How Do I Become An Enrolled Agent?

February 21, 2018 : Diamond Lambert

Have you ever considered how to become an enrolled agent? Or perhaps, you’re wondering what an enrolled agent is, exactly. Before going much further, let’s define this term. The Internal Revenue Service describes an enrolled agent as the following:

 An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test covering individual and business tax returns, or through experience as a former IRS employee. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years.

What is the enrolled agent exam?

There is a three-part examination process known as the Special Enrollment Examination or SEE. The purpose of this rigorous exam is to ensure that you possess thorough knowledge of tax law.

Once you have passed the examination, there’s also a “compliance check” to verify that you have diligently filed your own taxes and have no outstanding tax debts.

There are currently no educational requirements to become an enrolled agent. Many consider this option as an alternative to traditional college or university backgrounds.

What are my career options with an enrolled agent license?

An IRS enrolled agent typically represents a client during IRS hearings or when dealing with legal tax matters. In addition to the enrolled agent job title, these duties also extend to licensed attorneys and Certified Public Accountants or CPA’s.

Beyond legal matters, an enrolled agent can also serve as your neighborhood Tax Pro providing tax return filing services in-season. Or, addressing IRS letters that are sent as a result of needing to provide more documentation, filing amendments, etc.

What are enrolled agent careers and how could I work for H&R Block?

H&R Block always welcomes qualified individuals to apply for the following roles:

  • Tax Associate
  • Tax Specialist
  • Senior Tax Specialist
  • Tax Analyst
  • Senior Tax Analyst
  • Master Tax Advisor

In addition to the franchise office roles listed above, there are countless opportunities within our Corporate team. View current career opportunities in our H&R Block Career Gateway.

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If you feel that the Enrolled Agent role is a career you would like to pursue, start by contacting the office of enrollment via phone at 855-472-5540, by email or direct mail both located here.

Once you have received your enrolled agent status, you are more than welcome to explore employment options with H&R Block. We also offer our yearly Income Tax Course for those who have considered becoming tax preparers or are interested in part-time income. For more information, visit our Career Opportunities page.

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Diamond Lambert

Diamond Lambert

Diamond Lambert, M.Sc., is a marketing manager within the advertising and brand team. She is a graduate of Franklin University holding a master's degree in marketing and mass communications. Her contributions include a mix of IRS tax news, lifestyle pieces, and consumer information.