Preparers’ reactions range from annoyance over spam to concern over online privacy as they’ve learned that the IRS is publicly releasing some of the information it collects as part of its Preparer Tax Identification Number registration.

Some PTIN information is subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act, and the IRS makes a database of all approximately 700,000 registered preparers available to anyone who requests it and pays a fee of $35.

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