The IRS has announced that the 2021 PTIN renewal window is now open. All current PTINs will expire on December 31, 2020.
All tax professionals, regardless of licensure, must renew their PTIN if they prepare any return or claim for refund in 2021. The total renewal fee is $35.95, of which $21 goes to the IRS and $14.95 goes to the federal contractor administering the PTIN registration program. Once paid, nobody can receive a refund on these fees.
All Enrolled Agents must also renew their PTINs, regardless of whether or not they prepare tax returns, and without regard to your normal EA renewal year. In other words, all EAs, including those only offering taxpayer representation services, must hold a valid PTIN at all times. This requirement does not apply to CPAs and attorneys engaged in taxpayer representation if they are not also preparing tax returns for a fee.
To renew your PTIN for 2021, or to apply for your first PTIN if you are a new tax practitioner, simply visit the IRS PTIN system here: https://rpr.irs.gov/datamart/mainMenuUSIRS.do