The IRS proposes to sharply increase EA Exam fee, based on the belief that fewer people are expected to take the exam in 2015. When the IRS originally proposed the exam fee, they based it on an estimate of approximately 34,000 users taking separate parts of the exam each year.
"In the testing periods beginning in 2012, 2013, and 2014, approximately 18,900, 19,500, and 22,400 parts of the exam were administered, respectively."
If the proposed fee increase is approved, the cost of taking all three parts of the EA exam will double (to $591.00). The testing fee per part would be $197 (vs. $109 currently).
The IRS gives three main reasons for the proposed increase:
Comments regarding the proposed regulation must be submitted within 30 days. A public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25. Download a copy of the proposed legislation here.