An Enrolled Agent (EA) is the only federally licensed tax practitioner that the IRS credentials as having technical expertise in taxation. EA's have passed a rigorous, 3-part competency exam that focuses specifically on individual and business ethics and tax issues. Unlike unlicensed tax preparers, EA's must receive a background check. The true value of an Enrolled Agent is that they keep up with countless tax laws, regulations, and have the expertise apply these rules for your benefit.
The CPA exam covers a range of areas including financial, audit, business, and tax and regulation. They are regulated by individual states. Both EA's and CPA's are required to complete continuing education each year. EA's have the same representation authority that a CPA or attorney would have during audits, collections, and appeals.
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