The period to renew Preparer Tax Identification Numbers for 2013 has begun, and the IRS is also reminding the nation’s 730,000 federal tax return preparers that they must renew their PTINs, and that preparers who have a competency test requirement should schedule their exam soon.

Anyone who is a paid federal tax return preparer must register with the IRS and have a PTIN, as must all Enrolled Agents. Additionally, some return preparers have new continuing education and competency test requirements.

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