GGSEA is a professional organization of Enrolled Agents in California, affiliated with the California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA) & the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA).

Simply JOIN CSEA and your membership to GGSEA will be included! It is like having two organizations for the price of one!

Start CONNECTING with Tax Experts not just here in the Bay Area but throughout California! It is handy to know an expert in a specific field of taxation. No two tax situations are the same; being connected to a network of Enrolled Agents is a great way of getting specific questions answered quickly and reliably. You can even attend GGSEA tEAm Meetings or GGSEA Monthly Society meetings (which includes an education CPE).

BE THE EXPERT you’re meant to be! Nothing beats the feeling of having the Tax knowledge to show your Tax Client that you’re the right person for the job. As Tax Experts of the United State, we need to be armed with up to date information in the field of taxation and best way to get all the information is by taking Continuing Education courses, representation workshops, Monthly CPE and Annual Super Seminars with GGSEA and CSEA.


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Help Wanted - Seasonal Tax Preparer - Burlingame

CPA firm seeks tax preparer for 2020 season, Feb. - April 2021. Preparation of federal and state individual and trust tax returns. Full-time and part-time hours available. Knowledge of Lacerte, UltraTax and Excel a plus.

Help Wanted, Office Space Available - Tax Pro with Accounting Skills to Buy Practice - Seal Beach

Are you interested in owning your own tax, accounting and financial practice? I am a CPA, CFP, LPL Financial representative seeking the right individual to work with me and eventually buy my practice in Seal Beach, CA.

Office Space Available - Venice, CA

Space available for EA or CPA practice specializing in Partnerships, Corporations and Trusts. Plenty of referral business. Financial plaza on Abbott Kinney in Venice, CA.

CSEA Gains Important Victory Despite Tumultuous 2020 Legislative Session

On Tuesday night, the California Legislature adjourned for the year after a tumultuous 2020 legislative session. While CSEA business in the Capitol was far from usual this year both from a tax policy and an EA advocacy perspective...

Breaking News - IRS Mail Backlog and Unprocessed Checks

The IRS Stakeholder Liaison reports that IRS has been receiving a large number of inquiries about checks being sent and not cashed, and has posted the following notice to its...

Board Votes for New Technology to Support Chapters

CSEA’s first Board and Committee meetings of the 2020-2021 governance year were held July 19-20. What follows is a brief summary of the highlights...

Update on Original Signatures for Paper Returns and Other Documents FTB posted on its COVID-19 FAQs

FTB posted on its COVID-19 FAQs page today that for paper returns and other documents that must be signed with an original signature by a taxpayer and/or tax representative...

Ballot Proposition Could Repeal Certain Protections for Property Tax Rates

This November, California voters will be asked to consider Proposition 15, a ballot proposition that would exclude certain commercial business properties from 1978 Proposition 13 tax protections. The...

Congress Approves Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension

On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously passed legislation that would extend the PPP until August 8. This legislation came just before the Small Business Administration...

Help Wanted - Part-Time EA or CTEC and Bookkeeper - Ventura

Prefer 5 years of experience. We are a growing firm and the principal would like to semi-retire. This is an opportunity to grow with the firm.

Upcoming July CSEA Governance Meetings

Between the extended filing season, the need to avoid in-person meetings, and the virtual delivery of Super Seminar during the...

June 5, Legislative Update

Last Friday, the Senate passed two budget proposals that CSEA had been monitoring due to their important tax implications...

Businesses Are Starting to Open – Here’s How to Do It Safely

The Governor’s office has released guidelines for how businesses in certain counties can begin to reopen. Among the resources available...

Legislature Continues to Conduct Business Relevant to EAs

The Governor announced his May revision to the state budget on Thursday. One of the key takeaways is that the state is facing a $50 billion budget deficit. This impacts...

Supers Virtual Education Schedule Finalized!

A few weeks ago, we introduced Super Seminar: A Virtual Education Series for Tax Professionals, a first of its kind extended online event designed to be delivered over multiple weeks...

Meet your 2020-2021 Officer Nominees

The Nominating Committee, in accordance with the Bylaws and its Committee Charter, will nominate the following Members to serve the Society for the 2020-2021 fiscal year...

