17. Watch the Signing of Tax Returns



Warning 17
The IRS always look for the practice where some agents sign tax returns on behalf of their clients, adding disclaimers to the declaration on page 1 of the tax return form. In general, the taxpayer should sign the return. However, when (for some reason) the taxpayer is unable to sign the return, the IRS has no objection to the agent signing on the taxpayer’s behalf, provided the agent has the necessary authority to do so.

The tax department will not accept returns signed by agents where a disclaimer has been added to the declaration.