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IRS PTIN Requirements 

New IRS regulations require all paid Tax Return Preparers (including attorneys, CPAs, and Enrolled Agents) to apply for a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) before preparing any federal tax returns. 

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PTINs expire every year on December 31st.  Click here to renew your PTIN.  

As of Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has enjoined the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing the regulatory requirements for registered tax return preparers. In accordance with this order, tax return preparers covered by this program are not currently required to register with the IRS, to complete competency testing or secure continuing education. The ruling does not affect the regulatory practice requirements for CPAs, attorneys, enrolled agents, enrolled retirement plan agents or enrolled actuaries.

The Internal Revenue Service, working with the Department of Justice, continues to have confidence in the scope of its authority to administer this program. It is considering how best to address the court’s order and will take further action shortly.