IRS Reminds Tax Return Preparers to Renew PTINs by Dec. 31 for 2022

October 22, 2021

The IRS is reminding federal tax return preparers that all current Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) will expire on Dec. 31, so tax return preparers must renew their PTINs for 2022.

Everyone who gets paid to prepare or help prepare a federal tax return must have a valid PTIN from the IRS, and the PTIN needs to be included as the identifying number on any return filed with the IRS. Enrolled Agents must also have a valid PTIN. Failure to have and use a valid PTIN may result in penalties.

Renewing or obtaining a PTIN costs $35.95 for 2022. The fee is non-refundable, and the exact amount must be paid.

Tax preparers, including first-time applicants, with a 2021 PTIN should use the online renewal process, which takes about 15 minutes. The paper option, Form W-12, can take four to six weeks to process. Tax professionals can also use the online system to view the number of returns that were filed with their PTINs in the current year as well as receive communications from the IRS Return Preparer Office.