Treasury Department Circular No. 230


(1) The former employee applies for enrollment on an Internal Revenue Service form and supplies the information requested on the form and such other information regarding the experience and training of the applicant as may be relevant.
(2) The appropriate office of the Internal Revenue Service provides a detailed report of the nature and rating of the applicant’s work while employed by the Internal Revenue Service and a recommendation whether such employment qualifies the applicant technically or otherwise for the desired authorization.
(3) Enrollment as an enrolled agent based on an applicant’s former employment with the Internal Revenue Service may be of unlimited scope or it may be limited to permit the presentation of matters only of the particular specialty or only before the particular unit or division of the Internal Revenue Service for which the applicant’s former employment has qualified the applicant. Enrollment as an enrolled retirement plan agent based on an applicant’s former employment with the Internal Revenue Service will be limited to permit the presentation of matters only with respect to qualified retirement plan matters.
(4) Application for enrollment as an enrolled agent or enrolled retirement plan agent based on an applicant’s former employment with the Internal RevenueService must be made within three years from the date of separation from such employment.
(5) An applicant for enrollment as an enrolled agent who is requesting such enrollment based on former employment with the Internal Revenue Service must have had a minimum of five years continuous employment with the Internal Revenue Service during which the applicant must have been regularly engaged in applying and interpreting the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations relating to income, estate, gift, employment, or excise taxes.
(6) An applicant for enrollment as an enrolled retirement plan agent who is requesting such enrollment based on former employment with the Internal Revenue Service must have had a minimum of five years continuous employment with the Internal Revenue Service during which the applicant must have been regularly engaged in applying and
interpreting the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations relating to qualified retirement plan matters.(7) For the purposes of paragraphs (d)(5) and (6) of this section, an aggregate of 10 or more years of employment in positions involving the application and interpretation of the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, at least three of which occurred within the five years preceding the date of application, is the equivalent of five years continuous employment.(e) Natural persons. Enrollment to practice may be granted only to natural persons.(f) Effective/applicability date. This section is applicable beginning August 2, 2011.§ 10.5 Application to become an enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, or registered tax return preparer.(a) Form; address. An applicant to become an enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, or registered tax return preparer must apply as required by forms or procedures established and published by the Internal Revenue Service, including proper execution of required forms under oath or affirmation. The address on the application will be the address under which a successful applicant is enrolled or registered and is the address to which all correspondence concerning enrollment or registration will be sent.(b) Fee. A reasonable nonrefundable fee may be charged for each application to become an enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, or registered tax return preparer. See 26 CFR part 300. (c) Additional information; examination. The Internal Revenue Service may require the applicant, as a condition to consideration of an application, to file additional information and to submit to any written or oral examination under oath or otherwise. Upon the applicant’s written request, the Internal Revenue Service will afford the applicant the opportunity to be heard with respect to the application.(d) Compliance and suitability checks. (1) As a condition to consideration of an application, the Internal Revenue Service may



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