en·rolled a·gent

NOUN -
1. a person who prepares tax records for a taxpayer and may act as the taxpayer's representative during an audit or appeal

What is an EA exactly?

"Enrolled agents (EAs) are America's Tax Experts. EAs are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. “Enrolled” means to be licensed to practice by the federal government, and “agent” means authorized to appear in the place of the taxpayer at the IRS. Only enrolled agents, attorneys, and CPAs have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. The enrolled agent profession dates back to 1884 when, after questionable claims had been presented for Civil War losses, Congress acted to regulate persons who represented citizens in their dealings with the U.S. Treasury Department." -The National Association of Enrolled Agents

What can an EA do for me?

Enrolled agents advise, represent, and prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, and any entities with tax-reporting requirements. Enrolled agents’ expertise in the continually changing field of taxation enables them to effectively represent taxpayers at all administrative levels within the IRS.

Where can I find an EA?

Enrolled Agents are everywhere. With roughly 50,000 in the United States, it is likely one is near you. If you live in Northern Arizona, click here to find an EA near you. If you live elsewhere, click here.