Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years.
In order to enroll in the National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI), your tax professional must be an enrolled agent*, CPA or attorney. These are the only three professional groups that have full rights of representation before IRS. That means that not only can they speak directly to the IRS regarding your taxes without you being present, they can represent you in an IRS audit, collection or appeal. If you find yourself in tax trouble, you’ll want one of these professionals by your side.
NTPI Fellows have completed a stringent, three-level program of study that covers all facets of representing clients before the IRS. They have learned to guide their clients through the often challenging maze of IRS codes, internal regulations and agency structure. Once enrolled in NTPI, attendees study a broad range of applicable topics, including:
Communicating with the IRS
Examination (introduction and advanced)
Appeals (introduction, exam appeals, collection appeals and advanced appeals)
Tax Research and Resources
Criminal Investigation (introduction and advanced)
Form 1040 Audits
Freedom of Information Act
Trust Fund Recovery
Liens and Levies
Correcting Bad Actions of Clients
*Enrolled agents are the only tax professionals licensed by the US Department of Treasury