Super Seminar: A Virtual Education Series for Tax Professionals

Super Seminar: A Virtual Education Series for Tax Professionals a first of its kind extended online event that will be delivered over multiple weeks so that...

Business Owners, Self-Employed Can Now Apply for PUA

The new PUA program launched on Tuesday, April 28. It was established by the CARES Act to provide benefits to eligible business owners, self-employed, and independent contractors...

EDD Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Info Updated

EDD will begin accepting online applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program on Tuesday, April 28. This program is designed to help unemployed...

Economic Impact Payment Roundup

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have developed several tools designed to assist certain taxpayers and non-filers in ensuring that...

IR-2020-72: IRS unveil online application to help with EIPs

The Treasury Department and the IRS unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers know when they will receive their Economic Impact Payment (EIP) and...

New IRS Tool Helps Non-Filers Register for Economic Impact Payments

On April 10, the Treasury Department and IRS launched a new free and easy online tool that enables those who don’t normally file a tax return, or have too little income to file...


On April 10, the Treasury Department and IRS launched a new free and easy online tool that enables those who don’t normally file a tax return, or have too little income to file...

Notice 2020-23: Additional Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus

The most recent guidance issued by the IRS extends a variety of tax filings and payment obligations to the July 15 deadline. This includes...

Is Tax Preparation an Essential Business?

Many members have contacted CSEA about whether or not Enrolled Agents with offices and staff are considered an essential business...

CSEA Launches COVID-19 Resources for Tax Pros

The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented challenge for the tax community. Not only are we faced with the need to pivot our tax practices

IRS FAQ: COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave

The FFCRA requires employers to provide paid leave through two separate provisions: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

IR-2020-64: IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams

The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

IR-2020-62: Employee Retention Credit Information

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll.

New page for Operations During COVID-19 is Live

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues, the Internal Revenue Service is taking multiple steps to protect our employees, America's taxpayers and our partners...

Mnuchin Extends Payment Deadlines as Part of COVID-19 Response

In a press conference this morning, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin extended the payment deadline as part of the federal government’s COVID-19 response. The measure...

C Corp and S Corp Extension Eligibility Confirmed

In a March 13 press release, the FTB announced that taxpayers affected by COVID-19 would be granted an extension for filing 2019 California tax returns and upcoming...

Franchise Tax Board Extends Filing and Payment Deadlines to June 15, 2020

The FTB has issued a press release extending tax filing and payment deadlines that occur between March 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020. The new filing and payment deadline is...

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Santa Ana

Optima Tax Relief is looking to hire an Enrolled Agent with at least 5 years of tax resolution experience, to work directly with our CEO, and help build out the company!

2020 Legislative Session Bill Review

The deadline to introduce new bills for consideration during the 2020 legislation session was February 21...

It’s Not Too Late to Help Your Clients Avoid the CA Healthcare Penalty

Health insurance may not be something you normally discuss with your clients at tax time, but it should be, now that the state...

Do You Have Questions About AB 5?

EAs have been trying to make sense of the many confusing circumstances that Dyanmex and AB 5 have created for California taxpayers...

Tax Planning Guides and Refund Information Publications

Find useful talking points for clients in IRS Publication 5349, Year-Round Tax Planning is for Everyone. Also, take advantage of our customizable Client Tax Newsletter.

New IRS Outreach Connection

Do you need tax content to share with clients and colleagues in your social media posts, newsletters, and website? Visit IRS’ Outreach Connection

New Requirements for DE 4, 2020 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate

Starting in 2020, allowances are no longer included on the redesigned Form W-4 for PIT withholdings.

Individual Health Mandate Penalty Estimator

Beginning January 1, all California residents must either have qualifying health insurance coverage, obtain an exemption from the requirement, or pay a penalty when they file their state tax return.

Due Diligence Videos

Tax professionals can now view due diligence videos recorded at the 2019 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums.

Earned Income Tax Credit Q&A

Preparers who are paid to complete returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and certain other credits must meet due diligence requirements.

