The Internal Revenue Service is reminding the nation's 690,000 federal tax return preparers to renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers by the end of the year.
Anyone who gets paid to prepare or helps prepare a federal tax return or claim for refund must have a valid PTIN from the IRS. The PTIN must be used as the identifying number on returns prepared.
All current numbers are set to expire Dec. 31. According to the IRS, there are 2,891 tax preparers covered by the PTIN in West Virginia.
"We ask that you renew your PTIN as soon as possible to avoid a last-minute rush," said Carol Campbell, director of IRS Return Preparer Office. "It's easy to let this slip as the holiday season approaches."
Both the first-time registration and renewal process can be completed online at www.irs.gov/ptin. The renewal fee is $63. The application fee is $64.25 for those registering for the first time.