August 15, 2012

The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) has honored six outstanding individuals with 2012 NAEA awards in recognition of their significant contributions to the association and the enrolled agent profession.

The winners were announced during the annual awards ceremony at the 2012 NAEA National Conference, held August 5—7 in Las Vegas, NV, which boasted a record number of attendees. The six awardees were nominated by their peers, based on unique standards for each award.

Those honored are:

  • Terry Durkin, EA, of Burlington, MA, received the Founders Award in recognition of her significant contribution and service to NAEA and its members, which exemplify the principles and goals envisioned by NAEA's founders. This lifetime achievement award is the association’s highest recognition.
  • LG Brooks, EA of Dallas, TX, received the Excellence in Education Award in recognition of his significant contributions, which have improved the quality and scope of NAEA education programs.
  • Kathy Rocha, EA of Turlock, CA, received the Excellence in Public Awareness Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to making enrolled agents more recognizable as America’s tax experts.
  • The Honorable Juan F. Vasquez, United States Tax Court, received the Outstanding Supporter of Enrolled Agents Award in recognition of his significant donation of time to support enrolled agent continuing education on both the state and national levels.
  • Lee Byrd, EA of Louisville, KY, received the Outstanding Volunteer Award in recognition of his volunteer service to NAEA, its state affiliates and their local chapters.
  • Vicki Mulak, EA of Tustin, CA, received the Bill Payne Advocacy Award for her commitment to advocacy on behalf of enrolled agents.

About Enrolled Agents

Enrolled agents (EAs) are America’s tax experts. They are the only federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. That means that if you get a letter from the IRS, or worse, are audited or are the target of a collection action, your EA can speak directly to the IRS on your behalf. While attorneys and certified public accountants are also licensed, only enrolled agents specialize exclusively in taxes. Enrolled agents are required to complete many hours of continuing education each year to ensure they are up-to-date on the constantly changing tax code and must abide by a code of ethics.

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