IRS Tackles Preparer Registration Injunction, Confusion Over PTINs

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With tax filing season set to begin today, many preparers say they have no idea whether they are supposed to get or use a preparer tax identification number when filing their clients' returns. With a federal court injunction hanging over the IRS preparer registration program, the Service updates its Tax Professionals webpage, telling preparers the agency will shortly provide additional information on how to obtain PTINs. But the statement leaves practitioners confused, since the Service previously said because of the court order, preparers covered by the program are not required to register with IRS or complete competency testing.