About our Firm
Since 1986, our firm, which consists of some of the most experienced Tax Consultants in Texas, has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and bookkeeping services to extensive IRS tax problem resolution and representation and representation for our clients.
On July 1, 2003, REDD & GREAVES, P.C. (RG, P.C.) was formed by merger to continue, diversify and strengthen the tax controversy practice. The merger joined Collis’ expertise in tax controversy & administrative tax law procedure with Joy and Janet’s knowledge and experience in bookkeeping, computerized bookkeeping systems, as well as, tax preparation under one roof and one practice. Mr. Redd is President and Managing “Partner” (Shareholder) of RG, P.C. where he leads, guides and directs the firm in excellence of practice.
Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients’ needs, thorough research, and sound analysis. Our firm, which specializes in Tax help, is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism.
What is an EA (Enrolled Agent)?
An Enrolled Agent (EA) is a Federally Authorized Tax Pracitioner who has technical expertise in the field of taxation and who is empowered by the U.S. Department of Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the IRS for audits, collections, and appeals.
“Enrolled” means EA’s are licensed to practice by the federal government. “Agent” means EA’s are authorized to appear in place of the taxpayer at the IRS. Only EA’s, attorneys, and CPA’s may represent taxpayers before the IRS. The Enrolled Agent profession dates back to 1884 when, after questionable claims had been presented for Civil War losses, Congress acted to regulate persons who represented citizens in their dealings with the Treasury Department.
EA’s advise, represent, and prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, and any entities with tax reporting requirements. EA’s prepare millions of tax returns each year. Enrolled Agents’ expertise in the continually changing field of taxation enables them to effectively represent taxpayers audited by the IRS, as well as, deal with IRS Collection Division on behalf of taxpayers.
Only Enrolled Agents are required to demonstrate to the IRS their competence in matters of taxation before they may represent a taxpayer before the IRS. Unlike attorneys and CPA’s, who may or may not choose to specialize in taxes, all EA’s specialize in taxation. EA’s are the only taxpayer representatives who receive their right to practice from the U.S. government. (CPA’s and attorneys are licensed by the states.) The EA’s Federal license allows them to represent taxpayers in any state in the U.S. and its territories.
In addition to the stringent testing and application process, EA’s are required to complete 72 hours of continuing professional education, reported every 3 years, to maintain their status. Because of the difficulty in becoming an Enrolled Agent and keeping up the required credentials, there are no more than 30,000 active EA’s in the United States.
EA’s are required to abide by the provisions of the U.S. Treasury Department Circular 230. EA’s found to be in violation of the provisions contained in Circular 230 may be suspended or disbarred.
Our Team of Specialists
In 1978, Collis graduated from Houston Baptist University with Bachelor of Science in Accounting and was honored as Outstanding Student by the Texas Society of CPAs Houston Chapter, continued his studies toward a Masters in Business Administration and rose to the level of Tax Manager and Partner-in-Training in the CPA firm, in which he interfaced with clients with regard to their tax problems and supervised a staff of tax accountants in the areas of tax compliance (tax return preparation) and controversy (representation of Taxpayers).
In August of 1984, Mr. Redd joined at the time, the Nation's largest tax specialty law firm in the Tax Litigation Division where he was primarily involved with federal tax audit, controversy and litigation matters of individuals, partnerships, and corporations.
Upon leaving the law firm, Redd and Company was formed for the exclusive purpose of tax practice and Taxpayer representation adding emphasis in the resolution of collection matters before the IRS, including bankruptcy aspects. In all, Collis has over 20 years in practice before the Internal Revenue Servicein all administrative levels an Tax Court and improves his knowledge of how to deal with the IRS through many hours of Continuing Professional Education each year. On July 1, 2003, Redd, Hudman, & Greaves, P.C. (RHG, P.C.) was formed by merger to continue, diversify and strengthen the tax controversy practice. Mr. Redd is President and Managing "Partner" (Shareholder) of RHG, P.C. where he leads, guides and directs the firm in excellence of practice. On January 1, 2008, the Firm changed its name to Redd & Greaves, P.C.
Additionally, he is an Instructor in the EA Review Course at Rice University, where he teaches students how to pass the grueling two-day exam in all areas of administrative tax law to become EAs and carry the designation of Tax Expert ("EA") from the U.S. Treasury Department. Also, Collis is a regular on the Houston Chronicle Annual Tax Hotline, as well as, an occasional speaker on tax controversy issues at professional society meetings. He is past Chairman and currently a member of the IRS/TAX PRACTITIONER STUDY GROUP for the Houston Area and is a member of the TAX ALLIANCE CONFERENCE Committee.
Mr. Redd is admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service in all areas of administrative tax law. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including, the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), Texas Society of Enrolled Agents (TxSEA) and The Greater Houston Chapter of TxSEA. He has served on the Board of Directors of the latter two organizations and was the Chairman of the 1997 State Convention for TxSEA, as well as, CPE Chariman for NAEA for the 1999 and 2000 Conventions. During 2004 thru 2006, he served two years as 1st VP of the Houston Chapter of TxSEA and served as Education Chair for TxSEA. Mr. Redd is a member of the American Academy of Tax Practice and an elite group of tax practitioners from the around the Nation known as the ADVOCATES. In 2005, he became a graduate fellow of the esteemed National Tax Practice Institute in Washington, D.C. Also, in 2005 Mr. Redd received the coveted Charles Goodnight Award for excellence in Education. In 2002, Mr. Redd co-authored the book, 21st Century Tax Strategies and Structures.
Janet Greaves became an Enrolled Agent after passing the EA exam in 2004. Prior to passing the EA exam, she co-owned and operated a bookkeeping and tax business for 20 years. After working in all the departments of a bank for 4 years, she went to work for a private CPA firm in Friendswood, Texas for 5 years. She attended Alvin Community College, San Jacinto College and the University of Houston working toward an accounting degree. Ms. Greaves prepares corporate, partnership, individual and non-profit tax returns in addition to being a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
In 2007 Ms. Greaves, after a three year curriculum, achieved Fellowship from the National Tax Practice Institute in Washington, D.C. This furthered her qualifications to practice administrative tax law and expanded her knowledge of tax controversy.
In 2006 Ms. Greaves co-wrote and presented, “Teaching EA(s) to be EA(s)” which was presented to the Texas Society of Enrolled Agents, The Greater Houston Chapter of Enrolled Agents, as well as, the New Mexico Society of Enrolled Agents. This course was a real time Offer In Compromise case of the Firm, used as a teaching tool for other tax professionals.
Currently, she is the Newsletter Editor for the Greater Houston Chapter of Enrolled Agents and was recently appointed to the Membership Committee of the Texas Society of Enrolled Agents, as well as, the National Association of Enrolled Agents Liaison for the 2005 IRS Nationwide Tax Forum. Additionally, Ms. Greaves is on the TxSEA Communication Committee and serves as an email, e-blast editor for the State of Texas membership. Most recently, she served on the 2008 TxSEA Convention Committee.