Patrick Mitchell is an Enrolled Agent, which is the highest credential the IRS awards and allows him to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled Agent status is the only federally-licensed certification which grants practitioners unlimited rights to advocate for taxpayers to the IRS directly. Enrolled Agents have no restrictions on which taxpayers they can represent, the tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before. CPAs and attorneys are licensed by the states, but enrolled agents are federally licensed. That means they are not limited to practicing in states from which they have received a license; they can practice anywhere in the United States. Enrolled agents advise, represent and prepare tax returns of individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts and any other entity with tax reporting requirements.
In addition to the stringent testing and application process, the IRS requires Enrolled Agents to complete 72 hours of continuing education every three years to maintain their licenses. Patrick Mitchell is a member of The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), which raises the bar even further – its members are required to complete at least 90 hours in a three-year period.
Patrick Mitchell & Mitchell Business can effectively navigate the complex and constantly evolving tax code. IRS Code sections now number from 1 to over 9,899 and encompass more than 72,500 pages. Frequently, provisions are added while others expire. Some are indexed for inflation, so they change as well. Some are effective at the beginning of the year while others become effective on the date a particular bill or law is signed. Because the tax code is always changing, Enrolled Agents take continuing education courses each year to keep up with the changes and also have research tools at their disposal to monitor updates. Most taxpayers do not have the time or the research tools to read the volumes of material that are added to or deleted from the tax code each year. Mitchell Business has both the resources and expertise to navigate these choppy waters, always with the taxpayer’s needs in mind.