Before embarking on the EA journey, let’s take a look at how much it costs to get and maintain the license.
Enrolled Agent Exam Cost Breakdown
1. PTIN Application Fee
As part of the registration process, the applicant pays $50 to apply for the Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).
2. Testing Fee
The testing fee is $109 for each part of the exam, and is paid upon your scheduling of the exam. Only credit card is accepted.
3. Review Course Materials
There are different review course materials available with different price range. The most popular one, Gleim EA Review, cost $500 – 600 for the three parts of the exam.
4. Enrollment to Practice Fee
Once you pass the exam and is ready to becoming an EA, you’ll pay $30 online to complete the enrollment process.
5. Maintenance Fees
After you are licensed to become an EA, you’ll be paying licensing fee and attend CPE courses to keep it active. Typically the cost is no more than $200-300 per year.
An Imminent Price Hike?
The IRS is planning to substantial increase the testing fees. Reasons include the lower than expected number of EA candidates, and increased administrative expenses, such as background checks and verification of various vendors.
The proposed fee is $197 per part, an $88 increase from current level. Altogether, candidates will need to pay $264 extra.
NAEA opposes the hike and has submitted a formal comment. Final decision will be made before the new testing window in May.
Overall, you can expect to invest around $1,000 for the EA exam, and some recurring expenses for the license and the CPE courses.
|Nature||Current Fees||Proposed Fees|
|1. PTIN application||$50|
|2. Testing fees|
|3. Review Course materials (mid range)||$400|
|4. Enrollment for practice||$30|
For Your Further Reading
- EA review course comparison
- Frequently asked questions on the Enrolled Agents
- News on EA exam fee hike