An enrolled agent (EA) is a person who has shown mastery of tax laws through a series of tests, and is enrolled to practice before the IRS. An EA is one of three occupations that can represent taxpayers in front of the IRS - EA, CPA, or lawyer. An EA is able to advise, represent, and prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, and any entity with tax reporting requirements. See this website for a really good definition: https://www.naea.org/educating-america/what-enrolled-agent
So, why did I choose to become an EA over a CPA? My original plan was to become a CPA, but, I had built a successful business with too many responsibilities. One of the requirements to become a CPA is to work under a CPA for two thousand hours, which I just could not do with my client load. So, I looked for alternatives. And, an EA just seemed more in line with what I wanted to do anyways. Instead of being licensed by my state, I am recognized federally and can represent anyone in front of the IRS. If I move, even internationally, I am still an EA as long as I complete my continuing education requirements each year. I need that freedom!
So, when you are ready to do your taxes, think of an EA!