Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) System Announcement

Practitioner Email Group:

A new www.IRS.gov/taxpros page has also launched along with other pages providing instructions and a link to the registration system.  Extensive updates have been made to the FAQs, including a new section containing 6 scenarios to assist preparers in determining who needs a PTIN. 


As part of the outreach effort, a letter is being sent to the 1M+ preparers who currently have a PTIN.  A copy of this letter and the enclosed brochure are also attached.  The letters will be staggered over 8 weeks beginning 10/13 and ending 12/1. 

You must renew your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) for the 2011 filing season

The Internal Revenue Service is beginning a new oversight program to help regulate the tax preparation

industry. We believe this initiative will help ensure that taxpayers receive service from qualified professionals,

while strengthening the integrity of our tax system overall. Part of this oversight program includes assigning a

PTIN to all tax preparers through our new, online system. Although you already have a PTIN, you must renew

it if you’re still practicing as a paid tax preparer. Please renew your PTIN as soon as possible, but no later than

the date you prepare your first return in 2011.

Primary Toll Free: 877-613-7846    International Callers: +1-319-464-3272   TTY: 877-613-3686


What you need to do! • Renew your PTIN by using our online system at www.irs.gov/taxpros.

When you sign up, you’ll need to provide the following information:

— Your Social Security number and date of birth.

— The address and filing status from your most recent Form 1040 income tax return.

— Other identification numbers, such as an Employer Identification Number, CAF number, Electronic

Filing Identification Number, CPA, bar, or enrolled agent license number.

— Contact information, such as a permanent mailing address, physical business address, email address,

and telephone number.

— Credit or debit card number to pay a $64.25 annual user fee.

When you sign up, you’ll also need to answer the following questions:

— Are you in compliance with your federal tax obligations?

— Have you been convicted of a felony in the past 10 years?

If you have questions: For more information about sign-up and other requirements of the new program, refer

to the attached Publication 4889, New Rules for Federal Tax Return Preparers, or visit www.IRS.gov/taxpros.