Beginning in filing season 2011, the IRS will require that paid tax return preparers use a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) on all returns they prepare. You may obtain one via the IRS’s online preparer registration system, to be launched this fall. Or you may apply online, by mail, or by fax.
First, register an account on the IRS e-Services Web site . You’ll be asked to provide your legal name, Social Security number, date of birth, telephone number, e-mail address, home address, and adjusted gross income from the current or previous year. Once registered, you can apply for your PTIN.
By fax: Complete Form W-12 and fax it to the IRS at (631) 687-3850.
Because online applications can be processed faster, the IRS encourages return preparers to apply online.
Note that, even if you already have a PTIN, you’ll need to register with the online preparer registration system once it’s launched.
NOTE: View a tutorial on applying for your PTIN by clicking here.