Revised Handbook for E-File Providers

Publication 1345, Handbook for Authorized IRS e-file Providers of Individual Income Tax Returns, has been updated.

One-Stop-Shop for Identity Theft Protection

IRS' new Identity Theft Central is a streamlined site for information about how individuals, businesses and tax professionals can protect themselves from ID theft and scams.

Mary Philippsen, EA Talks Taxes on FOX40

Sacramento Valley Chapter President Mary Philippsen, EA recently appeared on FOX40 Live to share details of Tax Answer Day (also known as Tax Help Day), held on January 25.

Donated Medicinal Cannabis is Exempt from Certain Taxes

Beginning March 1, cannabis retailers may donate free medicinal cannabis to medicinal cannabis patients without payment of certain taxes.

Reporting Phishing and Online Scams

This tax season, remind your clients that the IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

Bylaws Changes Approved by Membership

President Joyce Cheng has announced that CSEA Members approved the proposed changes to the Bylaws. She thanked all those who participated in the voting process.

CSEA Opposes AB 1140

Although EAs are exempt from the requirements of AB 1140, the Legislative Affairs Committee is preparing a letter of opposition to Assemblymember Mark Stone's office and the Legislature. The Legislative Affairs Committee feels that the bill adversely

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Napa Area

A large practice in Napa is in need of an Enrolled Agent, to help with taxes, client services and reporesentation. New EA welcome. Will train.

Tax Practice for Sale - Blythe, CA

Tax practice for sale in Blythe, California - $150,000. About 40% Minister, Individual; 40% Corporations, Partnerships, Trusts; and 20% Non-Profit Entities. Will carry for the right buyer.

Help Wanted - Staff Accountant/Preparer - Sacramento Area

Busy tax and accounting firm in the Sacramento area is looking for a full-time, year-round staff accountant/preparer. We are seeking an EA with an accounting background, familiar with tax-basis financial statement preparation and payroll processing.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Pro Plus New EA - North County San Diego

Rare openings at a busy/diverse tax office for two positions: 1st - Experienced tax professional to prepare individual and corporate taxes; 2nd - Paid internship for a new EA.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent or EA Candidate - Roseville

Local Roseville tax office looking for full-time Enrolled Agent or EA candidate. Working client list already in place. 400-600 clients depending on ability. Primarily individual, California-based tax returns.

IRS Gets Input from Practitioners at IMRS Meeting

At the November 1 IRS Area 5 Issue Management Resolution System (IMRS) meeting, the Stakeholder Liaison requested feedback from practitioners in order to help resolve systemic issues with federal tax policies, practices or procedures.

Help Wanted - Seasonal Tax Preparer - Burlingame

Small Burlingame CPA firm seeks Tax Preparer for the upcoming season, Feb. - April 2020. Preparation of individual and trust federal and state tax returns. Full-time and part-time hours available. Knowledge of Lacerte and UltraTax a plus.

Help Wanted - Seasonal Tax Preparer - Sun Valley / Burbank

Tax and Financial Services firm is looking for an EA or CTEC registered tax preparer to prepare up to 100 returns during filing season. Familiarity with Lacerte is a plus.

Help Wanted - Experienced Tax Professional - Carson, CA

Seeking tax professional with 10+ years of experience; skilled in using Lacerte; & excellent communication skills for face-to-face client interviews. Private firm with 60 years of history in Carson, CA.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Napa

Small super-busy firm needs a part-time / full-time Enrolled Agent for taxes and help with representation in Napa, CA.

Your Client’s 1099 Should Have Been a W-2

Using Form 8919 has saved employees thousands of dollars, while protecting their Social Security records and their tax status ... though it does take a little finesse to use this form and this strategy.

Help Wanted - Tax Preparer - Elk Grove

Well-established CPA firm seeks a tax preparer to help with the upcoming tax season. Seasonal part-time available. Job entails preparing tax returns for individuals from information dropped off/uploaded/mailed in by clients.

Independent Contracting - How Dynamex Impacts You and Your Clients

Many are aware that independent contracting laws were changed in April of 2018 when the California Supreme Court decided in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Supreme Court of Los Angeles to create a new standard for classifying...

