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TIP # 99 ADM-04
DATE ISSUED: 10/13/99


Preparer Tax Identification Number
May Be Used on Department of Revenue Forms

The IRS Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 allows paid tax return preparers who do not want to disclose their social security number (SSN) on returns they prepare to obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).   Preparers who have filed an IRS Form W-7P, and have been issued a nine digit PTIN (the letter P followed by 8 numbers), may use this number in lieu of their SSN on Florida tax returns and other Department of Revenue forms. The Department of Revenue is revising its forms and instructions to reflect the use of PTINs.

Preparers may immediately begin using their PTIN on Department of Revenue forms, in place of the SSN.

PTINs do not replace Federal Employer Identification Numbers (FEINs).

PTINs cannot be substituted for the FEIN of a tax preparation business. 

PTINs are not mandatory, and return preparers may continue to use their SSN. 

Use of an SSN is mandatory until the PTIN is received from the Internal Revenue Service.