EA License Renewal Period Now Open

11/6/17 — Enrolled Agents with Social Security numbers ending in 7, 8, or 9, and EAs without SSNs should renew their EA licenses by January 31, 2018, per Circular 230.

Although your current EA license card indicates that the expiration date is March 31, 2018, you must renew by January 31, 2018.

You may renew your license online through pay.gov. Renewing online is preferable, because your payment receipt will have transaction and agency IDs, along with record of payment. Once your renewal has been processed, your license will not need to be renewed for another three years. Please allow up to 90 days for processing from the date you renewed online. Mailing your renewal application may cause delays in processing.

When you renew online, please save your 8554 renewal form as a PDF for your files. Before you submit your renewal, use the Print Preview function to save it. You will NOT be able to save the renewal form after you click Submit. After you click submit, you will be directed to the payment screen where you will renew your license by making your $30 renewal payment by credit card. Please save your payment receipt for your records.

CE Reporting Requirements

EAs are required to obtain 72 hours of CE for three years (2015, 2016 and 2017). You must obtain at minimum two hours of ethics for each year, and a minimum of 16 hours of CE per year until you reach the 72 hour minimum total (however, obtaining 24 hours per year is a better guideline).

New EAs may have questions about CE reporting requirements for their initial year of enrollment. In general, you should complete two hours of CE for each calendar month starting with the month you received your certificate and EA license.

NAEA Members are welcome to contact Justin Edwards, NAEA’s Associate Director of Government Relations at jedwards@naea.org, if they have any questions about renewal. He would be happy to assist you so you can renew your license in a timely fashion.