What you need to know about PTIN registration

PTIN Requirements for Tax Return Preparers

Preparer tax identification number (PTIN) applications and renewals for 2016 are now being processed.

Anyone who preparers or assists in preparing federal tax returns for compensation must have a valid 2016 PTIN before preparing returns. All enrolled agents must also have a PTIN.


Don't have a PTIN and need to obtain one?
Most first-time PTIN applicants can obtain a PTIN online in about 15 minutes. The fee is $50.00. View this checklist to get started.

Prefer to apply or renew by paper?
It only takes about 15 minutes to apply for or renew your PTIN online. But if you prefer to use the paper option, Form W-12, IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) Application, it will take 4-6 weeks to process. For more information on completing Form W-12, view instructions.

Renew your PTIN in 3 easy steps