PTIN system back up and running
Starting June 21 at 8 a.m., the PTIN system is back online and the IRS is issuing PTINs without charge.
Following the decision in Steele v. U.S. ((June 1, 2017) U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Case No. 14-cv-1523-RCL), which struck down the authority to charge PTIN fees, the IRS temporarily suspended the PTIN registration and renewal system on June 2, 2017. So far, there is no information regarding whether the IRS will appeal the Steele decision, or if refunds will be issued to those who already paid to obtain or renew a PTIN.
We will provide more information as it becomes available, and the IRS will post any news at www.irs.gov/for-tax-pros.