About Us

Working for Tax Professionals for Over 75 Years

Over 75 Years of Working for Tax & Accounting Professionals

The core mission of the NSA is to help tax and accounting professionals become more successful. 

Accountants and tax practitioners who have established their businesses can take advantage of member benefits and discounts that positively affect the bottom line of a small practice. The NSA also increases the value of membership by remaining in constant contact with members through email newsletters, announcements, publications, social media, and surveys. This open and transparent communication allows Leadership and staff to develop more, and better, programs to help members be successful.

NSA also produces and sponsors educational programs, such as the Live Enrolled Agent Exam Review Course that has helped many practitioners pass the EA exam the very first time. NSA is closely aligned with ACAT, producing the exam and study materials that allow potential credential holders to obtain ACAT's prestigious designations.

Not only does NSA look towards the development of the industry today, NSA also looks towards the future by awarding scholarships to deserving accounting students. In 2019, over $94,000 in scholarships were distributed to 45 students across the country.

NSA works for tax & accounting professionals

NSA's Accomplishments

NSA is the Grandfather of Check the Box. 
This privilege is now available because of the tireless work and dedication of NSA members.

If You’re an EA, You Can Thank NSA! NSA fought to allow accountants and tax preparers to sit for the Enrollment exam. Another NSA initiative was the creation of the title Enrolled Agent.

PTINs. NSA led the initiative to have preparers’ social security numbers removed from tax returns, protecting you from identity theft and other misuses of preparer information.

Tax Practitioners Bill of Rights. NSA issued a Tax Practitioners Bill of Rights to establish timely enactment of tax laws and regulations and reasonable levels of IRS service for tax practitioners, who file 60 percent of the tax returns received by the IRS each year.

IRS Mission.NSA persuaded Congress to change the IRS mission to one of service to the taxpayer.  
E-Filing. NSA worked to eliminate the e-filing paperwork nightmare in advocating the use of electronic PIN numbers. NSA continues to advocate the streamlining of the e-filing process to further assist time-constrained tax preparers.     

Circular 230. Circular 230 currently gives limited practice rights to preparers who are not attorneys, CPAs, or enrolled agents, only if the preparers participate in the IRS Annual Filing Season Program. Limited practice rights mean they can represent clients whose returns they prepared and signed before revenue agents, customer service representatives, and similar IRS employees, including the Taxpayer Advocate Service. NSA led the fight to ensure that preparers who have earned credentials from the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation are recognized as tax professionals by the AFSP program and are exempt from taking the AFSP annual examination.

Regulation of Tax Preparers. NSA continues to work to ensure that unscrupulous and incompetent practitioners are required to register with the IRS and be subject to the same rules, requirements, and penalties as those practitioners who have always taken the time – and put in the effort – to be conscientious, knowledgeable and ethical. NSA is also working at the state level to ensure that local regulation does not impose new burdens and roadblocks to your practice rights, including state-specific fees and requirements that duplicate federal laws. 

Monitoring State Boards of Accountancy. NSA continues to monitor rules and regulations proposed by State Boards to ensure they are fair and not skewed to large firms. For example, in 2012 NSA was successful in overturning a proposal in California that would have required small business accountants to modify financial statements prepared for their clients by advertising the services of larger firms.

These are just a few examples of the many long, hard-fought battles, NSA has undertaken on behalf of the tax preparation and accounting industries.