ARE YOU AN ENROLLED AGENT?
Join us! The Illinois Society of Enrolled Agents [ILSEA], an affiliate of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, promotes the professional status of its membership through quality education, network events, politically-savvy legislative representation and public awareness.
Here is a list of Membership Benefits:
Errors & Omissions Insurance specifically designed for Enrolled Agents
Online Tax Research Center
E@lert, the weekly e-newsletter
EA Journal, the monthly publication
Nationwide publicity campaigns
Client Newsletters for reproduction
NTPI, the only annual educational event designed specifically for practitioners seeking to specialize in representation before the IRS
Special discounts on products and services
Midwest In Motion, the ILSEA’s sponsored education & networking seminar featuring timely, upper- level programs taught by nationally recognized speakers.
Local seminars, chapter and satellite meetings
A little history about how Enrolled Agents came into existence:
“EA” is the professional designation for an Enrolled Agent. After the Civil War, many citizens had problems settling claims with the government for horses and other property confiscated for use in the war effort. After many petitions and much pleading, Congress in 1884 endowed Enrolled Agents with the power of advocacy to prepare claims against the government and to seek equitable justice for the citizenry. For many years, the purpose of the Enrolled Agent was to act in this capacity.
In 1913, when the income tax was passed, the job of the Enrolled Agent was expanded to include claims for monetary relief for citizens whose taxes had become inequitable. As the income tax, estate, gift and other sources of tax collections became more complex, the role of the Enrolled Agent increased to include the preparation of the many tax forms that were required. Additionally, as audits became more prevalent, their role evolved into taxpayer advocacy, negotiating with the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of their clients.
In 1972, EAs united to form a national association to represent the needs and interests of EAs and the rights of taxpayers. That association is today called the National Association of Enrolled Agents. Through their national association and state affiliates, Enrolled Agents have successfully defended their rights to practice and furthered the passage of legislation and administrative rules that benefit both tax practitioners and ordinary citizens.
The Illinois Society of Enrolled Agents, an affiliate of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, promotes the professional status of its membership through quality education, politically-savvy legislative representation, and public awareness.
NAEA, the only association specifically for Enrolled Agents, continues to make sure that the EA voice is heard in Washington and across the nation.