Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) Requirements for Tax Return Preparers
PTIN Open Season
Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) applications and renewals for 2016 are now being processed. Renew or register your PTIN for 2016 by December 31st, 2016.
Applying for a PTIN.
Beginning in January 1, 2011, the IRS mandated that all paid preparers, i.e., anyone who prepares or assists in preparing federal tax returns for compensation, must have a valid 2016 Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) before preparing returns. All Enrolled Agents (EAs) must also have a PTIN. You can sign up for your PTIN online or by paper application. The online system allows you to sign-up and renew your Preparer Tax identification Number (PTIN), keep your account current, view your continuing education credits, and receive communications from the IRS Return Preparer Office. Your PTIN must be renewed each year after October 15th.
Do you want to be included in the Public Directory of return preparers or desire limited representation rights for your clients? Go to: http://irs.treasury.gov/rpo/rpo.jsf Also, check out the Annual Filing Season Program which recognizes the efforts of non-credentialed return preparers who aspire to a higher level of professionalism. https://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Annual-Filing-Season-Program
Don't have a PTIN and need to obtain one?
Most first time PTIN applicants can pbtain a PTIN online in about 15 minutes. Go to: https://rpr.irs.gov/datamart/login.do The fee is $50.00.
View the checklist to get started: https://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/PTIN-Application-Checklist:-What-you-need-to-get-started
PTIN Application Checklist: What you need to get started?
Before you begin your PTIN application, be sure you have the following available:
Once you gather all of your information, just follow four easy steps to obtain your PTIN:
Note: All PTIN correspondence is delivered through secure online messaging in your PTIN account. Use the most up-to-date email address when obtaining your PTIN to ensure that you receive our messages.
1 Tax return information is required to authenticate your identity. If you filed your tax return in the past 8 weeks, please use a previous year’s individual tax return.
2 Felony convictions and discrepancies with your federal tax obligations may affect your ability to obtain a PTIN
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 30-Oct-201
Already have a PTIN and need to renew it?
Renew your PTIN in 3 easy steps:
1. Access Your Account
If you already have an online PTIN account, login now. https://rpr.irs.gov/datamart/mainMenuUSIRS.do
2. Renew Your PTIN
Complete the online renewal application. You must verify your personal information and answer a few new questions. View a checklist at: http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/PTIN-Renewal-Checklist:-What-you-need-to-get-started of what you need before you get started.
3. Pay Your Fee
Pay the $50.00 renewal fee via credit card or direct debit.
Prefer to apply or renew by paper?
It only takes about 15 minutes to apply for or renew your PTIN online. But if you prefer to use the paper option, Form W-12, IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) Application. Go to: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw12.pdf For more information on completing Form W-12, view instructions at: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/iw12.pdf
Students who wish to file using Form W-12 should allow 4-6 weeks processing time and send the form along with a check or money order with the fee of $50.00 to:
IRS Tax Pro PTIN Processing Center 104
Brookeridge Drive #5000
Waterloo, IA 50702
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