Accreditation provides evidence to clients, potential clients and the public that the accredited professional has met the national standard for the knowledge that underlies the accounting and taxation field. Certified individuals demonstrate mastery of a broad range of knowledge of accounting procedures and practices as well as the field of taxation
An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test covering individual and business tax returns, or through experience as a former IRS employee. 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.
Accredited Tax Advisor
The Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT) is an independent accrediting and monitoring organization affiliated with the National Society of Accountants (NSA). ACAT accredits professionals in independent practice who have demonstrated measurable knowledge of the principles, practices, and ethical standards of accounting, taxation, information technology, and related financial services.
Accredited Business Advisor
Individuals who hold these credentials have demonstrated their knowledge and competency through a regimen that includes education, experience, and examination on topics that include substantial taxation and ethical components. To maintain their credentials, they comply with rigorous annual continuing professional education requirements.