In an effort to stake out its own piece of the regulatory State, the IRS now requires return preparers to register with them and obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), for returns filed after 12/31/10. For preparers with PTINs, the first renewal date is now coming up.
PTIN holders will need to go online to http://www.irs.gov/ptin to renew before December 31, 2011. PTIN holders will have to pay $63 for the privilege of being regulated.
For more information on the PTIN requirements and how to renew, consult IRS News Release 2011-119.