IRS PTIN Renewal Process

New IRS regulations now require that all paid tax return preparers have a valid current year Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) issued from the IRS. PTINs must be renewed by December 31 each year in order to prepare returns for the following calendar year (For example, you must renew your PTIN by 12/31/13 to prepare tax returns from 1/1/14 to 12/31/14).

Note: You must renew your PTIN through the IRS; cannot renew your PTIN for you.

The easiest method to renew your PTIN is online via the IRS website at

To renew your PTIN, you will need to have the following information available:

  • Personal Information (name, mailing address, date of birth)
  • Business Information (name, mailing address, telephone number)
  • Explanations for felony convictions (if any)
  • Explanations for problems with your U.S. individual or business tax liabilities
  • Credit or debit card for the $63.00 renewal fee
  • If applicable, your supervisor’s PTIN
  • If applicable, any US-based professional certification information (CPA, EA, attorney, etc.)

When renewing ourselves, the process took about 10 minutes and we received a confirmation email from the IRS approximately 24 hours later.

Having trouble logging into your PTIN account? This troubleshooting video from the IRS should solve most problems.