EA PTIN Requirements

 

 

PTIN is mandatory for all Enrolled Agents

Beginning in 2011, it became mandatory for Enrolled Agents to maintain a current Preparer Tax ID Number (PTIN).   It is necessary to have a current PTIN on your renewal Form 8554 in order to renew your EA status.

CPE credits reported to PTIN system

In mid-2012, the IRS began requiring CPE Providers, such as BestCPE, to report all CPE credits earned by any student that provides a PTIN to the provider.  Although our course system allows you to enter "none" in the PTIN field when registering for courses, it is most likely advantageous to have your CPE credit reported to the IRS.  

If you enter "none" in the PTIN field and "EA" in the professional license field during registration, we ordinarily will contact you, asking you for a PTIN.  We assume that an Enrolled Agent wants us to report their CE Courses to the IRS, but you can "opt out" by not providing your PTIN to us.
Viewing your CE credits on the IRS PTIN system

You can login to the IRS PTIN system to view your credit hours.  The current year hours are displayed, and prior year hours are available using a drop down menu.  The credits for 2012 are not displayed in your account because it was a partial year.

Viewing your CE credits on the IRS PTIN system

You can login to the IRS PTIN system to view your credit hours.  The current year hours are displayed, and prior year hours are available using a drop down menu.  The credits for 2012 are not displayed in your account because it was a partial year.