Ned P. Totah, Jr., EA - Owner of Totah's Tax Service started this company in 1985 to provide efficient, expert solutions to individuals and businesses. I have over 30 years of tax accounting experience and have the Enrolled Agent (EA) designation.
I believe in the value of relationships and that every client relationship is like a partnership in that my success is a result of your success. I am committed to providing close, personal attention to my clients and take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal attention you receive comes from years of training and experience.
My continual investment of time and resources in professional education and state-of-the-art computer technology is indicative of my commitment of excellence.
I am a member of the California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA), National Association of Enrolled Agents (NSEA), National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), National Society of Accountants (NSA) and Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT).
What is an Enrolled Agent?
The Enrolled Agent (EA) designation originated in 1884 to regulate agents who represented U.S. Citizens with claims for Civil War losses. Today, EAs represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and help prepare returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, and other tax entities. EAs are also experts in tax planning, and can help you ensure that you don't pay too much or risk an audit.
Unlike lawyers or CPAs, Enrolled Agents specialize in taxation. Throughout the year they advise, represent and prepare returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts and any entities with tax-reporting requirements. Enrolled Agents' expertise in the constantly changing field of tax law enables them to be effective representatives when taxpayers are audited by the IRS.
What qualifications are required to become an EA and maintain enrollment?
There are only two ways to earn the Enrolled Agent designation. The first route is to take a three-part examination, one of the most difficult professional examinations in the country. This test covers all aspects of taxation, including ethics. The application process includes a thorough background investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.
The other way to become an EA is to be employed by the IRS for a minimum of five years, regulary interpreting and applying the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and regulations.
Following successful enrollment, EAs are required to maintain a rigourous schedule of professional education in the tax field. When you sit down with an Enrolled Agent, you are sitting down with the ultimate tax expert.
How is an EA different from other tax preparers?
Enrolled Agents are required to demonstrate competence in matters of taxation; their right to represent taxpayers comes directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Unlike many tax preparers for whom tax preparation is a seasonal job from January through April 15th, EAs provide tax services year-round in the field of tax planning, preparation and representation.