An Enrolled Agent ("EA") is a federally-authorized tax professional. "Enrolled" means to be licensed by the Federal Government, and "Agent" means authorized to appear in place of a taxpayer before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). EAs are the only federally-licensed tax professionals and are authorized to represent taxpayers in all 50 states and at all administrative levels of the IRS. The Enrolled Agent designation dates back to 1884. EAs are admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by the Director of Practice, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.