In Memoriam – Salvador “Sal” Romo, Jr., EA

CSEA is sad to inform you that long-time Member and CSEA Past President Salvador “Sal” Romo, Jr., EA passed away on September 30.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent or CPA - Gilroy

Small CPA firm located in Gilroy, CA is looking for an Enrolled Agent or CPA to work during tax season from February 1st through April 15th. Duties will include tax preparation and review. Candidate must be organized.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Placerville Area

Looking to partner with an experienced EA in the Placerville area. Ideal candidate specializes in business tax returns and understands financial statements.

New Data Security Checkbox on PTIN Renewal

The IRS Return Preparer Office sent a data security message to all registered PTIN holders the week of September 23, 2019, regarding the new data security responsibilities statement and checkbox for PTIN renewals.

Marketplace Facilitator Act Update

Per CDTFA, marketplace sellers that sell tangible merchandise through a marketplace such as an Internet website may not be responsible for the sales or use tax on those sales.

IRS EA Logo Available for Download

The IRS announced this week that the Enrolled Agent logo, which was revised in May 2018, is now available for download in black/white and color versions.

New Online Tax Guide for Local and District Taxes

CDTFA’s new online Local and District Tax Guide for Retailers helps retailers properly to allocate local tax and determine how district taxes apply to their business transactions.

CSEA Earns Huge Legislative Victory

CSEA is happy to report that an EA exemption to Dynamex has been amended into AB 5!

FTB September 2019 Tax News

FTB's September 2019 Tax News helps you stay ahead of the curve on issues that affect you and your clients.

California’s Individual Health Care Mandate

California’s new state individual health care mandate takes effect on January 1, 2020, and requires Californians to have qualifying health insurance coverage throughout the year.

New Procedures for Certain Expatriates to Come into Tax Compliance

The IRS has announced new procedures enabling certain individuals who relinquished their U.S. citizenship to come into compliance with their U.S. tax and filing obligations and receive relief for back taxes.

Temporary Exclusion from the Passport Certification Program for TAS Cases

The IRS recently agreed to temporarily exclude taxpayers with open Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) cases from passport certification and to reverse certifications for TAS taxpayers who were certified before coming to TAS.

Know the Signs of a Data Breach

To protect your clients and your tax practice, learn the tell-tale signs that your office may have experienced a data theft.

Philip Levine, EA Speaks Up for Enrolled Agents

After reading an article on taxation in The Mercury News that omitted to mention Enrolled Agents, Mission Society Director Philip Levine, EA, MBA wrote to the author to promote the EA profession.

Always on Watch - Final Suspense File Bills

This year, two bills that we are tracking have been put on suspense file, which is where bills costing more than $150,000 are kept while leadership determines the bills’ costs and priority level for the majority party.

Final and Proposed Regulations on New 100 Percent Depreciation

The Treasury Department and the IRS have released final regulations and additional proposed regulations under IRC § 168(k) on the new 100 percent additional first year depreciation deduction.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent or CPA - Gilroy

Small CPA firm located in Gilroy, CA is looking for an Enrolled Agent or CPA to work during tax season from February 1st through April 15th. Duties will include tax preparation and review. Candidate must be organized.

CSEA - NAEA Affiliation Status

CSEA President Joyce Cheng, EA discusses the reasons behind this decision and why Members should support both organizations going forward.

Promoting EAs at the 2019 Diwali Festival of Lights

Mission Society of Enrolled Agents (MSEA) will be hosting a booth at the Diwali Festival in Cupertino on October 12 to promote the expertise of Enrolled Agents.

Office Space for Lease - North OC

1 or 2 professional offices available for lease in North Orange County. Approximately 12x12. Includes receptionist support, utilities, internet, VoIP telephone system, as well as possible access to tax and accounting software.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Palo Alto

Small firm seeking experienced EA with knowledge of individual and business returns. Flexible hours. Knowledge of UltraTax and QuickBooks preferred. Send resume with references to

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Irvine

Applied Financial Planning, Inc. is seeking an EA with 2+ years of experience. Corporate & Trust returns a plus. Position is seasonal, FT, 40-50 hours per week, Monday through Friday and often on Saturdays, during the months of January through April.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent or CPA - Gilroy

Small CPA firm located in Gilroy, CA is looking for an Enrolled Agent or CPA to work during tax season from February 1st through April 15th. Duties will include tax preparation and review. Candidate must be organized.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - San Diego

Established tax and accounting firm seeking full time EA. Candidates must have 3 to 5 years of experience with individual and corporate tax preparation. Working knowledge of taxation is a must. Bachelor’s degree.

