Enrolled Agent Renewals - SSN Ending in 4, 5 and 6
The IRS has issued final regs that separate the enrolled retirement plan agent user fees from the enrolled agent user fees. In addition, under the final regs, the initial enrollment and renewal of enrollment fees for both are reduced from $125 to $30. These regs are effective Apr. 19, 2011.
The renewal for Enrolled Agents with SSN numbers ending in 4, 5 or 6 has been delayed for several months awaiting the release of these final regulations. Those whose renewal has been administratively delayed by IRS continue to be in good standing even though their card indicates a March 31, 2011 expiration date.
The renewal period for Enrolled Agents with SSN number ending in 4, 5, or 6 will commence on June 1st and conclude on August 30th. IRS expects to process the applications and issue enrollment cards within 90 days of the end of the renewal period (by November 28th). The renewal will be retroactive to April 1, 2011 for Enrolled Agents who properly renew their enrollment prior to August 30th. (Announcement 2011-29)
OPR and RPR have had their hands full as of late dealing with all the new tax preparer rules and registrations. As a result things have not been going as smoothly as one would expect. Although it is anticipated the IRS will send out renewal notices, if you don’t receive one you should be pro-active and down load the 8554 from the IRS website yourself and file it. However, wait until after June 1st since the form is not currently available and not expected to be posted until about June 1st.
Don’t let your card lapse. Add a note to your calendar.