General Instructions

Purpose of Form

Use this form to apply for or renew a PTIN.

Use and Availability of Information on This Form

The Freedom of Information Act requires that certain information from this application be made available to the general public. This includes, but may not be limited to, the following information: 

  • Name

  • Business Name

  • Business Address

  • Business Phone Number

  • Business Website Address

  • Email Address

  • Professional Credentials

Who Must File

Anyone who is a paid tax return preparer must apply for and receive a PTIN. Enrolled agents also must obtain a PTIN. The PTIN must be renewed annually. A tax return preparer is any individual who is compensated for preparing, or assisting in the preparation of all or substantially all of a tax return or claim for refund of tax.

How to File

Online.   Go to the webpage for information. Follow the instructions to submit Form W-12 and pay the fee. If you submit your application online, your PTIN generally will be provided to you immediately after you complete the application and pay the required fee.

By mail.   Complete Form W-12. Send the form along with a check or money order for the fee to:


IRS Tax Pro PTIN Processing Center 
104 Brookeridge Drive #5000 
Waterloo, IA 50702

  If you submit your application using a paper Form W-12, it may take 4 to 6 weeks for the IRS to process your application and for you to receive your PTIN.

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