EA CE Requirements
Hours: 72 every three years
Minimum: 16 hours per year (includng ethics)
Ethics: 2 hours per year
CE Deadlines: 12/31 Annually
CE Cycles: (based on last digit of SSN)
0, 1, 2, or 3 -- 2019, 2020, and 2021
4, 5, or 6 -- 2020, 2021, and 2022
7, 8, or 9 -- 2018, 2019, and 2020
Newly enrolled EAs: Generally, newly enrolled EAs will not need 72 hours because they will not have been enrolled for all three years of the cycle. The 16 hour yearly minimum may not apply to them for at least one of the three years of the cycle. The IRS has provided a helpful chart with the requirements for newly enrolled EAs here.
Internal Revenue Service
Enrolled Agent Policy & Management
PO Box 33968
Detroit, MI 48232
Phone: 855-472-5540 (6:30am - 5:00pm CT)
Renewal Application Period: November 1st through January 31st triennially (based on last digit of SSN - view chart)
Renewal Cycle Expiration: March 31st triennially (based on last digit of SSN - view chart)
PTIN Expiration: December 31st annually
Acceptable Programs of Study: All federal Tax and Ethics courses are approved topics and qualify for EA continuing education.
CPE Reporting: Completed credits are automatically reported to the IRS every weekday. Please note that it may take up to 48 hours for recently reported credits to become posted in your PTIN account online. In order for your continuing education completions to be reported, you must have an accurate PTIN number in your Pacific CPE account.
Please Note: Since regulations are constantly changing, the information contained here is deemed reliable however it is not guaranteed. We encourage you to contact the IRS to answer any questions and confirm or clarify any requirements listed here.