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Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN)-SSN; Attorney Reg. number; Driver's License -- and now another number that you may need by Jan. 1, 2011

from Alan E. Weiner, CPA, JD, LL.M, Holtz Rubenstein Reminick LLP

Reprinted with permission from The Suffolk Lawyer (published by the Bar Association of Suffolk County) and The Nassau Lawyer (published by the Bar Association of Nassau County)

The theme of this article is an alert to any attorney (AND his/her employees) who, on and after Jan. 1, 2011, prepares any type of tax return (estate, gift, fiduciary, individual and other types of tax returns) and gets paid for doing so. The PTIN registration is a mandatory requirement for all such preparers (whether or not he/she will be the person signing the tax return). The article explains the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reasoning and it is a "how to" for securing the PTIN online (which gives immediate gratification, i.e., a PTIN almost simultaneously with the online filing, in most instances) or via a paper application (which can take 4-6 weeks before receiving the PTIN). Even attorneys who already have a PTIN under the old system must go through a re-registration (called "refreshing") process. more

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