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i am a tax new preparer. i did not have earned income last

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i am a tax new preparer. i did not have earned income last year, and the last time i had to file a return was a joint return several years ago with my former husband. can i apply for a PTIN online?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Jacy replied 6 years ago.

Hello,

 

If you have the tax return information available from the last time you filed, go ahead and try the online system since it says to use your most recent return. They use this information to verify your identity. If you don't have that information or they do not accept it, you will have to send in Form W-12 with copies of you Social Security card, and your photo ID.

 

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
ok. so that would be "previous year's return"?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
ok. so that would be "previous year's return"?

Expert:  Jacy replied 6 years ago.

Hi,

 

You did not say how long it has been since you have filed, but if you have the information and have not changed your name, I would try it. The IRS did not elaborate on "most recent", so I hope this works for you. Otherwise, it could take 6 weeks to get your PTIN.

 

Thanks again!