As of January 1, 2011, all Paid Tax Preparers are required by law to register and obtain a PTIN (preparer tax identification number) from the IRS. Only CPAs, Enrolled Agents, Lawyers and RTRPs (registered tax return preparers) are permitted to prepare tax returns. Don't subject your federal tax returns to scrutiny by the IRS by using an unqualified tax preparer. Ensure that your tax professional is properly registered. Use the RTRP Registry to find a licensed tax preparer to prepare your taxes or verify that your current tax professional has been issued a PTIN number.
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