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La sección 203 de la Ley PATH presenta los requisitos para emitir los ITINs. La provisión requiere que las personas con ITINs emitidos antes de 2013 renueven sus ITINs en un horario en segmentos entre 2017 y 2020. La provisión también determina que un ITIN se expira si la persona no presenta una declaración de impuestos por tres años consecutivos. Finalmente, la provisión manda que el Departamento del Tesoro y el IRS estudien el proceso actual para emitir ITINs con la meta de adoptar el sistema para el 2020 que obligará a todos los solicitantes a que presenten su solicitud en persona.

November 18, 2016

ITIN Breaking News

Section 203 of the PATH Act layouts the requirements for the issuance of ITINs. The provision requires that individuals who were issued ITINs before 2013 are required to renew their ITINs on a staggered schedule between 2017 and 2020. The provision also provides that an ITIN will expire if an individual fails to file a tax return for three consecutive years. Finally, the provision directs the Treasury Department and IRS to study the current procedures for issuing ITINs with a goal of adopting a system by 2020 that would require all applications to be filed in person.

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Figuring out when and how to apply for an ITIN isn’t always easy. Beginning in 2016, new rules mean that taxpayers’ ITINs will now have an expiration date. And if ITIN holders don’t renew their ITINs on schedule, the issue could snowball, delaying their refunds and preventing them from claiming certain tax credits until they renew their ITINs. The application/renewal process could take from 90 to 120 days to complete.

Dear Tax Professional,
It is now Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) renewal season.
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.


IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Matthew; Many Extension Filers in North Carolina Now Affected; Relief for Other States Expected Soon


IR-2016-131, Oct. 11, 2016



WASHINGTON –– North Carolina storm victims will have until March 15, 2017, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, with similar relief expected soon for Hurricane Matthew victims in other states, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. All workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization also qualify for relief.



Following this week’s disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the IRS said that affected taxpayers in Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt and Robeson counties will receive this and other special tax relief. Locations in other states are expected to be added in coming days, based on damage assessments by FEMA.



The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Oct. 4, 2016. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until March 15, 2017, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. This includes the Jan. 17 deadline for making quarterly estimated tax payments. For individual tax filers, it also includes 2015 income tax returns that received a tax-filing extension until Oct. 17, 2016. The IRS noted, however, that because tax payments related to these 2015 returns were originally due on April 18, 2016, those are not eligible for this relief.



A variety of business tax deadlines are also affected including the Oct. 31 and Jan. 31 deadlines for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns. It also includes the special March 1 deadline that applies to farmers and fishermen who choose to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments.



In addition, the IRS is waiving late-deposit penalties for federal payroll and excise tax deposits normally due on or after Oct. 4 and before Oct. 19 if the deposits are made by Oct. 19, 2016. Details on available relief can be found on the disaster relief page on



The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. Thus, taxpayers need not contact the IRS to get this relief. However, if an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.



In addition, the IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227.



Individuals and businesses who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related losses can choose to claim them on either the return for the year the loss occurred (in this instance, the 2016 return normally filed next year), or the return for the prior year (2015). See Publication 547 for details.



The tax relief is part of a coordinated federal response to the damage caused by severe storms and flooding and is based on local damage assessments by FEMA. For information on disaster recovery, visit

September 13, 2016

IRS CE System Update

The IRS previously sent CE providers a message on September 1 advising that the old CE system would be shut down on September 14 and a new CE system was tentatively scheduled to go live on September 19.  Unfortunately the transition will take longer than originally estimated. The IRS now expects the new system to be available in early October.  


Please visit for current information on the status. The IRS will also be sending CE providers an e-mail when the new system launches.  


In addition, the IRS will be adding messaging inside the PTIN system under “View My Continuing Education Credits” that states there will be a delay for approximately a month while they transition to a new CE Provider reporting system and for PTIN holders to check back in mid-October for the latest regarding CE credits.