On June 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Internal Revenue Service’s authority to require the use of a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), but enjoined the IRS from charging a user fee for the issuance and renewal of PTINs. As a result of this order, PTIN registration and renewal was suspended on June 2.
The IRS, working with the Department of Justice, is still considering how to proceed, but will make PTINs available while deciding how to address the court order.
The IRS resumed the issuance of PTINS, without charge, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
As additional information becomes available, it will be posted on the Tax Pros page.