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PTIN Requirements for Tax Return Preparers

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Preparer tax identification number (PTIN) applications and renewals for 2016 are still being processed.

Anyone who prepares or assists in preparing federal tax returns for compensation must have a valid 2016 PTIN before preparing returns. All enrolled agents must also have a PTIN.

Do you want to be included in the Public Directory of return preparers or desire limited representation rights for your clients? Check out the Annual Filing Season Program which recognizes the efforts of non-credentialed return preparers who aspire to a higher level of professionalism.


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 $50.00 renewal fee via credit card or direct debit.

Don't have a PTIN and need to obtain one?
Most first-time PTIN applicants can obtain a PTIN online in about 15 minutes. The fee is $50.00. View this checklist to get started.

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. For more information on completing Form W-12, view instructions.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 01-Jan-2016