Hiring A Tax Attorney vs. Enrolled Agent

When faced with big, scary tax problems, it’s hard to know what to do and it almost feels natural to automatically select a tax attorney to “defend” you against the big, bad IRS. But is that always your best choice? There are other options that may make more sense. Learn the strengths of both the tax attorney and the Enrolled Agent to help you decide who to go to first.

Tax Attorney


A tax attorney is an attorney first. The majority of their schooling after high school is dedicated to attorney education. While their first four years of college can technically be in any major, most pre-law students are focused on prerequisites to get them into law school. Once they have their Bachelor’s degree, they must take the LSAT  (similar to the ACT or SAT in high school). This helps them determine which law school to strive for. Another three years in law school and finally, they are ready to take the bar exam. Once passed, they are able to be a practicing attorney in their state.  So far no mention of studies in a specific category of law, right? No criminal classes, no divorce or child custody classes, no tax classes, no bankruptcy, classes….this is because schooling has been solely focused on becoming a lawyer.


Seven years of college and two exams later, it’s time to focus on the particular area of interest for each lawyer. Los Angeles Tax attorneys are lawyers first.

Enrolled Agent


Enrolled Agents’ immediate focus is on tax laws and IRS proceedings. Prospective Enrolled Agents study for the IRS exam, which consists of three comprehensive parts. Once the exam is passed, demonstrating a thorough level of expertise in tax law, the IRS then bestows on the tax professional, its highest recognition; Enrolled Agent. Unlike any and every other tax professional, Enrolled Agents are required to attend continuing education classes on a regular basis to assure their competency of the most recent changes in tax law in order to maintain their status.


Many times, Enrolled Agents find in their every day duties that they are in communication with some department of the IRS. This gives the Enrolled Agent extensive knowledge and familiarity of the inner workings of the IRS allowing the Enrolled Agent to efficiently provide what they are looking for to quickly solve clients’ tax problems.Does My Situation Call For A Tax Attorney or Enrolled Agent?If you are being investigated for fraud by the IRS, you plan to sue the IRS or you have any other reason to believe that you will end up in a courtroom in front of a judge with your tax problem, it may be wise to choose a tax attorney.


If your situation can be handled effectively outside the courtroom, it may be wise to choose an Enrolled Agent. 


Not sure if you could end up in a courtroom? Start with an Enrolled Agent. Attorneys tend to charge upwards of $500 per hour to spend time on your tax issue. Enrolled Agents are considerably less expensive and are usually more willing to discuss your details with you in order to get started before charging you one penny.

Why IRS Tax Relief Now?

IRS Tax Relief Now has Enrolled Agents available to serve you with over 30 years experience.  You can start on our website to get some fundamental knowledge about the situation you’re facing. When you’re ready, contact us for a free, no obligation consultation. We’ll be happy to talk to you about what you’re facing and your options, free of charge. We’ll put together an efficient and effective plan to get you back into compliance with the IRS so that you can go on living your life without the stress of your delinquent taxes on your back every day.

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