When you choose to become an enrolled agent (EA), you’re choosing to:
Becoming an EA is both a professional and personal milestone that recognizes that you have demonstrated tax competence and have earned the right to represent all clients regarding federal tax matters.
Over the years, we’ve watched many of our members achieve the EA designation. Members have stated that earning the designation is a great way to earn more respect from the IRS and showcase their dedication to the tax industry.
An EA designation means you:
It also means a rise in salary. On average, EAs earn nearly
10% more per return than someone without a designation.
When you make the choice to become an EA, you’re demonstrating a commitment to excellence, as well as special tax competence that supports and services all your clients’ needs.
Here are the steps to earning the EA designation:
To ensure the test taking process is as painless as possible, here are a few things to keep in mind when scheduling your exam:
For more information and testing specifics, check out the
IRS Enrolled Agent Special Enrollment Examination Candidate Information Bulletin. This comprehensive guide outlines test center procedures and regulations, the carryover and rescheduling policies, how to apply for enrollment and much more.
By becoming an EA, you’ll have unlimited practice rights, making you unrestricted as to:
The chart below breaks down all the rights you’ll have when you become an EA.
The Special Enrollment Exam (SEE) consists of three parts:
Each part of the SEE contains 100 questions. All questions are scored, with the exception of 15 experimental questions that are unscored.
To get a feel for the types of questions on the exam, check out the IRS's
SEE Questions and Official Answers resources.
self-study courses and
online workshops align with the format of all three parts of the exam. Below, we've detailed the objectives covered in our courses:
Part I – Individual Taxation
Part II – Business Income Tax Returns, Estate and Trust Income Tax Returns, Retirement Plans and Exempt Organizations
Part III – Representation, Practice and Procedures
FREE access to our
EA Part I Review Course! This self-study course is packed with tons of information to help you pass Part I of the EA exam the first time.
You can count on us to help you reach your goals. On top of our EA member benefit, members receive discounts on all our
Tax Store products, including our wide variety of EA courses and materials.
Check out our additional
EA offerings and materials, including courses, textbooks and study bundles.
For more information on what it means to be an EA and for tips on passing the exam the first time, we invite you to review:
If you’re not planning on earning your EA designation, we’ll still be offering the
AFTR Course & Exam to members for free.