An EA is an individual who has demonstrated technical competence in the field of taxation and can represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service.
How does someone become an EA?
The EA designation is earned in one of two ways:
- An individual must pass a difficult examination which covers taxation of individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts, procedures and ethics. The successful candidates are subjected to a rigorous background check conducted by the Internal Revenue Service.
- An individual may become an EA based on employment at the Internal Revenue Service for a minimum of five years in a job where he/she regularly applied and interpreted the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and regulations.
Find an Enrolled Agent
When searching for an Enrolled Agent (EA) please use the following tips to ensure a successful search. The search engine looks for exact matches to all of the criteria you enter.
- When you enter the state use the abbreviation. If you spell out the state you will not receive results to your search.
- If you enter your zip code and the search results in no matches, try entering your state and then the first three digits of the zip code. You can also just search by the city.
- Do not feel the need to fill in all of the fields. For example, if you are searching by city you do not need to fill in the zip code. Doing so may result in no matches. Sometimes less is really more.