Preparer Regulations - Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) Mandatory

Tax return preparers who prepare all, or substantially all, of a federal tax return for compensation are subject to certain requirements including registration in the IRS PTIN Requirements for Tax Return Preparers webpage.

The Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) is mandatory for all paid preparers since January 1, 2011. Preparers who already have a PTIN still need to register in the new system.

Tax preparers must pay a fee of $35.95 to renew or get a PTIN for 2022. This fee is non-refundable.

To verify your PTIN in TaxAct:

  1. From within your TaxAct Professional Edition program, click Preparer in the upper menu bar, then click Edit My Preparer Information.
  2. Click the Checkbox next to I verify this PTIN is accurate and the associated Preparer is the registered owner, then click Save and Close.

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