The Internal Revenue Service said it is giving an extension to enrolled agents whose renewal applications for their enrollments have been postponed due to a processing delay.

The IRS acknowledged Friday in an email to tax professionals that some enrolled agents are still experiencing delays in the processing of renewal applications. For those individuals who filed a renewal application on time and have an enrollment card with an expiration date of March 31, 2012, the IRS said the card would be valid for another 60 days, or until they receive a new card. Enrollment will not expire due to this IRS delay.

The IRS explained on its Web site that there was a seven-month moratorium on application processing for enrolled agents, and the moratorium is still affecting the agency’s ability to process renewal applications on a timely basis for Social Security numbers ending in 7, 9, 9 and null.

“Although we have completed the process of reducing the fee from $125 to $30 and timely processed 3,500 renewals, we still have approximately 7,100 applications to complete,” said the IRS. “We are processing these remaining forms as quickly as possible and anticipate all will be completed by May 31, 2012. For those individuals who timely filed their renewal application and have an enrollment card with an expiration date of March 31, 2012, the card is valid for another 60 days or until receipt of a new card. Enrollment will not expire due to this IRS delay. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.”

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