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Contact: John Michaels
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2017 — More than 100 tax professionals from almost 40 states are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill tomorrow to discuss important issues affecting taxpayers as part of the ninth annual Fly-in Day organized by the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA).
These tax professionals hold the designation “enrolled agent” (EA), indicating they hold a federal license from the Department of Treasury, and may represent taxpayers before the IRS in addition to tax planning and preparation. The planned meetings will give enrolled agents the opportunity to make their voices heard on three important issues: tax reform, the IRS Future State vision, and establishing minimum standards for return preparers. These discussions build on the momentum of NAEA’s recent collaboration with other tax practitioners that produced a joint April report to the IRS titled, “Ensuring a Modern-Functioning IRS for the 21st Century.”
“Your barber or hairstylist is required to pass a licensing exam yet the person you hire to prepare your tax return is under no legal obligation at present, to demonstrate even basic proficiency,” said NAEA Executive Vice President Cedric Calhoun, FASAE, CAE. “Unlike other tax preparers, enrolled agents must pass a stringent licensing exam to demonstrate their competence in all areas of taxation, representation and ethics and maintain their knowledge through continuing education.”
NAEA members also want to ensure the IRS modernization efforts include the creation of online accounts for qualified tax professionals with real-time electronic signatures capability in order to facilitate direct communication with IRS personnel and streamline the electronic filing process.
“While I admire IRS efforts to build a responsive 21st century tax administration system, those efforts must incorporate the needs of both taxpayers and tax professionals,” observed NAEA Associate Director of Government Relations Justin Edwards.
NAEA members will meet with their state representatives and senators, as well as members of tax writing committees, before ending the day with a celebratory reception featuring Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) from the House Committee on Ways and Means.
About the National Association of Enrolled Agents
The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) is the organization powering enrolled agents, America's tax experts®. NAEA is a non-profit membership organization composed of tax specialists licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department. NAEA provides the networking, educational opportunities, programs and services that enable enrolled agents and other tax professionals to excel beyond their peers. Enrolled agents are the only federally-licensed tax practitioners who both specialize in taxation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. To find out more, visit www.naea.org and follow NAEA on Facebook and Twitter.