents (TxSEA). This organization has 4 chapters throughout the state that meet digitally and in-person. If you are an EA in Texas, you can learn more about your local chapters here.
Get a Mentor
When you join TxSEA, our members will work with new professionals to find established Enrolled Agents to partner up with. Seasoned EAs offer helpful insight and industry knowledge that can help launch your career and set you up for success.
One of our EAs shared their experience working with a mentor:
As soon as I received my EA, my mentor and employer Kathy had me working as her TxSEA education chair assistant. The IRS had just implemented strict CE provider requirements. Part of my job, besides being an EA, was to collect 3 Chapter’s CE seminar documentation, upload CE hours for attendees and make the Houston meetings run smoothly.
I look back on that time and realize that that was the perfect way for me, an introvert, to get to know people, nice and slowly. By the time Kathy retired as president of the Chapter and TxSEA Education Chair it wasn’t such a big step to move into both positions. I knew quite a few TxSEA members in the 3 Chapters….
The benefits of TxSEA I’m talking about are intangible and real. You don’t have to be a member to take advantage of the education that we continually need. You can probably find other groups that fit your comfort zone. But are they tax nerds? Can they help you in your business? TXSEA and its members can. Come join, participate and expand your zone.
Network With Other EAs
Networking is helpful for professionals in many industries, but especially for EAs. This is because tax laws are always evolving. Our organization helps to keep all of our members educated and up to date with all changes and current tax related deadlines.
Our organizations meets every Thursday morning online from 9 AM to 9:30/10 AM on the first 4 Thursdays. Discuss issues that come up in your practice, meet EAs and get to know them and their specialties for future contact.
How Can I 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.
TxSEA makes it easy for enrolled agents in Texas to stay on top of these credits and network with other EAs in their area. Do not fall behind on your education, stay on track with TxSEA.
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.