EASEAL_LAt Carpenter’s Tax & Accounting we offer quality, year-round, professional tax preparation and representation services for individuals and small businesses in the Portland metro area.


We can represent you before the IRS and Oregon Department of Revenue. We can handle multiple year non-filing problems, as well as installment agreements, and offers in compromise. We have extensive training from the National Tax Education Institute in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service, in both collection issues and audit issues.  Each year we individually maintain over 30 hours of continuing education in order to keep abreast of the latest tax issues.

Our qualified professional staff, includes the team of Mike and Barbara Carpenter who will personally tend to all of your accounting and tax filing requirements. Mike is an Enrolled Agent, a Licensed Tax Consultant, an Accredited Tax Advisor, and a NTEI Graduate Fellow, with over 32 years tax and accounting experience.  Barbara is also an Enrolled Agent and a Licensed Tax Consultant with over 19 years experience in the tax field.  As a former middle school teacher with Portland Public Schools, she brings a unique insight into the tax preparation business.

What is an Enrolled Agent?
Enrolled Agents (EA’s) are federally licensed tax professionals who have technical expertise in the field of taxation and are licensed to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service at all administrative levels. In addition, EA’s are the only tax practitioners required by federal law to maintain their expertise through continuing education.   Both Mike and Barbara have passed the grueling two-day four part EA exam which covers every aspect of tax law.  The IRS allows former IRS employees to become EA’s without taking an exam.  CPA’s and Attorney’s are licensed by the State of Oregon.

What is a Licensed Tax Consultant?
Oregon law requires that all tax preparers in Oregon be licensed.  Licensing requirements are maintained by the Oregon Board of Tax Practitioners.  Licensed Tax Preparers have successfully completed an 80 hour course in tax law, and have passed a state exam.  Licensed Tax Consultants (LTC’s) are licensed through the Oregon Board of Tax Practitioners, after successfully passing a state exam and working under the supervision of a Licensed Tax Consultant for two or more years. Oregon Licensed Tax Consultants, Licensed Tax Preparers, and Enrolled Agents are required to maintain at least 30 classroom hours of continuing education in the tax field each year.


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