WHEREAS, the fiscal health and well-being of Virginia’s people, businesses, and institutions is critical to the continued vitality and prosperity of the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, enrolled agents are professionals who have earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test, or through experience as a former IRS employee; and
WHEREAS, the enrolled agent profession dates back to 1884 when, after questionable claims had been presented for Civil War losses, Congress acted to regulate persons who represented citizens in their dealings with the U.S. Treasury Department; and
WHEREAS, enrolled agents assist taxpayers with issues ranging from the annual compliance filing of a tax return to more complex issues of audits, liens, levies, appeals, and collections; and
WHEREAS, their knowledge, professionalism, and integrity make the enrolled agent “America's Tax Expert®”; and
WHEREAS, enrolled agents have been important to both Virginia taxpayers and to the Virginia Department of Taxation; and
WHEREAS, Enrolled Agent Week recognizes agents for their hard work and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses, and institutions across Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 4-10, 2018, as ENROLLED AGENT WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.