The Internal Revenue Service has provided a dispensation for tax preparers who have tried unsuccessfully to register for a Preparer Tax Identification Number so they can go ahead and prepare tax returns for compensation, even though they have not yet received a PTIN.

Notice 2011-11, which will appear in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2001-7, dated Feb. 14. provides relief for tax preparers who have pending PTIN applications. The IRS said t expects tax preparers to comply with the new requirement to obtain a preparer tax identification number as soon as possible. 

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