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Secret Agent

Enrolled agents go beyond the call of duty.

It's not well-known, but there are other tax experts besides CPAs. And, more important, they can appear in your stead before the IRS--and possibly save your company cash at tax time.

Enrolled agents are licensed by the federal government and specialize in tax matters for businesses as well as individuals. These agents can not only do your tax returns, but they can act as your representative during audits and collection meetings with the IRS.

Why choose an enrolled agent over a CPA? "They typically charge less than CPAs," says enrolled agent Vicki Mulak of the Orange County Chapter of the California Society of Enrolled Agents, "and they can do everything [CPAs] can do at the income tax level."

To find an agent near you, call the National Association of Enrolled Agents at (301) 212-9608.

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This article was originally published in the August 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Secret Agent.

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