The IRS announced that professional tax preparers can now register for or renew their PTINs on IRS.gov.

Anyone who gets paid to prepare or assists in the preparation of a tax return is required to have a PTIN, including enrolled agents, CPAs and others.

The system is now open for applications and renewals here. First-time PTINs cost $64.25; renewals are $63.

Preparers who prefer to file on paper can use Form W-12, but the IRS warns that it will take from four to six weeks to process.

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