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IRS Finalizes PTIN Fee Reduction

(Parker Tax Publishing August 2016)

Final regulations have been issued that reduce the preparer tax identification number (PTIN) application and renewal fee from $50 per application or renewal to $33. T.D. 9781 (8/10/16).

Pursuant to Reg. Sec. 1.6109-2(a), all tax return preparers must have a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) and include it on any tax return or claim for refund prepared for compensation.

The application and renewal procedures to obtain a PTIN are contained in Form W-12, IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) Application and Renewal, and the Form W-12 Instructions. The annual PTIN application and renewal period generally begins in the fall (on October 15 in previous years) of the year preceding the filing season to which the PTIN relates.

A third-party vendor, rather than the IRS, processes applications to obtain or renew a PTIN and charges a processing fee in addition to the user fee charged by the government.

The IRS has issued final regulations that reduce the original $50 user fee to apply for or renew a PTIN to $33 for both initial PTIN applications and renewals. The IRS notes that this reduction came about after a re-calculation of its cost of providing services under the PTIN application and renewal process.

Individuals who apply for or renew a PTIN, online or by mail, will continue to pay a fee directly to a third-party vendor to process the applications, which is separate from the IRS user fee. The vendor fee is increasing from $14.25 for original applications and $13 for renewal applications to $17 for original applications and $17 for renewal applications.

The fee changes are applicable for all PTIN applications filed on or after September 9, 2016.

For a discussion of the PTIN requirement, see Parker Tax ¶ 275,100.

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