IRS: PTINs are back – gratis

Written on Jun 22, 2017

OSCPA staff report

The IRS on Wednesday 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, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the IRS’s authority to require the use of a PTIN, but enjoined it from charging a fee for PTIN issuance and renewal.

As we reported earlier this month, that created significant questions about the program, and resulted in the IRS suspending registration and renewal on June 2. OSCPA member Matt Yuskewich, CPA, chair of the Society’s Federal Tax Committee, said CPAs should monitor the situation and expect the IRS to appeal the decision this summer.

The IRS said it is working with the Department of Justice to decide what to do next. Meanwhile, it has resumed the issuance of PTINS – this time for free. It promised to post additional information on its Tax Pros page as it becomes available.

Related: FAQs from the IRS

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