UPCOMING FEE INCREASE FOR THE IRS ENROLLED AGENT SPECIAL ENROLLMENT EXAMINATION (SEE)

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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.

EA LICENSE RENEWAL SEASON TO BEGIN

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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

FEE TO INCREASE FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT EXAM

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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