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What is a power of attorney?

A power of attorney (POA) typically gives another person authority to act on your behalf. Now this article isn't going to delve too deeply on a general POA, but is going to talk specifically about the IRS power of attorney, which basically gives power to a representative to handle your affairs, make payments, or sign documents.

You have every right to have someone else represent you when it comes to federal tax matter. Take not though, that your representative must be someone who is authorized to act or conduct transactions before the IRS. In order for you to do so though, you must send a POA to the specific office where you want the representative to act on your behalf.

What form can be used for this purpose?

The form 2848 (Power of Attorney or Declaration of Representative) or as others would call it, the IRS power of attorney form, can be used for this kind of situation. The signature, signed by you, will give authority to the representative to allow him/her to act on your behalf before the IRS and to receive any kind of information pertaining to the one specified on the form. If you simply want a person to represent you before the IRS and you do not want him to get your tax information, then you can specify this as well.

What information is needed?

The information required on the form basically requires answers that you already know. Make sure to input your full tax payers name as registered and your full current address. Have your social security number ready as well. Some people forget to take note of their representative's CAF number so always ask this beforehand. Another thing to take note of is that the representative must be allowed to do transactions before the IRS, which means he must be over 18 and is registered under the IRS.

To sum it all up, an IRS form is quite useful in the event that you become incapacitated or absent for you to file taxes or gather information regarding your tax payments. Always remember that when you are in doubt and need additional information then it is always best to call your nearest IRS office and ask for assistance. This will save you the hassle of having to go back and forth for wrong not fulfilling all the requirements or wrong inputs.



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