Instructions For Form W-12 (Rev. June 2017) - Irs Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number (Ptin) Application And Renewal - 2017


Instructions for Form W-12
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
(Rev. June 2017)
IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) Application and Renewal
Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless
assistance, call 1-877-613-3686. If calling internationally, call
otherwise noted.
+1 915-342-5655 (not a toll-free number). Telephone help is
generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to
Future Developments
5:00 p.m. Central time.
For the latest information about developments related to
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Form W-12 and its separate instructions, such as legislation
The IRS is a proud partner with the National Center for
enacted after they were published, go to
Missing and Exploited Children. Photographs of missing
children selected by the Center may appear in instructions on
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pages that would otherwise be blank. You can help bring
these children home by looking at the photographs and
New mailing address. The address for submitting your
calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize
application by mail has changed. See How To File, later.
a child.
Application processing fee. The fees for processing your
General Instructions
application for a new or renewed PTIN are no longer
Purpose of Form
Use this form to apply for or renew a PTIN.
Annual Filing Season Program. This voluntary program is
Use and Availability of Information on
designed to encourage unenrolled paid tax return preparers
(paid tax return preparers who are not attorneys, certified
This Form
public accountants (CPAs), or enrolled agents (EAs)) to
complete continuing education courses for the purpose of
The Freedom of Information Act requires that certain
increasing their knowledge of the law relevant to federal tax
information from this application be made available to the
returns. To participate in the program, an individual must
general public. This includes, but may not be limited to, the
obtain a PTIN and meet certain continuing education
following information.
requirements for a specific tax year.
Business Name.
For further information regarding the program, visit
Business Address.
Business Phone Number.
Business Website Address.
Voluntary Inactivating/Reactivating PTIN. An individual
Email Address.
who no longer practices before the IRS and who no longer
Professional Credentials.
prepares any federal tax returns for compensation may
Who Must File
request his or her PTIN be placed in inactive status at any
time. For more information on voluntarily inactivating or
Anyone who is a paid tax return preparer must apply for and
reactivating your PTIN, see Voluntarily Inactivate PTIN, later,
receive a PTIN. EAs also must obtain a PTIN. The PTIN must
or review information available at
be renewed annually. For purposes of determining who must
obtain a PTIN, a tax return preparer is any individual who is
Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Creden-
compensated for preparing, or assisting in the preparation of,
tials and Select Qualifications. The IRS has launched a
all or substantially all of a tax return or claim for refund of tax.
public listing on the IRS website of PTIN holders who are
attorneys, CPAs, EAs, enrolled retirement plan agents,
How To File
enrolled actuaries, as well as individuals who successfully
completed the requirements to participate in the Annual
Online. Go to the webpage
for information.
Filing Season Program. The searchable listing includes the
Follow the instructions to submit Form W-12. If you submit
individual's name, city, state, and zip code. The city and state
your application online, your PTIN generally will be provided
of the business address you enter on line 5a of this form will
to you immediately after you complete the application.
be the address reflected in the online Directory of Federal
By mail. Complete Form W-12. Send the form to:
Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select
Qualifications if you meet the qualifications for inclusion. If
IRS Tax Professional PTIN Processing Center
you have more than one business location, enter your
1605 George Dieter PMB 678
primary business location address. See the line 12
El Paso, TX 79936
instructions for the definitions of professional credentials and
select qualifications, later.
Note. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing of paper Forms
Telephone help. If you have questions about completing
this form or the status of your application or renewal, you may
call the following phone numbers. If calling from the United
States, call 1-877-613-PTIN (7846). For TTY/TDD
Jun 22, 2017
Cat. No. 59933W


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