Thinking about a career in the tax field? Consider becoming an enrolled agent!

What is an enrolled agent?

Enrolled agents (EAs) are America’s Tax Experts®. They are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who both specialize in taxation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agents have earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the IRS by passing a comprehensive three-part examination or by having experience as a former IRS employee who worked in the field of audit.

Why would I want to become an EA?        

  •  The Internal Revenue Code is constantly changing and there will always be a need for EAs.
  • EAs are in high demand. EAs are needed in small and large public accounting firms, law firms, corporate accounting departments, state departments of revenue, investment firms, banks and in private practice.
  •  More than half of all taxpayers use a professional to prepare their taxes.
  • It’s a flexible career that can be done part or full-time.
  • EAs are competent, knowledgeable tax professionals who are held in high regard by their peers.

Pathway to EA™ Program

NAEA has partnered with Surgent to make the road to earning your EA certification a clear one with the Pathway to EA™ Program. This end-to-end initiative provides support for today’s and tomorrow’s tax preparers to enhance their careers with a variety of resources including:

  • NAEA Academic Associate Membership – Offering tax professionals networking, educational opportunities, programs, and services.
  • Surgent EA Review– An adaptive exam review course whose students achieve 96% pass rates while actually studying 40% less than what competitor courses would require.
  • Surgent ReadyPASS– An exam diagnostic tool that helps candidates establish their baseline knowledge, inform their study plan, and take the guesswork out of exam readiness.

NAEA has partnered with Surgent UniversityPASS to introduce prep study courses in many of the colleges across the United States. If you’re interested in finding a prep study course at a college near you, please contact or 800-778-7436.

Surgent UniversityPASS

Thanks to this partnership, colleges and universities across the country can leverage Surgent’s best-in-class curriculum solutions tool, UniversityPASS, to equip their students with the tools and knowledge they need to pass the IRS Special Enrollment Exam (SEE) and earn the enrolled agent credential.

If you represent a college that would like to have a prep study course included in your curriculum, please contact or 800-778-7436.