Help Wanted - Two Tax Professionals - Sacramento

California Tax Boutique is searching for two tax professionals for our insanely busy practice. You should have experience with business and personal returns. We have one year-round position and one tax-season position available.

Super Seminar 2019 Photo Album

Super Seminar 2019 provided great opportunites for learning, networking and fun!

Help Wanted - CPA or EA - Goleta

Walpole is a successful full-service CPA firm with over 40 team members. We are looking for a CPA or EA to review, prepare, and file moderate to highly complex returns.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent or CTEC - Oakland

Equity position available. Small Oakland firm has older EAs who are looking to retire soon. We are looking for an EA (or CTEC working on their EA) to take over the business in the next few years. Terms are very negotiable.

Warm Thanks to Super Seminar 2019 Volunteers

CSEA thanks all of the volunteers and any others who may have jumped in to help make Super Seminar 2019 a huge success.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - San Diego

Established tax and accounting firm seeking full time EA. Candidates must have 3 to 5 years of experience with individual and corporate tax preparation. Working knowledge of taxation is a must. Bachelor’s degree.

Help Wanted - CPA or EA - Chico

Wanted full time CPA or EA with 3-5 years of experience in bookkeeping and tax, to work in Chico, CA. Must be familiar with QuickBooks, Lacerte or UltraTax. Salary and benefits based on experience.

Help Wanted - Sales Associate

Spidell Publishing is looking for a Sales Associate to add to our team. This individual will be responsible for supporting the overall sales efforts of the company, which include travel to live seminars by Spidell and others.

Practice for Sale - Palm Springs Area

Selling Palm Springs area tax practice servicing 375 individual and 15 business tax returns grossing approximately $90,000/year.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent or EA Candidate - Sacramento Area

Year-round tax office looking for an EA or EA candidate for processing of 300-400 1040 tax returns. UltraTax & Quickbooks experience preferred. Please provide references and compensation with your resume. Email to

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agent - Tracy

Small family office of 35+ years with CFP, CHFC professional seeks an experienced EA to join the team. Our business model is full financial planning including taxes, insurance, and investments, specializing in retirement.

Help Wanted - Enrolled Agents - San Diego

Busy North County San Diego CPA firm seeks full time seasonal EAs to prepare Corporate, 1041s and 1040 returns during the upcoming 2020 season. Knowledge of Lacerte a plus. Flexible hours and excellent work space.


Enrolled Agents are America’s Tax Experts. We are federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in tax preparation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. If you get a letter from the IRS, or worse, are audited or are the target of a collection action, your EA can speak directly to the IRS on your behalf.

Enrolled Agents are trained in a wide variety of tax situations, both common and unusual. With tax laws changing yearly, it’s more critical than ever to consult with a qualified tax specialist on your tax and financial strategy. The Enrolled Agent license is the highest credential the IRS issues. Be confident about your tax return – use an Enrolled Agent.

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WINNER! Norman M. Golden, EA - "EA of the Year"

At the recent California Society of Enrolled Agents Grand Banquet awards and installation dinner, GGSEA member, Norman Golden, EA, was named "EA of the Year"!
Norman is a Past President of GGSEA, Past President of CSEA, and this is his SECOND time winning "EA of the Year"!
Congrats Norm!


Golden Gate’s monthly membership dinner meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of the month. No member meeting is held in April due to tax season deadlines.

Registration/Hospitality generally begins at 6:00 PM.
Dinner Service at 6:45 and the Education Program at 7:30,
Timing of individual meetings, however, may differ slightly due to increased CE hours or additional agenda items such as membership voting.

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Be sure to register early to avoid a late charge.

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