Tax Results utilizes Settlement Officers
, Tax Attorneys
and Enrolled Agents
to solve your tax problem.
What is an Enrolled Agent?
An Enrolled Agent (EA) is a federally-authorized tax practitioner who has technical expertise in the field of taxation and who is empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals.
What does the term "Enrolled Agent" mean?
"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 may 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.
How does one become an Enrolled Agent?
The license is earned in one of two ways, by passing a comprehensive examination which covers all aspects of the tax code, or having worked at the IRS for five years in a position which regularly interpreted and applied the tax code and its regulations. All candidates are subjected to a rigorous background check conducted by the IRS.
How can Enrolled Agent help 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 audited by the IRS.
Privilege and the Enrolled Agent
The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 allow federally authorized practitioners (those bound by the Department of Treasury’s Circular 230 regulations) a limited client privilege. This privilege allows confidentiality between the taxpayer and the Enrolled Agent under certain conditions. The privilege applies to situations in which the taxpayer is being represented in cases involving audits and collection matters. It is not applicable to the preparation and filing of a tax return. This privilege does not apply to state tax matters, although a number of states have an accountant-client privilege.
Are Enrolled Agents required to take continuing professional education?
In addition to the stringent testing and application process, the IRS requires Enrolled Agents to complete 72 hours of continuing professional education, reported every three years, to maintain their Enrolled Agent status. NAEA members are obligated to complete 90 hours per three year reporting period. Because of the knowledge necessary to become an Enrolled Agent and the requirements to maintain the license, there are only about 46,000 practicing Enrolled Agents.
What are the differences between Enrolled Agents and other tax professionals?
Only Enrolled Agents are required to demonstrate to the IRS their competence in matters of taxation before they may represent a taxpayer before the IRS. Unlike attorneys and CPAs, who may or may not choose to specialize in taxes, all Enrolled Agents specialize in taxation. Enrolled Agents are the only taxpayer representatives who receive their right to practice from the U.S. government (CPAs and attorneys are licensed by the states).
Are Enrolled Agents bound by any ethical standards?
Enrolled Agents are required to abide by the provisions of the Department of Treasury’s Circular 230, which provides the regulations governing the practice of Enrolled Agents before the IRS. NAEA members are also bound by a Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct of the Association.
What are the Pros and Cons of using an Enrolled Agent?
- Enrolled Agents specialize in one field: Tax Relief and Settlement
- Enrolled Agents have a direct connection to the IRS
- Enrolled Agents are experienced and knowledgeable on what the IRS will and won't do
- Enrolled Agents are not licensed to practice law
- Enrolled Agents can't represent clients in court
- Enrolled Agents can represent a client with the Internal Revenue Service
- Enrolled Agents represent the client, not the IRS
- Enrolled Agents generally move faster than attorneys when directly negotiating with the IRS
When to utilize a Tax Attorney:
- When you are being sued by the Internal Revenue Service
- When you are scheduled to appear in a court of law
- When you need legal advice
CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
Tax Results CPA's can be valuable when filing Business and Personal Tax Returns, Filing Quarterly Statements or Analyzing Profit and Loss and Annual Statements.
What is the difference between a Settlement Officer and a Salesperson?
At Tax Results we utilize Settlement Officers in lieu of Salespeople.
Our Settlement Officers act as a liason between our clients, CPA's, Attorneys and Enrolled Agents. This allows our CPA's, Enrolled Agents and Attorneys to focus on handling your sensitive case while the Settlement Officer organizes your file and keeps you updated on the status of tax returns, levies, garnishment activity. Our Settlement Officers go through a strict training process led by our Chief Operating Officer, Tax Attorneys & Enrolled Agents. This process includes classes on Garnishment, Levies, how Installment Agreements work and which clients qualify for an OIC. All of our Settlement Officers have a strong financial background and undergo constant training in the ever changing field of Tax Relief. Our Settlement Officers are available during business hours coast to coast. All of Tax Results Settlement Officers offer FREE consultation and will never charge for advice on your next move.
The best thing to do if you have a question is to call a Tax Relief Firm that has access to Tax Attorneys, Enrolled Agents and CPA's.
Feel free to contact one of Tax Results Settlement Officers right now at 877-923-2368 for a completely Free Consult.