Enrolled Agent - EA


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.

  1. Audit

    An unbiased examination and evaluation of the financial statements ...
  2. IRS Publication 470: Limited Practice ...

    A document published by the Internal Revenue Service that outlines ...
  3. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance ...

    An IRS program that utilizes volunteers to help provide free ...
  4. Income Tax

    A tax that governments impose on financial income generated by ...
  5. 1040 Form

    The standard Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form that individuals ...
  6. Internal Revenue Service - IRS

    A United States government agency that is responsible for the ...
Related Articles
  1. Taxes

    Changes In Tax Legislation And Regulation

    Keeping on top of these amendments can help you avoid penalties and take advantage of benefits.
  2. Retirement

    Tax Tips For The Individual Investor

    We give you seven guidelines to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
  3. Taxes

    5 Tricks For Lowering Your Property Tax

    Find out what steps you can take to reduce your bill.
  4. Taxes

    How & Where to File Form 1040 (And Which Version)

    All taxpayers need to know three things when filing a 1040: which form to use, how to file and where to file. After reading this, you'll know all three.
  5. Savings

    Should You Look at 529 Plans Outside Your State?

    529 savings plans are not restricted by geography. So if your in-state offering has high fees or poor investment choices, look elsewhere.
  6. Taxes

    5 States Without Sales Tax

    Learn about the five states that do not charge sales taxes and about other taxes the states levy instead in order to generate revenue.
  7. Investing Basics

    How to Deduct Your Stock Losses

    Held onto a stock for too long? Selling at a loss is never ideal, but it is possible to minimize the damage. Here's how.
  8. Taxes

    10 Money-Saving Year-End Tax Tips

    Getting organized well before the deadline will curb your frustration and your tax liability.
  9. Taxes

    2016 Tax Code Changes Add Some Wiggle Room

    It's never too early to prepare for tax season. Next year features a host of tax law changes. Check our handy list to see which ones apply to you.
  10. Taxes

    End-of-the-Year Checklist to Save on Income Taxes

    From grouping related expenses to factoring in the alternative minimum tax, here are some things you need to keep in mind when doing tax planning.
  1. Are catch-up contributions included in the 415 limit?

    Unlike regular employee deferrals, catch-up contributions are not included in the 415 limit. While there is an annual limit ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Are personal loans tax deductible?

    Interest paid on personal loans is not tax deductible. If you take out a loan to buy a car for personal use or to cover other ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Can a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) be used for Lasik?

    The owner of a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) can use money from the account on various eye surgery procedures, including ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Does a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cover braces?

    Funds from a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) can be used to cover costs associated with installing, maintaining and removing ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Can a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) be used for a gym membership?

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) typically does not allow funds from a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to be used ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Can a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) be used for dental procedures?

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows funds from a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to be used for qualified medical ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Take A Flier

    The slang term for a decision to invest in highly speculative investments.
  2. Bar Chart

    A style of chart used by some technical analysts, on which, as illustrated below, the top of the vertical line indicates ...
  3. Take A Bath

    A slang term referring to the situation of an investor who has experienced a large loss from an investment or speculative ...
  4. Black Friday

    1. A day of stock market catastrophe. Originally, September 24, 1869, was deemed Black Friday. The crash was sparked by gold ...
  5. Turkey

    Slang for an investment that yields disappointing results or turns out worse than expected. Failed business deals, securities ...
  6. Barefoot Pilgrim

    A slang term for an unsophisticated investor who loses all of his or her wealth by trading equities in the stock market. ...
Trading Center