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An enrolled agent is a tax expert with unlimited representation before the IRS. To become an enrolled agent, you must pass a 3-part exam known as the Enrolled Agent exam or the Special Enrollment Exam (SEE). You should have an strong understanding for individual and business tax returns. With this designation comes the duty to fulfill continuing education requirements. The IRS requires that enrolled agents complete 72 hours of continuing education (CE) every 3 years.
An enrolled agent is different from a CPA. A CPA may be specialized like an enrolled agent, but the CPA Exam, which you must pass to become a CPA, is broader than the EA exam: it tests accounting topics other than just taxation and ethics. The enrolled agent (EA) designation is ideal for a person who would like to specialize in income tax preparation. But like CPAs, enrolled agents have unlimited practice rights and can represent any taxpayers about tax matters. Furthermore, they can also choose the IRS offices at which they may represent their clients.