IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Obtaining and Renewing PTINs and Continuing Education Requirements for Registered Tax Return Preparers

Notice 2011-80 provides guidance to individuals who have or will obtain a preparer tax identification number (PTIN), including a provisional PTIN, or who become registered tax return preparers. 

Section 1 of this Notice provides guidance regarding the last date that provisional PTINs may be obtained, provides that provisional PTINs must be continually maintained, and clarifies that, beginning in 2012, provisional PTIN holders must complete continuing education requirements.

Section 2 of this Notice provides guidance regarding PTIN (including provisional PTIN) renewal.

Section 3 provides that certain individuals must be fingerprinted and pass a suitability check prior to obtaining a PTIN.

Section 4 provides guidance regarding continuing education requirements for registered tax return preparers.

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