Category: General FAQ
Applying For A PTIN
Starting Jan. 1, 2011, the use of a Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN, became mandatory on all federal tax returns and claims for a refund prepared by a paid tax preparer. The PTIN is a nine-digit number that preparers must use when they prepare all or substantially all of any federal tax return or claim for refund.
Paid preparers must now apply for a new PTIN or renew their existing PTIN through the new online sign-up system on www.irs.gov. Any preparer who obtained a PTIN prior to the new sign-up system launch on Sept. 28, 2010, must apply again. Generally, preparers with existing PTINs will be permitted to retain their existing numbers if the information they provide during the sign-up process matches what the IRS currently has on file.
The IRS has also released Form W-12 that can be used if you choose to apply for a PTIN by mail. Form W-12 replaces Form W-7P. You should allow four to six weeks to receive your PTIN by mail.
To view Frequently Asked Questions concerning the use of a PTIN, select the links below.