How to Fill Out Power of Attorney Forms

By Tiffany Raiford
A power of attorney is used for tax purposes.

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A power of attorney is needed by the IRS for people who would like to have their tax matters discussed with or handled by someone other than themselves. Accountants and lawyers often use powers of attorney so that they are able to discuss your legal matters with the government directly. Powers of attorney are also used commonly by people who handle the personal business of their elderly parents or relatives.

Fill out your personal information in Box One, including your name, address, Social Security number or tax identification number and phone number.

Fill out the personal information of your representatives of choice in Box Two.

In Box Three, fill out the tax issues you would like your power of attorney to handle.

If applicable, check Box Four. If not, leave it blank.

Add any specific additions or deletions in Box Five.

Fill out Box Six if you would like your power of attorney to receive any refund checks in your name.

If you have listed more than one power of attorney on this form, fill out Box Seven.

Fill out Box Eight only if you have additional powers of attorney for matters that you do not wish to be nullified and attach a copy of those specific powers of attorney.

Sign and date the power of attorney.

Part III must be signed and dated by your new representative.

Mail the Power of Attorney Form to the appropriate address for the state in which you live. For these addresses check irs.gov.

About the Author

Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance. Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel. Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.

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