02 Feb 2013 9:54 AM | Anonymous

IRS Reopens PTIN System 

After a two week review, the IRS has concluded that the recent Loving v. Commissioner court ruling does not affect the requirement for paid tax return preparers to have and use a PTIN.  Consequently, the PTIN system is now reopened for processing renewals and new applications.

Please note the alert that is located on the login screen if you go to the IRS website to renew or acquire a PTIN:

ALERT:  The PTIN system is being updated to reflect current requirements.  Until those updates can be completed, a screen titled Continuing Education (CE) Completion may appear during PTIN renewal.  Please check either one of the boxes on that screen.  This information is NOT being collected, but you must check a box to advance to the next screen.  We apologize for any inconvenience.
The IRS will make a formal announcement about the PTIN system availability on Monday, as well as update the information on the IRS website.  The PTIN helpline is also tentatively planned to reopen on Monday.
We also have numerous paper renewals and applications in inventory that we will begin processing expeditiously on Monday.
Please note:  The link to the newly reopened PTIN  system is: http://rpr.irs.gov.  This web address link is not currently listed on IRS.gov.
NSA will provide any updated information as it becomes available.
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