PTIN Requirements for Tax Return Preparers
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Preparer tax identification number (PTIN) applications and renewals for 2013 may still be submitted. PTIN requirements were not affected by recent litigation.
Anyone who prepares or assists in preparing federal tax returns for compensation must have a valid 2013 PTIN before preparing returns. All enrolled agents must also have a PTIN.
Renew your PTIN in 3 easy steps:
1. Access Your Account
If you already have an online PTIN account, login now.
2. Renew Your PTIN
Complete the online renewal application. You must verify your personal information and answer a few new questions. View a checklist of what you need before you get started.
3. Pay Your Fee
Pay the $63.00 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, it will take 4-6 weeks to process.