Why Use an EA?


Enrolled Agents are America's Tax Experts

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Partner with an Enrolled Agent (EA) for all your tax needs:

  • Did you buy a home or other property?
  • Do you have investments?
  • Has your marital status changed?
  • Did you start your own business?
  • Are you a beneficiary of a trust or estate?

How Can an Enrolled Agent Help YOU?

EAs 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.

EAs are trained in a wide variety of common and unusual tax situations. With the tax laws changing yearly, it’s more critical than ever to have a qualified tax specialist on your side when preparing your tax and financial strategy. The Enrolled Agent license is the highest credential the IRS issues. Be confident about your tax return – use an Enrolled Agent.

Why Use an Enrolled Agent for Your Taxes?

  • EAs are experts in tax planning and can help ensure you don’t pay too much or risk an audit.
  • EAs hold the highest credential the IRS awards.
  • EAs are licensed by the federal government and can represent taxpayers before the IRS.
  • EAs prepare returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, and other tax entities.

Enrolled Agents are America’s Tax Experts

Enrolled Agents (EAs) must pass a comprehensive exam that requires them to demonstrate proficiency in federal tax planning, individual and business tax return preparation, and representation. The only other way to become an EA is to be employed by the IRS for minimum of five years, regularly interpreting and applying the provisions of Internal Revenue Code and Regulations.

EAs must complete 72 hours of continuing education specifically on taxation every three years. Members of the California Society of Enrolled Agents complete 90 hours of continuing education every three years. CSEA Members prepare nearly 2 million tax returns each year.

Enrolled Agents Can and Will Represent Clients Before the IRS

EAs have unlimited representation rights before the IRS at all administrative levels. They can represent their clients on any matter, regardless of who prepared the tax return. Many EAs have completed specialized and intensive programs in representing taxpayers who have not filed, are under audit, or are having difficulty paying their tax bills.

The best part is, with an Enrolled Agent representing you, you don’t have to go to the IRS at all!

When you need a true tax professional, see an Enrolled Agent.

Taxpayer Resources

CSEA would like to help make tax season be as painless as possible. Here are some tools and resources to help you during tax time.