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I had to sign the 1040 for my Mom once,many years ago, pre-electronic days. I did the POA thing and the IRS did not like it...sent it back and I had to get all kinds of verification. I also lived 800 miles away, but luckily caught it when I visited her.

The next year, I did her taxes and signed her name. All went well. Her attorney unofficially said that was probably the easiest way to handle it.


I signed my mother's return 3 days after she died. Everything had been done for a month but she put off signing and mailing the return. At that point I had too much to deal with to be worrying about the tax return for the prior year. Back-dated it to the day before she went to the hospital too. She had a refund coming and everything was fine. I don't think I would have tried signing a check if she had owed money though. There are limits to my forgery.
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