Information about PTIN registration from the IRS
1) Who needs a PTIN?
Anyone who gets paid to prepare (or assists in) preparing federal tax returns must have a current PTIN before preparing tax returns. Each tax preparer need their own PTIN – it cannot be shared. Enrolled agents must also have a PTIN.
2) How do I apply for a PTIN?
You can obtain a PTIN online by going to the IRS website: www.irs.gov/PTIN it only takes about 15 minutes to apply The fee is $50.00. Generally, your PTIN will be provided to you immediately once you complete the application and pay the fee.
Here is what you should have ready before you apply:
- Your name and mailing address.
- Business name and mailing address
- Credit card or debit card to pay for the PTIN fee of $50
- Noncompliance with tax laws in the past or felony convictions may affect your ability to get a PTIN so have explanations available if this applies.
- If applicable (it is not a requirement), your professional credentials.
3) When do I register for a PTIN?
A PTIN needs to be renewed every year. They expire by Dec. 31, so renew or register for a PTIN early enough to have a new and valid PTIN before Jan. 1.