Starr Cochran is an Enrolled Agent and presently heads her own company, Starr Cochran & Associates, specializing in individual tax preparation and audit representation.
Enrolled Agents are to Taxes what CPAs are to Accounting
Certified Public Accountants know accounting; Enrolled Agents know taxes. To receive the designation, Enrolled Agents must pass a 2-day exam administered by the IRS which covers all areas of taxes — individuals, small businesses, partnerships, corporations, estates and trusts, procedures and ethics. Next, successful candidates are subjected to a rigorous background check conducted by the IRS. To remain in good standing, Enrolled Agents are required to complete 72 hours of continuing professional education every three years, with a minimum of 12 hours per year, and abide by the provisions of the US Treasury Department’s regulations. Because of these demanding requirements, there are only about 43,000 active Enrolled Agents worldwide. Enrolled Agents, along with CPAs and attorneys, are the only three designations recognized by the IRS to represent taxpayers in tax matters.