The Internal Revenue Service said in an email to tax professionals Friday that the Freedom of Information Act requires the IRS to release certain information about Preparer Tax Identification Number holders.

The IRS has created guidance on what information is released and how a PTIN holder can update their contact information. The IRS noted that the Freedom of Information Act requires the IRS to release certain information about PTIN holders including name, business name, business Web site address, business phone number, business mailing address (either a physical address or a P.O. Box is acceptable as a business address, email address (any valid email address that you check regularly for PTIN communications is acceptable) and professional credentials. (Disclosure: Accounting Today has sometimes requested FOIA information from the IRS to build its mailing lists).

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