IRS Form 2848 Is A Must For Military Personnel Being Deployed
If you have clients or a loved one being sent overseas in the next few months, then make sure they have the IRS FORM 2848.
The IRS Form 2848 "Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative" enables a spouse to sign the couple's tax return, easing the way for trouble-free tax filing.
When you complete the form "Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative", you must show the type of tax, the tax form number, and the year or period(s) for which the power is granted. You can list returns for any number of specified years or periods that have already ended and returns for years or periods that will end no later than three years from the date the form is received by the IRS. A general reference to "all years," "all periods," or "all taxes" is not acceptable.
The Form 2848 will be returned to you for correction if you use such general references. The Power of Attorney remains in effect until a new one is sent and revokes the prior one. You may download the Form 2848 here!
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