Consider Enrolled Agents
CNNfn Online (10/07/00) Vol. 104, No. 40 p.C6; Gotlieb, Andy

Enrolled agents (EA) represent another source for getting your tax returns prepared. Often less expensive than certified public accountants (CPAs) and public accountants (PAs), EAs can be hired to prepare tax returns and can represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Legislation in states across the country, supported by CPAs, to prevent EAs from preparing balance sheets and financial statements for business clients, has helped make EAs a well-kept secret. "CPAs are very upset when we use the word accounting," says Sharon Flynn, an EA in California. EAs in California won a court decision in 1986 that allowed them to use the word accounting. The ranks of EAs consist of about 35,000 professionals.

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