January 31 was the deadline for submitting your enrolled agent renewal if your SSN ends in 0, 1, 2, or 3. Normally, an EA can expect their credential within three months of application. However, this year is proving to be anything but normal. Please give IRS a few more weeks to clear out the backlog caused by the government shutdown. We have been assured by Carol Campbell, RPO, no EA shall be precluded from practice simply because of a delay in EA renewal applications. If you are having any problems with your practice because of this issue, please contact Rebecca Hawes at the NAEA.
EA Exam Update
The Special Enrollment Exam is offered 10 months of the year (May-February) and updated every May to reflect the most recent version of Title 26. We understand, via Prometric (the firm that constructs and administers the exam), the SEE will not be updated to reflect tax law changes enacted after 2017 until July 1, 2019. IRS postponed the update due to the government shutdown.