In case you haven’t heard, new regulations require all paid tax return preparers (including attorneys, CPAs, and enrolled agents) to apply for a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) — even if you already have one — before preparing any federal tax returns in 2011.
This is phase one of the new initiative to have all paid tax preparers registered with the IRS. There is also a fee of $64.25 ($50 goes to the IRS and $14.25 goes to the payment processor). You can get more information and register here. You can also call their toll-free PTIN hotline 877-613-PTIN (7846).