EDUCATING AMERICA: Bringing the EA Profession to U.S. Colleges
The NAEA Educating America initiative has been developed to raise awareness of the enrolled agent (“EA”) career option among community college students across the country. While most financial information students are aware of careers in accounting and bookkeeping, few are aware of the EA license, the most expansive license awarded by the IRS.
Mention a career in taxation, and most students think about becoming a CPA. That requires completing 150 semester hours in college, which usually means the students must stay in school for five years or complete a graduate program. There is no educational requirement to become an EA. Candidates must pass a stringent three part test on taxation (the “Special Enrollment Exam”) administered by the IRS. This NAEA course will prepare students to pass that exam.
The links on the right side of this page will provide you with information on a career as an EA and on getting the EA course into your college. NAEA is standing by to help you. If you are an educator interested in bringing the course to your institution or a student looking for a course near you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. NAEA partners with Gleim Publications, a well-known and respected source of review books and software, to design programs to meet the specific needs of your college.
“I believe the enrolled agent exam review course provided through the National Association of Enrolled Agents’ (NAEA) “Educating America” program enhances career opportunities for our students and members of our community. We also see the review course and earning the enrolled agent credential as a benefit to our accounting and business students. We have offered the review course since 2012 and plan to expand to all of our campuses, including our on-line division. We are also developing a tax certificate program to enable individuals to enhance their tax skills and progress in the tax preparation field. Furthermore, I see the review course as a benefit to other community colleges and four-year institutions around the nation.”
---Professor Nauri Ahmed, Northern Virginia Community College