Tax Tip 2022-176: PTINs expire soon – tax pros can renew online for faster processing

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IRS Tax Tips November 16, 2022

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Issue Number: Tax Tip 2022-176

PTINs expire soon – tax pros can renew online for faster processing

There are more than 750,000 active tax return preparers that must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers now for 2023. All current PTINs will expire December 31, 2022.

Anyone who’s paid to prepare or assist in the preparation of all, or a substantial part of any U.S. federal tax return must have a current PTIN from the IRS. This PTIN must be renewed every year. The fee to renew or get a PTIN is $30.75 for 2023. This fee is non-refundable.

Renewing online is fast and easy
Tax return preparers with a 2022 PTIN should use the online renewal process, which takes about 15 minutes to complete. First-time PTIN applicants can also apply for a PTIN online.

A paper option, Form W-12, along with the instructions, is also available for PTIN applications and renewals. The paper form can take four to six weeks to process. Failure to have and use a valid PTIN may result in penalties.

PTIN system enhancements
The online PTIN system has a new look and feel for a more optimized preparer experience when renewing or registering for a PTIN. Improvements include:

  • Dynamic application design. The system dynamically adapts based on the preparer’s responses and guides them to the correct application.
  • Mobile responsive and mobile friendly. The system will adjust to device’s screen size.
  • Multi-year renewals and registrations. Preparers can renew or register for multiple calendar years at one time.
  • Expanded support channel. Webchat is available to help users with PTIN account questions.

More information:
Tax Professional page on
PTIN Requirements for Tax Professionals

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