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Follow the steps and learn about the Enrolled Agent exam application process, educational and experience requirements, curriculum and format, EA review course recommendations, study plans and finally, study tips and exam taking strategies on the exam day.
An Enrolled Agent is a tax expert and a designation granted by the IRS. An Enrolled Agent passes a three-part exam known as the Enrolled Agent exam or the Special Enrollment Exam/SEE and should have an understanding for individual and business tax returns. With this designation comes the duty to fulfill continuing education requirements. The IRS requires that Enrolled Agents must complete 72 hours of continuing education (CE) every three years.
An Enrolled Agent is different from a CPA. A CPA may be specialized like an Enrolled Agent, but the CPA exam is more broad: it tests topics beyond taxation and ethics. The Enrolled Agent designation is ideal for a person who would like to specialize in income tax preparation. But like CPAs, an Enrolled Agent has unlimited practice rights and can represent any taxpayers, tax matters, and choose the IRS offices at which they may represent their clients.