When EAs Talk, Congress Listens

July 14, 2016

We’re writing with great advocacy news!

NAEA hosted its eighth annual Fly-in Day in May, and nearly 100 EA-advocates came from across the country to focus on issues of importance to the enrolled agent profession. As a result of the efforts that day, we have made some significant progress on the critical issue of SEE user fees.

Fly-in attendees asked elected officials to sign onto a letter expressing concern about IRS’ proposed SEE user fee increase (as a reminder, IRS issued proposed regs in January and NAEA responded with a series of letters). The agency has proposed increasing its user fee for providing SEE oversight from $11 per part to $99 per part. The new fee exceeds the $98 per part fee charged by the private sector testing company (Prometric) for developing and administering the examination. IRS believes more EAs are better than fewer EAs, yet has not explained why it needs the equivalent of a dozen full-time staff to oversee the SEE program or why it needed to charge an administrative fee whatsoever.

Today we received the letter below, signed by eight House members, expressing concern over this hefty increase. Five of these members are on the Ways and Means Committee, which is the House tax-writing committee.

We owe our Fly-in Day participants a hearty thank you for their efforts on this topic, as well as the issues of taxpayer representation in IRS’ Future State and minimum standards for return preparers. And of course, for getting out and raising awareness of the enrolled agent profession among our lawmakers.

We also owe Representative Charles Boustany, MD, former chairman of the Ways & Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, a debt of thanks for his leadership on this issue.

This is just one more example of NAEA members making a difference.

Sincerely,

Robert Kerr
Senior Director, Government Relations
National Association of Enrolled Agents

The letter can be found here:

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