How do I get a PTIN?
An individual who prepares tax returns must register with the IRS to obtain a PTIN prior to filing another person’s tax return. This requirement cannot be avoided by failing to sign the tax return you prepare.
1. Use the IRS’ online PTIN sign-up system to create a new account with the IRS. You should note that the account created here is different from the IRS e-services accounts.
2. Log in to your newly created account and select the “PTIN Sign-Up” link. Complete the online application for a PTIN. Check the IRS list of information that you will need to complete the application.
3. Upon completing the application, you will be sent to the online payment system to pay your $64.25 registration fee. Payments can be made with either a credit or debit card
4. Upon confirmation of payment, you will be issued your new 8-digit PTIN number online (example: P12345678).
Alternatively, Paid preparers may also obtain a PTIN by completing a form W-12, and mailing it in with the fee to the relevant IRS office indicated on that form.
How much does it cost to register for a PTIN?
The cost for a new PTIN registration is $64.25 and then it’s $63.00 to renew each year. The cost is the same for both online and paper registration. Once you’ve obtained your PTIN, you must use this PTIN as your identification number when preparing income tax returns professionally. Tax return preparers are no longer allowed to use their Social Security Number (SSN) when identifying themselves on tax returns or claims for refunds.