The Internal Revenue Service has delayed the 2014 season for renewing Preparer Tax Identification Numbers because of the government shutdown that ended last night.

On a Web page that the IRS set up to provide updates on how the shutdown is affecting the agency, the IRS recently added the question, “What is the status of renewing Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTIN) for 2014?”

In response, the IRS stated, “Due to the lapse in government funding, the 2014 PTIN renewal season is delayed. An email or letter will be sent to all current PTIN holders notifying you when the 2014 renewal season opens.  The online PTIN system is still available for users to log in and view or change information or to secure a PTIN for 2013.  Additional information will be provided on this site as it becomes available.”

To access the page for renewing a PTIN for next tax season, click here,