Legislation Introduced to Protect Enrolled Agent Credential

June 13, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Gigi Thompson Jarvis

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gjarvis@naea.org

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Legislation Introduced to Protect Enrolled Agent Credential

Washington, DC, (June 13, 2013) Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Congressman Charles Boustany, MD (R-LA) have introduced the Enrolled Agents Credential Act of 2013, a bill that will protect federally-licensed enrolled agents (“EAs”) from state regulations that deny them the right to identify themselves with the credential granted to them by the US Department of Treasury.

The identical bills, H.R. 2313 and S. 1134, will prevent states from prohibiting EAs from using the enrolled agent credential in advertising or elsewhere. If passed, this legislation will make it easier for taxpayers to find an EA. Because EAs are required to be registered with the IRS, pass stringent testing, report continuing education and are the only federally-licensed tax practitioners with unlimited rights to represent taxpayers in trouble before the IRS, they are often preferred by consumers in search of a tax consultant.

This legislation has been a priority of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), a professional society that represents the over 51,000 licensed EAs. In May, NAEA members from across the country came to Capitol Hill to advocate for tax reform, return preparer oversight and protection of the EA credential.

Both bills are one page and will have no cost to the US government. To read HR 2313, please follow this link.  

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