National Enrolled Agents Month is observed every year through February and its goal is to raise awareness and bring appreciation to the service done by enrolled agents across the United States. Enrolled agents are tax experts who are responsible for representing the average consumer before the I.R.S. whenever they have issues regarding taxes. These professionals are present and help conduct audits, appeals, and collections.
History of National Enrolled Agents Month
Taxation has been a part of society and culture for a long time. Ever since ancient Egypt, there has been evidence that the Pharaoh would collect money from Egyptians every two years to fund his projects for the land. During the development of the Enlightenment era, laws regarding taxes were created, facilitating the foundation of the taxation system we have to this day.Because society has grown exponentially, work functions and different needs began to surface, making it necessary for taxation laws to be constantly updated. That’s why today there are thousands of pages filled with different kinds of taxes — corporate tax, property tax, income tax, sales tax, capital gains tax, etc.. For the government to afford to provide services to the community, it needs to collect as much money as possible, which justifies the creation of many of the taxes we have today.National enrolled agents are professionals who are continuously tested and licensed by the I.R.S. to assist and represent consumers in matters regarding taxes, such as tax returns and business taxes. Basically, these are people whose expertise is based on tax laws, usually related to federal or national businesses within the United States of America. Enrolled agents are asked to continue their learning journey throughout their entire career, getting renewed certifications an average of every three years. There are over 50,000 enrolled agents working all around the country today.
National Enrolled Agents Month timeline
In ancient Egypt, the Pharaoh collects money from peasants every two years.
Most of the system of taxation we see in the world today follows the systems implemented in Europe during the 17th Century.
President Chester A. Arthur signs into law the creation of the enrolled agent position.
The enrolled agent position gets expanded by President Woodrow Wilson through the Revenue Act of 1913.
National Enrolled Agents Month FAQs
What are the three types of taxes?
There are three different types of taxes in the United States. Taxes are either regressive, proportional, or progressive.
How do taxes work?
Taxes are usually applied to the gross income of a household, based on other economical factors within the federal system.
Do I get money back from taxes?
A lot of Americans can get some money back after filing tax returns for the I.R.S.
How to Observe National Enrolled Agents Month
Thank an enrolled agent
Call up that one friend or family member who’s an enrolled agent and thank them for their continuous service and dedication! They’ll surely appreciate it.
Fill your spreadsheets
Get all of the latest expenses you’ve done and put them on a spreadsheet to keep organized and facilitate your enrolled agent’s job! Being prepared is half the battle!
Do your budgeting
Take your monthly income and divide it into different categories, setting a spending limit for each one, and make sure to follow it through the month. This is a great way to keep your finances organized!
5 Interesting Facts About Taxes
They are almost endless
The tax code, or the document in which the laws of taxes are written, is over 74,000 pages long!
They are ancient
Many documents prove that the Egyptian Pharaoh collected certain amounts every two years.
They can cause rebellions
Depending on the amount or what the object taxed is, people can get angry.
You can get refunded
By overpaying their tax returns, the average American can get refunded by the I.R.S. an average of $3,000 a year!
Peter the Great, in Russia, began taxing beards to make money off people who had the facial hair he despised, instead of simply banning it.
Why National Enrolled Agents Month is Important
It puts enrolled agents in the spotlight
We don’t usually remember to thank and honor our enrolled agents until we need their services. So this is a great month to keep an eye out for them and be grateful!
It raises financial awareness
It’s easy for us to get caught up in our daily tasks and forget about how important small expenses are when they’re added up at the end of the month. This month reminds us to stay aware.
It educates us on taxes
How much about taxes do you understand? Because enrolled agents are in the spotlight, they get to tell us all about those and help us understand where our money is going!
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