The IRS Return Preparer Office recently sent the message below to all 473,000 non-credentialed PTIN holders.
The IRS is providing a new enrolled agent logo that EAs may use in marketing materials. The new logo replaces a logo IRS created in 2012. While use of the new logo is optional, use of the prior logo must cease. The prior logo contains a likeness of a government insignia, which by law limits its use to officers and employees of departments and agencies of the United States. We apologize for this error and any confusion that we may have caused. Enrolled agents have until October 31, 2018 to discontinue use of the logo containing the IRS eagle. The obsolete logo may not appear in any publications, advertising, websites, business cards, or other communications with clients or prospective clients. For further guidance on marketing materials, please refer to Circular 230, particularly § 10.30 regarding Solicitation. Active enrolled agents can obtain the logo by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “EA logo.” An announcement about the logo has been posted to the EA News page on IRS.gov at: https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/enrolled-agent-news
The IRS is sending out the following information to inform potential candidates that the fee to take each part of the SEE will change from $111.94 to $181.94 effective March 1, 2018, which is when scheduling for the May 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 testing window begins. You can still make appointments now at the lower rate for the current testing window which concludes on February 28, 2018. However, note that you will not be able to reschedule appointments scheduled for the current testing window into the May 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 testing window. Schedule the SEE today. Visit us at www.prometric.com/see or call us at 1-800-306-3926 Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.
It is that special time of year again for enrolled agents to renew their EA licenses with IRS if your Social Security number (SSN) ends in 7, 8, or 9, or if you do not have a Social Security number. The renewal period begins November 1st and ends January 31st. For EAs with SSNs that terminate in 7, 8, or 9, you are required to renew your licenses with IRS as governed by Circular 230. This also applies to EAs who do not have a Social Security number. If it is your time to renew, then you may renew your license online through pay.gov. Once you have renewed online and it has been processed, your license will not need to be renewed for another three years beginning April 1, 2018. Please allow up to 90 days for processing from the date you renewed online. Mailing your renewal application may cause delays in processing. The renewal period ends January 31st. Do not renew late or you may experience excessive problems next summer. Your EA license card should indicate that the expiration date falls on March 31, 2018. That is not the time to renew. January 31 is the deadline to renew your license. Please renew online when the renewal … Read More
The IRS has issued final regulations which increase the IRS user fee to $81 for taking the Special Enrollment Examination to become an Enrolled Agent. Section 10.4(a) of Circular 230 authorizes IRS to grant status as enrolled agents to individuals who demonstrate special competence in tax matters by passing a written examination (the Enrolled Agent Special Enrollment Examination, or EA-SEE) administered by, or under the oversight of, IRS. These individuals must not have engaged in any conduct that would justify suspension or disbarment under Circular 230. As of Sept. 1, 2016, there were 51,755 active enrolled agents. The EA-SEE is comprised of three parts which are offered in a testing period that begins each May 1 and ends the last day of the following February. An applicant must pass all parts of the EA-SEE to be granted enrolled agent status through written examination. Starting in 2006, IRS engaged the services of a third-party contractor to develop and administer the EA-SEE. Here is a summary of the total fee amounts: Current fee (effective for tests taken beginning 5/1/17) for taking each part of SEE is $111.94. Comprised of $11 for IRS and $100.94 for vendor. Effective for tests taken beginning 5/1/18 the total … Read More
IRS to Inactivate/Terminate EAs Who Haven’t Renewed: Beginning in June 2017, the Internal Revenue Service will send letters to EAs whose enrollment status is being inactivated or terminated because of failure to renew. EAs with SSNs ending in 4, 5, or 6, who did not renew for the 2017 cycle will have their enrollment placed in inactive status. Anyone in inactive status can still submit a late renewal for approval with proof of CE. Over 4,000 notices are expected to be sent informing the tax professional that they have been moved into inactive status. EAs with SSNs ending in 4, 5, or 6, who have not renewed for the 2014 and 2017 cycles will have their enrollment placed in terminated status. Anyone in terminated status must re-take the SEE to apply for re-enrollment. If you have questions about your enrollment status, please contact the Office of Enrollment at 855-472-5540. Annual Enrollment Renewal Application Period for EAs: The 2017 Enrollment Renewal Application Period was open from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. Per U.S. Treasury Department Circular No. 230 (Rev. 6-2014), all Enrolled Agents are required to renew their EA status during this time frame if their SSN ends in … Read More
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