What is an EA?
An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test, or through experience as a former IRS employee. Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years. Enrolled agents are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent and what types of tax matters they can handle. Don’t go before the IRS alone. If you or your business is facing a tax audit our enrolled agents can help.
Which One Should You Work With?
When making the EA vs. CPA consideration, you’ll realize both types of professionals are well-qualified. Both can bring you the financial guidance you may need when it comes to taxes. However, which one you should consult depends largely on what issue you’re looking to resolve. CPAs are equally qualified to do the work of an EA. The main difference comes in the range of services each offers. CPAs can provide a much wider scope of tax services than an EA can. What’s more, general population demand is greater for CPAs than EAs. If you have accounting needs with a micro focus, working with an EA could be the perfect fit for you. On the other hand, if you are interested in accounting practices that have nothing to do with taxes (such as auditing), then the CPA option may be best.