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Enrolled Agent (EA)

Designation Essentials
Status Currently offered and recognized by the issuing organization.
Issuing Organization Internal Revenue Service
Qualification and Educational Requirements
Prerequisites Pass a background check to ensure that applicant has not engaged in any conduct that would justify the suspension of an enrolled agent from practice before the IRS
Education Requirements Candidates become an EA by either of the following paths:
  • Pass a written exam
  • Have accepted IRS experience
IRS Circular 230 contains more detailed information about these two paths
Examination Type Written exam for path one
Continuing Education Requirements
Verification and Complaints
Check Designation Status Online None
Investor Complaint Process Complaints may be submitted via mail using IRS Form 14157.
Published List of Disciplined Designees None