Tax Professionals: Remember To Renew Your PTIN

By WebCE
Sep 17, 2019

FAQs About PTIN Renewal Tax Professionals: Remember To Renew Your PTIN

Renewing your PTIN is an integral step to ensuring you can prepare taxes for your clients in the upcoming tax season. However, it is something that can be easily forgotten as the end of year becomes busy. Here are our FAQs on PTIN renewal to answer your questions as PTIN renewal season approaches.

What does PTIN stand for?

Preparer Tax Identification Number

Who needs a PTIN?

Anyone who prepares or assists in preparing federal tax returns for compensation. This could include, but is not limited to, enrolled agents, tax preparers, CPAs, and active attorneys. PTINs cannot be shared in an office; every individual must obtain their own.

How much does a PTIN cost?

Obtaining or renewing a PTIN is free of charge.

How do I obtain a PTIN?

If you do not have a PTIN and need to obtain one, you can apply for one on the IRS website. You can also apply for a PTIN by mail, which will take between 4-6 weeks to be approved.

How do I renew my PTIN?

Renew your PTIN in three steps on the IRS website:

  1. Access Your Account
  2. Verify Your Information
  3. Receive Confirmation
How often do I renew my PTIN?

Annually. PTIN renewal begins in October and ends in December.

Where do I find my PTIN?

You can visit the IRS Tax Professional PTIN System and log in to view your PTIN.

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