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 4, 5, or 6. Without renewal the current enrollment expired on March 31, 2017.
IRS to Conduct EA CE Audits:
Beginning in May 2016, the IRS will mail letters to a random sample of EAs with SSNs ending in 0, 1, 2, or 3 requesting copies of their continuing education (CE) certificates of completion for the past three years.
Recipients of the letters will be asked to mail or fax the documents within 30 days.