An Enrolled Agent is a federally-authorized tax professional who can help taxpayers (individuals and businesses) prepare their taxes and deal with IRS audits, collections and appeals. In order to become an enrolled agent, a person must go through stringent processes, like passing an EA exam, or have been working for the IRS for 5 consecutive years. It is considered a privilege to be granted this status.
If you work with a qualified agent, he or she can simplify the tax preparation process for you and make things less stressful. Here are a couple benefits of hiring an enrolled agent:
Assistance With Out-of-State Returns
Do you have to file taxes in two different states this year? If so, you will definitely want to work with an enrolled agent. Unlike CPAs and attorneys, these agents are not licensed state by state but at the federal level. That means you can just hire one person to do all your taxes and solve your tax problems, saving you time and money.
An Enrolled Agent Settles IRS Disputes
Dealing with an IRS dispute can be daunting. If you owe more money to the IRS than you thought you did or you made an error on your tax returns, you may feel very stressed out. That’s why it is essential to hire an IRS problem expert, like an enrolled agent. He or she possesses tax law expertise and can represent you before the Internal Revenue Service (only EAs, CPAs and tax attorneys have that right of representation).
When you walk into an IRS meeting with this tax professional, you will feel more confident about situation. In fact, you don’t even have to be there, enrolled agents take care of everything and will work hard to achieve the best resolution possible for you. For example, if you can’t afford to pay your tax debt in full right now, your EA may obtain an installment agreement or an offer in compromise on your behalf.
Whether you need help dealing with an IRS audit or fighting adverse IRS collection, don’t wait to hire a qualified enrolled agent. Once you talk everything over with this tax professional, you may feel much better about your financial situation.
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