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How to Find a Tax Professional to Help Solve your IRS Debt | By Brian Barto, EA | Winchester, VA

Updated: Jan 10, 2021

There are 3 professional designations that have “unlimited” representation rights to practice before the IRS; CPAs, attorneys, and ENROLLED AGENTS (EA). If you have IRS debt and need assistance, you will want to have a professional with one of these designations to help you. I am often asked; are you a CPA? Most people have heard of a CPA, but not many are familiar with an ENROLLED AGENT (EA). Enrolled agents are the only federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. To find out more, visit The biggest difference between and EA and a CPA, is that not all CPA are tax experts, but all ENROLLED AGENTS (EA) ARE tax experts.

Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards.

Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and enrolled agents, like attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs), have unlimited practice rights. This means they are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before. But unlike attorneys and CPAs, who may or may not choose to specialize in taxes, all enrolled agents specialize in taxation. CPAs and attorneys are licensed by the states, but enrolled agents are federally licensed. That means they are not limited to practicing in states from which they have received a license; they can practice anywhere in the United States.

The best way to find an Enrolled Agent to help you resolve your tax debt is to simply google “Find a Tax Expert.” The first (non-Ad) listing that comes up should be This will provide you a listing of Enrolled Agents in your local area. Look for one that specializes in Tax Debt Resolution. Tax Debt Resolution is a specialty within the Enrolled Agent field.

At Tax Debt Resolution Services of Winchester VA, our mission is to help you eliminate your IRS issues and the stress the IRS has created in your life and help you get back to doing what you do best! We help our clients in Winchester VA, Strasburg VA, Martinsburg WV and Charles Town WV to resolve their tax debts!. If you need assistance please feel free to contact me at 540-662-4432 or

Brian Barto, 24 Weems Lane, Winchester, VA 22601


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