Renewing or Applying for a PTIN
- PTIN System is Ready to Accept Applications for 2014
- PTIN Application and Renewal
- Online PTIN Accounts
The Internal Revenue Service is reminding the nation’s almost 690,000 federal tax return preparers that they must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) for 2014. All current PTINs will expire on Dec. 31, 2013.
All paid tax return preparers (including attorneys, CPAs, and enrolled agents) are required to obtain a PTIN. If you already have a PTIN, you must renew it annually. As long as the IRS can validate the ownership of the existing PTIN, the same number will be reassigned once the appropriate information is provided and the user fee is paid. The PTIN renewal fee for 2014 is $63. The initial application fee for a PTIN remains at $64.50.
It only takes about 15 minutes to sign up online and receive your PTIN. To learn more about the online PTIN registration process you can view the IRS Webinar, Demonstration of IRS Tax Professional PTIN Sign-Up System.
If you opt to use the paper application, Form W-12, IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) Application, it will take 4-6 weeks to process.
Note: Tax preparers must create a new PTIN account even if they already use e-Services. A PTIN account is separate from an e-Services account.
The IRS Return Preparer Office has made improvements to your online PTIN Account to expand its function.
- "Manage My Account" is fully functional allowing you to self-correct almost any field at any time (including professional credentials). Previously, users could only make most changes during renewal. A phone call was required to make changes during the rest of the year. However, for security reasons, name changes will still require written documentation.
- You can now view completed continuing education programs reported by IRS-approved providers beginning with 2013 courses. Providers report completed CE programs to the IRS based on your PTIN number every quarter. Enrolled agents must have a minimum of 16 CE hours annually and a total of 72 hours over 3 years. Others can also view voluntary programs completed. If something is missing, contact your provider directly as we only display what providers send to us.
- Planning to take a year off for any reason? A new function allows you to inactivate your PTIN voluntarily and then reactivate the same number when you return to work. This is only for those of you who plan to take a full year off. If you are paid to prepare tax returns during any part of a year, you must have a valid PTIN.
- Messaging ability is being enhanced. PTIN holders will receive more secure email messages in the future coming directly from TaxPro_PTIN@irs.gov.