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IRS Confirms Start of 2017 PTIN Renewal Period

by Scott Hamilton,, Washington

01 November 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reminded the more than 725,000 federal tax return preparers in the United States that they must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) for 2017, as all current numbers expire on December 31, 2016.

The IRS reiterated that anyone who prepares or helps prepare any federal tax return or claim for refund for compensation must have a valid PTIN. The PTIN must be used as the identifying number on returns prepared.

For those who are renewing their PTIN, and for those registering for the first time, the process may be completed swiftly online and the fee is USD50. Paper Form W-12, IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number Application and Renewal, is also available for paper applications and renewals, but it takes four to six weeks to process.

The IRS has also announced the beginning of participation in the voluntary Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) for the 2017 filing season. AFSP Certification is offered to unenrolled tax preparers who complete a required amount of continuing education, including a course in basic tax filing issues and updates, and ethics, among other federal tax law courses. They receive a Record of Completion and are included in an IRS website database.

Preparers desiring to receive an AFSP Record of Completion for 2017 must complete their continuing education requirements by December 31, 2016; have a valid 2017 PTIN; and consent to adhere to specific practice requirements.

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