Searching For A Tax Specialist
When you are searching for a tax specialist it’s important to keep in mind that Enrolled Agents (EAs) are the only federally-licensed tax specialists who focus exclusively in taxation.
As a tax specialist, an EA’s knowledge and experience is not generalized on a variety of subjects such as law for attorney’s and accounting for CPAs. This is unlike attorney’s and CPAs, who may or may not choose to specialize in taxes; all enrolled agents specialize in taxation.
Enrolled Agents also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS, just like attorney’s. A distinction of note is that EAs are required to complete many hours of tax continuing education each year to ensure that they are up-to-date on the constantly changing tax code and increasing complexity.
Just like when you have a specific need – such as when you have a heart condition, you want to see a cardiologist and not your general physician. When you need a tax specialist and professional tax preparation, you will want to see an Enrolled Agent – the tax specialist.
The Enrolled Agent License Is The Highest Credential For Tax Specialists
The advantage of working with an EA is not only in the depth of experience and hands-on understanding of how to prepare a tax return, but also the extensive knowledge of tax law that can be used to represent taxpayers before the IRS whether it is for a tax audit, when you are a target of a collective action or to appeal a bad decision.
Key Points To Remember When Hiring A Tax Specialist
Your tax needs are best served by America’s Tax Specialist – Enrolled Agents. However, no matter who you hire there are certain things to keep in mind.
- Always use a qualified professional to prepare your return
- Preparers should always sign the return and include their Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).
- Beware of preparers who encourage you to lie or otherwise modify your information in order to get a bigger refund or to reduce tax liability.
- You, as the taxpayer, are responsible for what’s on a tax return. Reputable preparers will ask multiple questions and perform due diligence on your behalf to help you avoid potential penalties, risk for examination or other consequences.
As an income tax specialist, our goal at Tax Samaritan is to provide the best counsel, advocacy and personal service for our clients. We are not only tax preparation and representation experts, but strive to become valued business partners. Tax Samaritan is committed to understanding our client’s unique needs; every tax situation is different and requires a personal approach in providing realistic and effective solutions.
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Tax Samaritan is a team of Enrolled Agents with over 25 years of experience focusing on US tax preparation and representation. We maintain this tax blog where all articles are written by Enrolled Agents. Our main objective is to educate US taxpayers on their tax responsibilities and the selection of a tax professional. Our articles are also designed to help taxpayers looking to self prepare, providing specific tips and pitfalls to avoid.
When looking for a tax professional, choose carefully. We recommend that you hire a credentialed tax professional such as Tax Samaritan that is an Enrolled Agent (America’s Tax Experts). If you are a US taxpayer overseas, we further recommend that you seek a professional who is experienced in expat tax preparation, like Tax Samaritan (most tax professionals have limited to no experience with the unique tax issues of expat taxpayers).
Randall Brody is an enrolled agent, licensed by the US Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS for audits, collections and appeals. To attain the enrolled agent designation, candidates must demonstrate expertise in taxation, fulfill continuing education credits and adhere to a stringent code of ethics.
Every effort has been taken to provide the most accurate and honest analysis of the tax information provided in this blog. Please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information provided. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional tax advice based on your individual needs.