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OT - I just passed the final test to become an Enrolled Agent

The longest few months of my life has come to an end!  I am thinking Wine and EGGing this weekend is in order! 


  • HotchHotch Posts: 2,739

    You could use a couple of 1040's to lite your Egg!!

    Congratulations on your accomplishment.

    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
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  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,612
    Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is that?


    Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

    And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.


    Chattanooga, TN.


  • Seanr7 does this mean you will be a BGE dealer ?
    2 Large Eggs and a Mini 2 Pit Bulls and a Pork shoulder or butt nearby and 100% SICILIAN
    Long Island N.Y.
  • If the IRS finds out about Mickey's obscene profits from the Salado Eggfests, will you represent him?

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • Seanr7Seanr7 Posts: 207
    From the NAEA

    Home › Become an Enrolled Agent
    What is an enrolled agent?
    Enrolled agents (EAs) are America's Tax Experts. EAs are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.
    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 have unlimited rights to 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 an 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 at all administrative levels within 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 education?
    In addition to the stringent testing and application process, the IRS requires enrolled agents to complete 72 hours of continuing education, reported every three years, to maintain their enrolled agent status. NAEA members are obligated to complete 30 hours per year (for a total of 90 hours per three year period). Because of the expertise 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 all areas of taxation, representation and ethics before they are given unlimited representation rights before IRS. Unlike attorneys and CPAs, who are state licensed and who may or may not choose to specialize in taxes, all enrolled agents specialize in taxation. Registered tax return preparers have passed a minimal competence test on tax forms for individuals, and have only limited representation rights.
    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.
    Why should I choose an enrolled agent who is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA)?
    The principal concern of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and its members is honest, intelligent and ethical representation of the financial position of taxpayers before the governmental agencies. Members of NAEA must fulfill continuing professional education requirements that exceed the IRS’ required minimum. In addition, NAEA members adhere to a stringent Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct of the Association, as well as the Treasury Department’s Circular 230 regulations. NAEA members belong to a strong network of experienced, well-trained tax professionals who effectively represent their clients and work to make the tax code fair and reasonably enforced.
    How can I find an enrolled agent?
    The easiest and fastest way to locate an enrolled agent in your area is to visit The ‘Find an EA’ function located at the top of the home page will allow you to search instantly by locality or specialty. You can also call 800-424-4339, the EA referral service. This is an unattended service, but you can request to receive your response by email, fax or mail and all calls are answered within 2 business days. You might also want to check in your local yellow pages under ‘Tax Preparation’, and look for the phrase ‘Enrolled Agent, Enrolled to Represent Taxpayers before the IRS’ or the ‘EA” credential following the professional’s name.
    Enrolled Agents are America's Tax Experts!
    XL BGE
  • Seanr7 well in that case congratulations 
    2 Large Eggs and a Mini 2 Pit Bulls and a Pork shoulder or butt nearby and 100% SICILIAN
    Long Island N.Y.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,735
    Well, now that you explained it, congratulations! :)

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • Seanr7Seanr7 Posts: 207
    It's been months of hell, if I would of studied this hard at University I would be a DR. today. ;)
    XL BGE
  • DMWDMW Posts: 9,974
    Congrats! Achieving professional milestone certs makes all the prep worth it. Egging in celebration sounds like a great plan.
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - Gasser - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,961
    Good. We have someone to ask free tax questions of. Congrats
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,617
    There's no way I'm reading all of that... Congrats on your achievement however.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • Congratulations, that's quite an accomplishment.  Unfortunately I don't have the attention span to read the whole explanation.  I can't imagine what it took to do all the prep work.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 3,454
    Is there a "Cliffs Notes" version?
    "Woke up today and decided to kill my ego, It never done me no good no how"
    -Sturgill Simpson

    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,741

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

    Large & Small BGE

    Stockton Ca.

  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,991
    henapple said:
    There's no way I'm reading all of that... Congrats on your achievement however.

    Is there a "Cliffs Notes" version?
    in today's age, you two need the "tl;dr" version.
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 3,768
    I feel like if I read all of that then I should be an Enrolled Agent too.



     LBGE,SBGE, and a Mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

  • Are you a fellow CPA?
  • Seanr7Seanr7 Posts: 207
    Not a CPA! Cliff notes. EA's have the same rights to practice in front of the IRS as attorneys and CPA's have. There are only 46-47 thousand EA's nation wide compared to 1.2 million CPA's.
    XL BGE
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,617
    Thanks. It would have been easier to say... I'm an agent, I'm a bad ass, fear me. Again, way to go. Celebration this weekend?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • not nice to Spanish moon I am just a garbage I do not know how many of us there are  but I am sure you are more important than I am or just a cpa. had a nice commit before I read your last post and then I deleted it and wrote this, what we all have in common is we own a green egg
    XL & waiting for my Mini Max Bloomington MN.
  • Seanr7Seanr7 Posts: 207
    It wasn't meant that way @justacookin. I added the numbers part because with so few of us it's no wonder most people don't know what it is.
    XL BGE
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 2,099
    henapple said:
    Thanks. It would have been easier to say... I'm an agent, I'm a bad ass, fear me.

    Thought the same thing when I became a real estate agent......didn't work.  :(

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