Contact: Gigi Thompson Jarvis, CAE
Telephone: (202) 822-0724
Washington, DC — (February 1, 2016) The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) has been working with 44 state affiliates to have the first week of February proclaimed “Enrolled Agent Week.” Thus far for 2016, the following EA Week proclamations have been made:
Week of February 1 Declared EA Week:
-Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
-Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
-Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
-Oregon Governor Kate Brown
-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
-Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
-North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
-Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
-Texas Governor Greg Abbott
- Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
- Missouri Governor Jeremiah Nixon
- Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has declared February 4-11 Enrolled Agent Week. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Indiana Governor Michael R. Pence have proclaimed February 1 EA Day. Enrolled agents, also known as “EAs,” are federally-licensed tax professionals who have passed a stringent three-part exam administered by the IRS, and must earn annual continuing education credits and abide by a code of ethics in order to maintain their EA credential.
“The goal of Enrolled Agent Week is to educate the public about the qualifications of EAs for tax consultation, preparation and representation,” said NAEA President Terry Durkin, EA. “A lot of people only think of CPAs when they think of tax professionals; in truth, many CPAs work in areas other than tax, such as accounting and auditing, and are not necessarily required to take continuing education in tax. With enrolled agents, you know they specialize in tax—all their testing and education revolves around that one subject. That’s why we’re called America’s tax experts!”
In addition to tax preparation, enrolled agents have earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the IRS in cases of audits, collections or appeals. To find an enrolled agent in your area, go to the “Find an EA” directory at eatax.org.
NAEA is a non-profit membership organization composed of tax specialists licensed by the US Department of the Treasury. NAEA members are dedicated to maintaining the highest professional standards and to increasing the integrity of the tax administration system. They must abide by a code of ethics and professional conduct, and must complete annual continuing education that surpasses the IRS requirement.