PTIN Renewal Is Underway

 – October 21, 2021
PTIN Renewal Is Underway

The IRS has announced that Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) renewal for 2022 is underway. All current PTINs will expire Dec. 31, 2021.

Anyone who prepares or assists in preparing a federal tax return for compensation must have a valid PTIN from the IRS before preparing returns. The PTIN needs to be included as the identifying number on any return filed with the IRS. All Enrolled Agents must also have a valid PTIN.

The fee to renew or obtain a PTIN is $35.95 for 2022. The PTIN fee is non-refundable, and the exact amount must be paid to complete the PTIN process.

Tax preparers with a 2021 PTIN should use the online renewal process, which takes about 15 minutes to complete. Form W-12, along with the instructions, provides a paper option for PTIN applications and renewals. However, the paper form can take four to six weeks to process. Failure to have and use a valid PTIN may result in penalties.

To renew a PTIN online:

  • Start at IRS.gov/taxpros.
  • Select the "Renew or Register" button.
  • Enter the user ID and password to login to the online PTIN account.
  • Follow the prompts to verify information and answer a few questions.

Once completed, users will receive confirmation of their PTIN renewal.

The online system not only allows PTIN renewal, but can also be used by tax preparers to view a summary of the number of filed returns their PTIN has appeared on in the current year, and to receive communications through a secure mailbox from the IRS Return Preparer Office.

First-time PTIN applicants can also apply for a PTIN online.

To apply for a PTIN online:

  • Start at IRS.gov/taxpros.
  • Select the "Renew or Register" button and select "Create Account" in the New User box.
  • First time users are issued a temporary password and will be prompted to change their password upon logging in.
  • Once logged in, select the appropriate "PTIN Sign Up" option.
  • Follow the prompts to obtain the PTIN online.