It’s Time to Renew Your PTIN for 2021

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I know it’s hard to believe, but tax season is right around the corner! With that being the case, it is imperative that you renew your PTIN so you can start the upcoming 2021 filing season smoothly. All current PTINs will expire Dec. 31, 2020, so you may as well renew it now and have one less thing to worry about during the holidays.

As a reminder, anyone who prepares or helps prepare a federal tax return for compensation must have a valid PTIN from the IRS before preparing returns, and they need to include the PTIN as the identifying number on any return filed with the IRS.

Tax preparers with a 2020 PTIN should use the online renewal process, which takes about 15 minutes to complete. 

To renew a PTIN online:

  • Start at IRS.gov/tax-professionals.
  • Select the “Renew or Register” button.
  • Enter the user ID and password to login to the online PTIN account.
  • Follow the prompts to verify information and answer a few questions.

Once completed, users will receive confirmation of their PTIN renewal.

To apply (first time) for a PTIN online:

  • Start at IRS.gov/tax-professionals.
  • Select the “Renew or Register” button and select “Create Account” in the New User box.
  • First time users are issued a temporary password and will be prompted to change their password upon logging in.
  • Select the appropriate “PTIN Sign Up” option once logged in.
  • Follow the prompts to obtain the PTIN online.

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Gary DeHart has worked in media for more than 25 years and has been instrumental in developing new revenue streams and business opportunities for the companies he has worked for. Prior to launching Insightful Accountant (formerly Intuitive Accountant), Gary was the Associate Publisher of Accounting Today. Prior to working in media serving the public accounting market, he worked in media for employee benefit managers and brokers, automotive design, textile manufacturing and recreational boating. In addition to being the Publisher and Managing Partner of Insightful Accountant, Gary works with select clients within the accounting market on channel development and growth. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, enjoys fly fishing, time on the beach, cooking on the Big Green Egg and spending time with his family.