Tagged: PTIN

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IRS Contacts Tax Professionals Promoting Annual Filing Season Program

Washington D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service has begun contacting individual tax professionals that are PTIN holders to inform them about and promote the new annual filing season program (AFSP).  The IRS is providing information regarding the AFSP program and encouraging non-exempt tax professionals[1] to attain a certificate of completion in the program. Professionals who have active tax identification numbers have...

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All Tax Preparers Still Must Have a PTIN

Many people who prepare tax returns have questioned whether they are required to register for a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), particularly after the Loving case in which the IRS’s RTRP regulations were called into question by the D.C. circuit.[1] Notwithstanding the limitations on the RTRP testing and continuing education requirements imposed by the court in Loving, the IRS’s authority...

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Can I Avoid the PTIN Requirement If I Don’t Sign Tax Returns I Prepare?

The IRS foresaw that some tax professionals would attempt to avoid the PTIN registration requirements by failing to sign as the preparer on the tax returns they prepare.  The IRS sent out over one hundred thousand letters starting in 2011 to tax return preparers it discovered had failed to register for a PTIN informing such preparers of this obligation.[1] The...

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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. The process for obtaining a new PTIN online is as follows: 1. Use the IRS’ online PTIN sign-up system to create a new account with...