Choosing Your Tax Specialist: Enrolled Agent vs. CPA

February 01, 2024

Just as doctors specialize in various areas of medicine after completing their general education, individuals with an accounting degree also have the opportunity to tailor their expertise. The decision to specialize often comes down to whether to become an Enrolled Agent (EA) or a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In this blog, we’ll discuss the key distinctions between EAs and CPAs, shedding light on which might be the right fit for you. And, most excitedly, we’ll spill the tea on what an Integrated Advisor is—and why you need one!

Enrolled Agents: The Tax Nerds

Enrolled Agents are tax specialists who are deeply immersed in the world of tax compliance. Their primary role involves representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and ensuring compliance with tax laws. If you find yourself constantly seeking tax advice and want a professional dedicated solely to minimizing your tax liabilities, an Enrolled Agent may be the way to go.

Certified Public Accountants (CPAs): The Versatile Financial Experts:

On the other side of the spectrum, CPAs enjoy a broader scope of expertise. While they are fully qualified to prepare and file taxes, CPAs can also venture into auditing, accounting, and various specialized areas within the financial landscape. The CPA designation also has many subspecialties, including tax strategy and planning, advising, consulting, and specialization in State and Local Taxes (SALT). If you’re looking for a well-rounded financial expert who can address a range of financial matters beyond just taxes, a CPA would be a better choice.

Choosing the Right Specialist for You:


All of this comes down to whether you are someone who is constantly going to your tax preparer and asking for tax advice on how to minimize how much you spend in taxes. It’s akin to going to your dentist and asking for a nose job; you’re not directing the right questions to the right people. So, if you want to save money on taxes and be aware of every single deduction available to you, you need to work with a tax strategist—or better yet, a fully integrated advisor.

What is a Fully Integrated Advisor?:

In short, being a fully integrated advisor means offering a unique blend of personal attention, boutique services, and collaborative solutions, aiming to create a first-in-class experience that prioritizes client satisfaction and financial success. What does that exactly mean? Well, at Unboxed Advisors, it means transcending the conventional financial service model. We pride ourselves on being characterized by a level of personal care and attention rarely found in the industry. Unlike the common frustration of clients feeling passed around in larger firms, we ensure a personal touch by offering clients direct access—yes, our cell numbers. Have a question? Send a text. Need to chat? Dial away. Another fun fact: we deliberately maintain a limited clientele, aiming for a boutique and handcrafted approach. Not to pat our own backs, but this commitment to personalized service is a stark departure from the norm, especially considering the extensive experience of the founders in larger firms. And that is what you deserve.

As integrated advisors, we are open to collaboration with existing bookkeepers, accountants, or tax preparers that you may already have relationships with. This approach, rooted in a spirit of cooperation, allows us to prioritize your financial and personal freedom. The emphasis on cohesive strategies and handcrafted solutions underscores the belief that true magic happens when plans come together, covering the spectrum of business, personal, and financial aspects—all under one roof.

In the realm of tax specialists, the choice between an Enrolled Agent and a Certified Public Accountant depends on your specific needs and the level of expertise you’re seeking. Whether you prefer the specialized focus of an Enrolled Agent or the versatility of a CPA, both can play crucial roles in optimizing your financial situation. However, for those looking to maximize tax savings and gain a comprehensive understanding of available deductions, partnering with a tax strategist is the key. Remember, it’s not just about filing taxes; it’s about strategically planning and navigating the intricate landscape of tax laws.

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