In this day of information security breaches, we as customers have had to learn to protect our sensitive data. We take precautions to protect our bank cards, and we know better than to give our social security number to someone over the phone. Yet, when it comes to our taxes, many of us find ourselves sitting in plastic chairs in the middle of a superstore waiting for someone we've never met to call our name so we can hand over not just some, but all of our financial, income and tax data.
Bill Banghart is an Enrolled Agent (EA). EA's are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Following is the description from the IRS of how an EA differs from other tax preparer's.