Professional tax return preparers must renew their PTINs to prepare returns in 2013, the IRS said in a reminder to preparers. Current PTINs expire December 31.

Anyone who prepares or helps prepare all or substantially all of a federal tax return, claim for refund or other federal forms for compensation must have a valid PTIN. All Enrolled Agents also must have a PTIN. There are currently 739,000 tax preparers with 2012 PTINs, and some 350,000 of them are subject to the new testing and CE requirements.

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