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Representing the brand ! Derek Ganter

IRS Stakeholder Liaison director wins national award

Derek Ganter, director, Stakeholder Liaison in the Communications & Liaison business unit, recently earned recognition from the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) as the 2023 winner of the Outstanding Supporter of Enrolled Agents Award.

Derek received the award in a December 6 ceremony in Baltimore, “to say thanks for all you have done for Enrolled Agents as a liaison and beyond,” said Lori Carpenter, the 2023 NAEA Awards Committee Chairperson about Derek.

“I was extremely honored that I was receiving the award from the National Association of Enrolled Agents. It was a total surprise and humbling that an organization like NAEA considered me as someone worthy of recognition. Ultimately, it is the extraordinary Stakeholder Liaison employees that earned this award. I feel privileged that I am allowed to lead the Stakeholder Liaison organization and that our partners at the National Association of Enrolled Agents  as well as the greater tax professional community, appreciate the world-class outreach and education we deliver every day,” Ganter said. 

The NAEA is the nation’s leading community for tax practitioners – from aspiring enrolled agents (EAs) to experts with decades of experience. The organization advances the professional tax practice through leadership, management, community and ethics.

The Outstanding Supporter of EAs Award recognizes significant contributions by non-NAEA organizations or individuals who are not enrolled agents having immediate and/or long-term impact on making enrolled agents more readily recognizable nationally, regionally or locally as the tax professionals of choice. 

Enrolled agents are permitted to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test covering individual and business tax returns or through experience as a former IRS employee.

Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years.

Like attorneys and certified public accountants, enrolled agents have unlimited practice rights. This means they are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before.


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