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What Is Form 2848, Power of Attorney, and When Is It Used?
To protect your privacy, IRS employees won't talk to just anyone about your taxes. To give them permission to discuss your taxes with someone else, you'll need Form 2848. Read more…

What is an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN)?
An IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) is a number issued by the IRS to a professional tax preparer, such as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and Enrolled Agents (EAs). A PTIN is only required for professional tax preparers that accept payment to prepare tax returns. Individual taxpayers, including TurboTax customers, do not need a PTIN to file their own taxes. Read more…

What is an Enrolled Agent for Taxes?
Enrolled agents (EAs) are tax professionals authorized to represent taxpayers before the IRS. These agents have "unlimited practice rights," meaning that they are allowed to represent any kind of taxpayer—individual, business or organization—and are authorized to deal with any federal tax issue. They can represent clients in all dealings with the IRS, from filing forms and returns to defending them in audits. Read more…

What is a Tax Professional?
Anyone who prepares income taxes for a fee can be considered a professional tax preparer, but not all professional tax preparers can represent you before the IRS on tax matters. Only Federally Authorized Tax Practitioners (FATPs) are granted that privilege by the IRS. This article describes the three main types of FATPs: CPAs, EAs, and tax attorneys. Read more…

What Is a Tax Preparer?
A tax preparer is an individual who prepares, calculates, and files income tax returns on behalf of individuals and businesses. There are several different types of tax preparers, with some having credentials issued by third-party organizations while others are non-credentialed preparers. Knowing the different types of tax preparers and credentials can help you get your best tax outcome. Read more…

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