Question: “I work for a tax preparation firm and my employer will pay for me to become an IRS enrolled agent. I then searched the Internet for review providers and found Gleim. Can you tell me what an enrolled agent is, exactly?”
Answer: An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of practicing (that is, representing taxpayers) before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agents, like attorneys and Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can practice before. An EA designation also shows competence in all sorts of tax matters, which makes you more valuable to both your current employer and other potential employers.