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Virus Disrupts Enrolled Agent Tests in U.S. and Abroad

April 29, 2020, 6:16 PM

Pandemic-related site closures have led the IRS to delay tests for tax professionals seeking authorization to represent individuals before the agency and prepare returns, according to an agency website update.

Enrolled agent exam centers in the U.S. and Canada are closed through the end of May, so anyone whose test was slated for May should get an email telling them their test has been canceled and the company that administers the test would help them reschedule, according to the Wednesday update.

  • The June 15-29 period for international tests has also been canceled, and those who want to use a previous passing score on part of the exam can now carry that score forward three years rather than the usual two, the website said.
  • The timed, three-part exam focuses on tax preparation for individuals and business entities, as well as taxpayer representation, and is normally offered from May 1 through February 28 at roughly 300 sites in the U.S. and globally, according to the National Association of Enrolled Agents.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lydia O'Neal in Washington at loneal@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Patrick Ambrosio at pambrosio@bloombergtax.com; Colleen Murphy at cmurphy@bloombergtax.com

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