IRS Reboots PTINs

June 16, 2017

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The IRS has announced it will make preparer tax identification numbers (PTINs) available as it decides how to address a court decision this month that put a halt to PTIN fees.

On June 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Internal Revenue Service’s authority to require the use of a PTIN, but enjoined the IRS from charging a user fee for the issuance and renewal of PTINs. As a result of this order, PTIN registration and renewal was suspended on June 2.

The IRS, working with the Department of Justice, is still considering how to proceed, but will make PTINs available while deciding how to address the court order. The IRS is resuming the issuance of PTINS, without charge, on June 21, 2017. The agency promised to post additional information on its Tax Pros page as it becomes available.

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