On October 9, the IRS notified practitioner groups and partners that the Return Preparer Office (RPO) plans to open the Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) renewal season next week. RPO is sending nearly 44,000 PTIN holders an invitation to renew their PTINs early, on Wednesday, October 17. Dear Tax Professional, Congratulations! To thank you for repeatedly renewing your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) early, you have the opportunity to renew your PTIN before the season opens to other tax return preparers. The PTIN system is ready to accept your renewal from today through Oct. 15. Should you miss this opportunity, you can still renew your PTIN during renewal season beginning later in the week. THERE IS NO FEE/COST FOR 2019 PTINs. All PTINs expire on Dec. 31 and must be renewed annually. You must have a valid PTIN if you plan to prepare any federal tax returns for compensation or you are an enrolled agent. Get started at www.IRS.gov/ptin. If you can’t remember your User ID or password, use the “Forgot User ID” or “Forgot Password” links on the PTIN system login page. You will be asked to enter the email address associated with your account and the answer to your secret question. To keep up with the latest info for return preparers, please subscribe to e-News for Tax Professionals. • Visit www.IRS.gov • Select News • Select e-News Subscriptions Return Preparer Office Internal Revenue Service PTIN holders who receive this invitation have renewed their PTINs during the first two weeks of the renewal season in each of the last three years without contacting the PTIN helpline. PTINs must be renewed annually by December 31.