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Under new final regulations issued by the IRS under Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code, all tax return preparers must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). The PTIN must be obtained by tax return preparers with respect to all U.S. tax returns or claims for refund filed after Dec. 31, 2010. To obtain a PTIN, a tax return preparer must be an attorney, certified public accountant, enrolled agent, or “registered tax return preparer” authorized to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. A new PTIN must be obtained even if the tax return preparer had been assigned a PTIN prior to the promulgation of these new regulations.

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