Many people know what a CPA is, but have never heard of the IRS Enrolled Agent program. If you google "IRS", and type "Enrolled Agent" in the search box, this is what you will find:
An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test covering individual and business tax returns, or through experience as a former IRS employee.
Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years.