Editing Paid Preparer Phone NumberFigure 3.11.14-45 shows an example of edit of the paid preparer phone number when the preparer's phone number is illegible, or less than 10 digits as described above. Pictured is the bottom quarter of Form 1041, page 1. The graphic illustrates the filer checked the YES box for the paid preparer check box containing the statement May the IRS discuss this return with the preparer shown below (see instructions). The telephone number is circled because it doesn't have 10 digits.Underneath the graphic is text that reads If the paid preparer's phone number is illegible or less than 10 digits, circle the incomplete or illegible telephone number.