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The Preparer Tax Identification Number PTIN and the EA

The Preparer Tax Identification Number PTIN and the EA

The first step towards becoming an Enrolled Agent (EA) is to obtain your preparer tax identification number, commonly referred to as a PTIN. You must have this in order to register to take the EA exam. This is the number Prometric uses to track you through the testing process. Also, you must have this number […]

Why CPAs, Accountants and Tax Attorneys love Enrolled Agents (EAs)

Why CPAs, Accountants and Tax Attorneys love Enrolled Agents (EAs)

As a tax professional have you ever allowed your assistant to use your Power of Attorney (POA) to go online to IRS’ e-services – in your name – and download information for you? If you’re sitting in front of a laptop with a camera – don’t even mouth the word “yes!” No one will admit […]

4 Steps to Become An Enrolled Agent (EA)

4 Steps to Become An Enrolled Agent (EA)

So you want to become an Enrolled Agent (EA). An EA is a tax practitioner with extensive technical expertise in the field of taxation. According to the IRS, Enrolled Agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. Excellent choice! A career as an EA can give you the kind of flexibility, respect and rewards […]

How Much Can An Enrolled Agent (EA) Make In Salary?

How Much Can An Enrolled Agent (EA) Make In Salary?

The answer, of course, is as much as you want! Just as with Doctors, Lawyers and CPAs, the more you practice as an EA, the more proficient you become and the more you can charge. This is true whether you work for yourself or if you are considering full time employment with a firm Working […]

How Difficult IS The EA Exam?

How Difficult Is The EA Exam

People often ask us what the passing rate for the Enrolled Agent’s exam is. (As if that has any bearing on whether they themselves will pass!) We know that what they’re really asking is – what is the likelihood that I will pass?! What we tell them is this: if you attend every lecture, do […]

What Skills Does a Tax Preparer Need to Succeed as an Enrolled Agent (EA)?

Skills to Succeed as an Enrolled Agent (EA)

Unlike CPAs, EAs do not need to have a degree in accounting. There isn’t even a minimum education requirement. So becoming an EA just requires knowing enough about the Internal Revenue Code and Circular 230 to pass the Special Enrollment Examination. Though, that IS a tough exam – and you do have to know a […]

How to Find a Great Enrolled Agent (EA)

So you’ve recently learned about how effective Enrolled Agents are and have decided to employ one to help you with your taxes. Before you go and get lost in a list of web results, here are a few things to consider to ensure you pick the right Enrolled Agent for your business. Professional Organizations There […]

Enrolled Agent Salary – Update 2017

Enrolled Agent Salary – Update 2017

It’s one of the first questions people ask when considering a career as an Enrolled Agent. Here’s the latest data from payscale.com Average National Salary The median salary for Enrolled Agents is currently nearly $49,000 a year according to PayScale.com, which compares pretty favorably to the median figure of $49,500 a year for an Accountant […]

Enrolled Agent, CPA, Tax Attorney or ASFP, Which Career to Choose?

With the existence of government programs such as HARP and the Affordable Care Act, capitalization rules and late extender laws, the tax code is getting ever more complex. Regardless of whether this is a good thing, there is no doubt that the opportunity to have a great career while serving the public is alive and […]