What Is the Special Enrollment Examination? Why Does It Matter?

Becoming an enrolled agent is far from easy. This field requires an extensive understanding of IRS policies and procedures. Additionally, agents must be able to advocate assertively while also providing patient guidance for struggling taxpayers. Following extensive preparation, aspiring enrolled agents must complete one final hurdle: passing all three sections of the Special Enrollment Examination. Notoriously rigorous, this comprehensive exam covers a variety of concerns that enrolled agents may face as they deal with the IRS.

What Does the Special Enrollment Examination Cover?

The first two sections of the Special Enrollment Examination delve into critical tax concerns related to individuals and businesses. A variety of key topics are covered, including:

  • Income and assets
  • Deductions and credits
  • Specialized returns
  • Business financial information

The exam’s third section focuses on representation, practices, and procedures. Specifically, this section highlights concerns such as client communications, due diligence, and appeals, among others.

Why the Special Enrollment Examination Matters

Not just anybody is capable of handling your IRS situation. You demand high-quality representation from an agent who understands the ins and outs of the IRS. The Special Enrollment Examination verifies this competence, much as the bar does for a lawyer or board certification for a physician. Evidence of a passed exam can provide valuable peace of mind as you move forward with an IRS enrolled agent or a tax resolution service.

The enrolled agents at the Highland Tax Group are proud to have passed all three sections on the Special Enrollment Exam. When you work with our team, you can take confidence in knowing that your representative is fully capable of advocating for your best interests — and emerging with a desirable solution for your most urgent tax concerns. Contact us today to learn more about our impressive track record.