Important Information Regarding the Enrolled Agent Special Enrollment Examination

As of May 1, 2020, the Special Enrollment Examination is revised to reflect tax law for the calendar year 2019.

Annual Enrollment Renewal Application Period for EAs

The 2020 Enrollment Renewal Application Period is open from November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020. Per U.S. Treasury Department Circular No. 230 (Rev. 6-2014) (PDF), you are required to renew your EA status during this time frame if your SSN ends in 4, 5, or 6. Without renewal your current enrollment will expire on March 31, 2020.

You may submit your enrollment renewal application and payment online using

Form 8554 Renewal

To renew you must:

  1. Have an active preparer tax identification number (PTIN).
  2. Complete a minimum of 72 hours per enrollment cycle (every three years). Additionally, you must also obtain a minimum of 16 hours of CE (including 2 hours of ethics or professional conduct) 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 $67 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, 2019.
  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.

Enrolled Agent Logo Available for Download

The enrolled agent logo is now available for download. The logo may be used in marketing materials and is available in both a black/white and color version.

While use of the logo is optional, use of the prior logo containing the IRS eagle must cease. The obsoleted logo may not appear in any publications, advertising, websites, business cards, or other communication with clients or prospective clients.

For further guidance on marketing materials, please refer to Circular 230 (PDF), particularly § 10.30 regarding Solicitation.

IRS to Terminate/Inactivate EAs Who Haven't Renewed

The Internal Revenue Service sent letters to EAs whose enrollment status was terminated or inactivated because of failure to renew. Termination letters went out in late July, while inactive letters went out mid-August 2019.

EAs with SSNs ending in 0, 1, 2, or 3, who have not renewed for the 2016 and 2019 cycles will have their enrollment placed in terminated status. Anyone in terminated status must re-take the SEE to apply for re-enrollment.

EAs with SSNs ending in 0, 1, 2, or 3, who did not renew for the 2019 cycle will have their enrollment placed in inactive status. Anyone in inactive status can still submit a late renewal for approval; with proof of CE.

If you have questions about your enrollment status, please contact the Office of Enrollment at 855-472-5540.

Continuing Education Credit Can be Earned for Data Security Courses

Tax professionals can now earn CE credit for programs covering data security and identity theft topics.  Courses focused on enhancing tax professional awareness of protecting client data, including review of Publications 4556 or 4524 safeguards can qualify for continuing education in the federal tax law category.

IRS recognized CE programs previously only included those courses that covered federal tax preparation, federal tax updates, ethics, and representation topics.