Mission Statement

Our firm's mission is to help our clients achieve success by providing personalized attention and a commitment to service that addresses not only today's needs but tomorrow's plans. We aim to provide excellent service, placing a premium on timeliness, thoroughness and accuracy.


  Firm History

Ashland Tax & Business Services, Inc. has been helping individuals and businesses in and around Clay County, Alabama since 1986. Our staff includes three Enrolled Agents available year round. We currently have the only Enrolled Agents practicing in Clay County.


  Professional Associations and Memberships

National Society of Accountants (NSA)

National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP)

Authorized IRS e-File Provider


Enrolled Agents (EA)

What is an Enrolled Agent?

An Enrolled Agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled Agents, like attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs), are generally unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can practice before. In contrast, practice before the IRS is much more limited for other individuals such as unenrolled tax return preparers, family members, full time employees, partners, and corporate officers.

Our Enrolled Agents have demonstrated special competence in tax matters by passing a comprehensive written examination administered by the IRS, and have passed a background check with the Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, Enrolled Agents are required to maintain their skills by continuing education each year.

How is an 'Enrolled Agent' different from a 'Registered Tax Return Preparer'?

Both classifications are federal designations created by the Internal Revenue Service.

Being a 'Registered Tax Return Preparer' (aka RTRP) is the minimum standard required to be paid to prepare a tax return. RTRPs have to pass an IRS test establishing minimal competency. The test covers only individual income tax returns (Form 1040). They must adhere to ethical standards. They must also complete 15 hours of continuing education each year. RTRPs have limited practice rights before the IRS, which means they can represent clients in only certain circumstances.

Being an 'Enrolled Agent' (aka EA) is a much more stringent standard. EAs have passed a three-part, comprehensive IRS exam covering individual and business returns. They must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years. EA's have unlimited practice rights before the IRS, which means they can represent clients for any tax matter.


  Client Satisfaction

Our reputation is built upon a foundation of satisfied clients. Our goal is your complete satisfaction, nothing less. Whether we're preparing financial statements or tax returns, dealing with the IRS or providing any other assistance, we have your best interests in mind.