The IRS has released information from the Return Preparer office detailing the professional credentials of all PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) holders.
Almost 700,000 people have PTINs. They are required for all paid tax preparers but CPAs are, by far, the largest professional group among with PTINs. Following are Enrolled Agents and attorneys.
Since 2010, the IRS has cumulatively issued PTINs to 952,391 individuals. Below are the credentials as of 10/2/2013 provided by the IRS.
Number of Individuals with Current Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) for 2013†
Certified Public Accountants
Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents
† Cumulative number of individuals issued PTINs since 9/28/2010: 952,391
‡ Some preparers have multiple professional credentials.
* These numbers do not include attorneys, certified public accountants, or enrolled agents. Also, preparers may be both supervised and non-1040 filers.