The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that tax preparers can start renewing their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers for the 2012 tax-filing season.

Preparers are required to renew their PTINs on an annual basis and need to do so before the next year begins, meaning a preparer’s PTIN for 2012 must be renewed by Dec. 31, 2011. The PTIN is part of the IRS’s greater effort to regulate the tax preparer profession with mandatory registration, testing and continuing education requirements.

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