The IRS has announced that it has redetermined the user fee it will impose to cover the agency’s cost of overseeing the administration of the Enrolled Agent examination, the EA-SEE. The IRS now proposes to increase the user fee to $81 per part. The current fee per part charged by the IRS for its oversight services is $11 per part.
The IRS portion of the examination cost is in addition to the fees charged by the examination contractor. The new IRS announcement states that, “For the May 2016 to February 2017 testing period, the contractor’s fee is $98 for each part of the EA-SEE. For the March 2017 to February 2019 testing periods, the contractor’s fee will be $100.94. For the March 2019 to February 2020 testing period, the contractor’s fee will be $103.97. The fee charged by the contractor is fixed by the current contract terms and therefore may not be reduced or renegotiated at this time. The contract will expire on February 29, 2020.”
The January 26, 2016 notice of proposed rule-making had proposed to increase the EA-SEE user fee for the IRS portion of the overall fee to $99 per part but that notice has now been withdrawn.
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A copy of the new proposal is available here.