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Nov 25, 2016 2 min read

Renew your PTIN in 5 Easy Steps

It's the holidays, which means it's also time to renew your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). Luckily, it only takes 5 steps.

Renew your PTIN in 5 Easy Steps

You made it through another crazy Thanksgiving, which means it’s officially the 2016 Holiday Season! For most people that means it’s time to put on some nostalgic music and dust off the fake tree you keep in your attic 10 months out of the year.

For tax pros, it also means that it’s time to renew your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). Luckily, renewing your PTIN is easy as Thanksgiving pie, so you might as well do it now before you get so busy eating that pie that you forget.

Step 1: Gather all your information.

You’ll need some basic information in order to renew your PTIN. Take a few minutes to gather what you need before you sit down at your computer, and the whole process will be quick and easy. According to the IRS, you’ll need:

  • Personal information (name, mailing address).
  • Business information (name, mailing address).
  • Explanations for felony convictions (if any).
  • Explanations for problems with your U.S. individual or business tax obligations (if any).
  • If applicable, any U.S.-based professional certification information (CPA, attorney, enrolled agent, enrolled retirement plan agent, enrolled actuary, certified acceptance agent, or state license) including certification number, jurisdiction of issuance, and expiration date.

Step 2: Log into the PTIN renewal website.

That’s this website right here. Click on the link, then enter your username and password. If you have any problems logging in, this video from the IRS' YouTube channel may be helpful:

Step 3: Fill out the form.

Use all the information you gathered in step 1 to fill out the IRS’ online form. It will only take a few minutes.

Step 4: Pay your fee.

Renewing your PTIN costs $50. You can pay using any widely accepted credit or debit card.

Step 5: Go eat more pie.

You’re done! No need to draw this out. Your PTIN is now renewed until next year at the same time. Reward yourself with some leftover pie. Try the raspberry cream cheese pie—you won’t regret it.  

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