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2015-2018 Enrolled Agent (EA) Continuing Education (CE) Renewal Requirements

All enrolled agents with a Social Security Number (SSN) ending in 7, 8, 9, or EAs without an SSN, are required to renew their enrollment during the 2015 Enrollment Renewal Application Period – November 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015.

Refer to the next news item for more guidance on how to renew.  

CE requirements for renewal are outlined in the U.S. Treasury Department Circular No. 230 (Rev. 6-2014) and are as follows:

  • Enrollment Cycle - Complete a minimum of 72 hours of CE credit, including 6 hours of ethics or professional conduct during the current 3-year enrollment cycle (2012-2015).
  • Enrollment Year - Complete a minimum of 16 hours of CE credit, including 2 hours of ethics or professional conduct, during each enrollment year (2012, 2013, and 2014) of the current enrollment cycle (2012-2015).
  • Newly enrolled EAs with an SSN ending in 7, 8, 9, or without an SSN, who received their initial enrollment during the 2012-2015 enrollment renewal cycle must complete 2 hours of CE for each month of their enrollment, including 2 hours of ethics, or professional conduct each year.

Refer to Publication 5186, CE Requirements Chart for Enrollment Renewal, for more information.

All requests for a waiver from the CE requirements must be submitted on Form 14392, CE Waiver Request, accompanied by appropriate documentation, and filed no later than the last day of the enrollment renewal application period, e.g. January 31, 2015.


Annual Enrollment Renewal Application Period for EAs

The 2015 Enrollment Renewal Application Period is open from November 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. Per U.S. Treasury Department Circular No. 230 (Rev. 6-2014), you are required to renew your EA status during this time frame if your SSN ends in 7, 8, 9; or you do not have a SSN. Without renewal your current enrollment will expire on March 31, 2015.

You may submit your enrollment renewal application and payment directly online through Pay.gov.

To renew you must:

  1. Have a valid PTIN number.
  2. Complete a minimum of 16 hours CE each year of your enrollment cycle for a total 72 hours. In addition, 2 hours of ethics, or professional conduct must be completed during each enrollment year. EXCEPTION: If this is your first renewal, you must complete 2 hours of CE for each month of your enrollment, including 2 hours of ethics, or professional conduct each year.
  3. Pay the $30 non-refundable renewal fee. This fee applies regardless of your enrollment status.

Use these tips to ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible:

  1. Do not submit your application prior to November 1, 2014.
  2. Fill in the CE table in Part 1 completely.
  3. Sign, and date your form in Part 3.

Please allow 90 days for processing before calling 855-472-5540 to check on the status of your application.


Notice of EA Inactive/Termination Status

On June 12, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service began sending letters to EAs whose enrollment status was being inactivated or terminated because of failure to renew.

EAs with SSNs ending in 4, 5, or 6 who did not renew for the 2014 cycle had their enrollment placed in inactive status by June 12, 2014.

EAs with SSNs ending in 4, 5, or 6 who had not renewed since the 2008 cycle had their enrollment placed in terminated status by June 12, 2014.

All letters were completed by July 23, 2014.

If you have questions about your enrollment status, please contact the Enrolled Agent Policy and Management mailbox (epp@irs.gov).

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 07-Nov-2014