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DEFINITION of 'Enrolled Agent - EA'

A tax professional authorized by the U.S. government to be able to represent taxpayers in matters concerning the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Enrolled agents must pass an examination proving competence or having sufficient experience as an IRS employee, as well as passing a background check, before receiving the designation.

BREAKING DOWN 'Enrolled Agent - EA'

Enrolled agents first appeared in 1884 as a result of issues arising with Civil War loss claims. EAs are responsible for adhering to a code of ethics and professional conduct. They are involved in such work as tax preparation, representation, tax planning and similar types of financial services to both individuals and businesses.

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