Payroll Providers Generally Not Required to Get PTINs, IRS Official Says

Payroll providers who only provide mechanical assistance to their clients by transferring information onto a tax return, but do not make any judgments about what goes on the return, will generally not be required to get a preparer tax identification number, an IRS official says. The pronouncement cleared up a long-standing question within the payroll community about whether its practitioners would be considered tax return preparers under IRS's new tax preparer registration regime. “Payroll providers are generally not considered tax return preparers,” John Kurdziel, an IRS technical adviser, tells the American Payroll Association Capital Summit.