Topic: Preparer Tax Identification Number
Washington, D.C. – The IRS’s annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ list includes common tax scams that often peak during the tax filing season. The IRS recommends that taxpayers be aware so they can protect themselves against claims that sound too good to be true.
Taxpayers who buy into illegal tax scams can end up facing significant penalties and interest and even criminal prosecution. «Read the rest of this article»
Washington, D.C. – Many people look for help from tax professionals at tax time according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Remember, though, that even if someone else prepares your tax return, you are legally responsible for what’s on it.
So, it’s very important to choose your tax preparer carefully. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Internal Revenue Service today urged 6,964 Tennessee tax return preparers to immediately schedule their competency test or risk difficulty finding a date, time or location as the exam deadline nears next year. For most of these, the appropriate test will be the Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) competency test.
Nationwide, more than 310,000 tax return preparers still need to pass the test before December 31st, 2013. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, including those most common in Tennessee.
“Be cautious! Remember a deal that sounds too good to be true probably is,” said IRS spokesman Dan Boone. “And when someone you don’t know and trust wants your private information, they may be up to no good.” «Read the rest of this article»
Washington, D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service today opened the 2012 tax filing season by announcing that taxpayers have until April 17th to file their tax returns. The IRS encourages taxpayers to e-file as it is the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds.
Washington, D.C. – As part of its new oversight program of the nation’s tax return preparation industry, the Internal Revenue Service today announced it will send letters to approximately 100,000 tax return preparers who prepared returns in 2011 but failed to follow new requirements.
Washington, D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service is taking steps to stop tax preparers with criminal tax convictions or permanent injunctions from preparing tax returns. This is just one of several recent moves to improve the quality and oversight of the tax preparation industry.
More than 700,000 tax preparers nationwide have registered with the IRS and obtained Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs). This nine-digit number must be used by paid tax return preparers on all returns or claims for refund. Paid preparers must renew their PTINs annually to legally prepare tax returns. «Read the rest of this article»
Washington, DC — The Internal Revenue Services has begun notifying about 1 million tax return preparers to remind them that they must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTIN) if they are still paid preparers. Use of the PTIN will be required on all federal returns prepared by paid tax return preparers starting Jan. 1.
Tax return preparers can register immediately using a new PTIN sign-up system available through www.IRS.gov/taxpros. Preparers will need to create an account, complete the PTIN application and pay a $64.25 fee before getting their PTINs.
IRS Also Releases Proposed Regulations to Amend Circular 230 Rules
Washington, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that a new online application system for compensated tax return preparers is expected to go live in mid-September. The IRS has proposed to require all individuals who receive compensation for preparing all or substantially all of a federal tax return or claim for refund after December 31st, 2010, to have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).
Under the proposed regulations, compensated tax return preparers will need to obtain, or reapply for, a PTIN and pay a user fee using this new comprehensive system, which is part of a series of steps planned to increase oversight of federal tax return preparation. Tax return preparers will be creating PTIN accounts with the IRS when they use the new system.
“This is an important first step because it lays the groundwork in our efforts to ensure the quality and integrity of professional tax return preparation, which most taxpayers rely on in one form or another,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. «Read the rest of this article»
Higher Standards to Boost Protections and Service for Taxpayers, Increase Confidence in System, Yield Greater Compliance with Tax Laws
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service kicked off the 2010 tax filing season today by issuing the results of a landmark six-month study that proposes new registration, testing and continuing education of tax return preparers. With more than 80 percent of American households using a tax preparer or tax software to help them prepare and file their taxes, higher standards for the tax preparer community will significantly enhance protections and service for taxpayers, increase confidence in the tax system and result in greater compliance with tax laws over the long term.
To bring immediate help to taxpayers this filing season, the IRS also announced a sweeping new effort to reach tax return preparers with enforcement and education. As part of the outreach effort, the IRS is providing tips to taxpayers to ensure they are working with a reputable tax return preparer. «Read the rest of this article»
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