The IRS has suspended PTIN registrations after its court loss in Steele v. United States, previously reported here.
On the IRS PTIN registration website, users see the following message as of June 6, 2017:
PTIN System Down On June 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Internal Revenue Service’s authority to require the use of a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), but enjoined the IRS from charging a user fee for the issuance and renewal of PTINs. As a result of this order, PTIN registration and renewal is currently suspended. The IRS, working with the Department of Justice, is considering how to proceed. As additional information becomes available, it will be
See website at: PTIN System Down
Posted by Lewis J. Saret, Co-General Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.