PTIN Relief Is Welcome, Practitioners Say, Although Problems Remain

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IRS's announcement that it will allow tax preparers who have been unable to get a preparer tax identification number to use alternative means of identifying themselves came as welcome relief, tax practitioners tell BNA. However, some of the core issues that have been raised in relation to the IRS preparer registration program—namely, determining who is a tax preparer within the IRS's rules and what “substantially all” of a tax return means—are still holding them up as they attempt to register with IRS.