The Internal Revenue Service announced that its special enrollment examination could be converted to a computer-based test as soon as this fall.

An enrolled agent has the privilege to practice before the IRS and has demonstrated special competence in tax matters. There are currently about 40,000 active enrolled agents, many of whom are attorneys and CPAs, who represent taxpayers in both examinations and collection matters. Besides passing the four-part examination, applicants must also undergo an additional background check before enrollment.

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