What is Form 2848?
Form 2848 is a form used to allow an individual to act as another person’s agent with the IRS. The agent has to be someone who is legally allowed to practice before the IRS, such as an accountant, an attorney, a family member, or an employee. By allowing a person to act as an agent, an individual grants them access to tax information that is to remain confidential.
The Authority Granted by Form 2848
The form grants a very limited power of attorney; it comes in two parts, with the taxpayer filling the first part and the agent filling the second part. The representative has to indicate their qualifications for acting as the other person’s agent, as the powers granted by the form include the signing of waivers and extensions. On the fifth line of the first part of the form, the taxpayer can list actions they’d like to hand over to the agent and those they’d like to keep for themselves.
Where to File Form 2848
There are just two processing centers accepting the form in the US, and only one for forms from international sources. Those who live in the East send forms to Tennessee, and people living in the West send theirs to Utah. International filers should send forms to the IRS’ international office, located in Philadelphia.
Revocation of Form 2848
The form is also used to take back a power of attorney that has been granted. To revoke a person’s agency, a copy of the original form should be sent again to the original processing center. It has to be either signed by the taxpayer or the agent if they are relinquishing their role. “REVOKE” should be written across the top of the page, and if the original form cannot be found, a written statement is adequate. The written statement should include all the tax matters in question, the period for which they are being revoked, and the names and addresses of both agent and taxpayer.
Download Form 2848 at: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2848.pdf