REGIONALLY INFORMATIONAL CENTER OF ADVOCACY SERVICE COMPANY (RICA) is a full service tax preparation, accounting, tax-planning and paralegal firm. For almost ten years, directly and indirectly, we have been dealing with financial, legal and taxes issues. We have been providing such services for individuals, small businesses, corporations, partnerships, trusts and estates. Our Paralegals, Enrolled Agents and Registered Tax Return Preparers can deal directly with Certified Public Accountants as well as Attorneys to meet all of your needs.
- Paralegal - is a person trained to handle a legal matters under the attorney’s supervision without providing legal advice. A paralegal can also fill in the blanks of a standard form or contract.
- Enrolled Agents (EAs) - are the Tax Experts. Enrolled Agents are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have the unlimited rights and the same power as attorneys to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Only Enrolled Agents are required to demonstrate to the IRS their competence in all areas of taxation and representation. Unlike attorneys and Certified Public Accountants, who are state licensed, who may or may not choose to specialize in taxes and who may not have practical experience with tax issues, Enrolled Agents do have an educational and working knowledge in taxes.
- Registered Tax Return Preparers (RTRP) -are individuals who have only limited representation rights. Such individuals are limited to preparing and signing tax returns, refund claims and other documents for submission to the IRS. Therefore, RTRP may represent clients during an IRS examination, but only the persons for whom he/she prepared the tax return (no appeal representation is allowed here).
- Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s) - are the statutory title of qualified accountants in the United States who have passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and have met additional state education and experience requirements for certification as Certified Public Accountants. CPAs can do the following services: accounting for corporations, financial auditing, and representing clients to the IRS. However, the IRS representations are limited: a CPA can only represent clients in the state where he/she is licensed.
- Attorneys/Tax Attorneys – are attorneys who have a Juris Doctor, J.D., degree and have been admitted to the state bar for practicing law. Therefore, most Tax Attorneys have advanced training in tax law and/or have a master of laws in taxation degree and/or are Certified Public Accountants (CPA's).Again, the IRS representations are limited here; the Tax Attorney can only represent clients in the state where he/she is licensed.