My cousin called me from prison and asked if I can pickup his w2 from his mom's house and submit his taxes for him as he is required to file. He is in prison in California and I am based in Southern CA. Since he gave me verbal permission can I file his taxes for him?
Estate Planning Attorney
The IRS and FTB require that you have a power of attorney for your cousin in prison if he is receiving a refund back before the issuing agency will release funds to a third-party. You may want to see if he is going to be receiving a refund first and then look into getting a power of attorney for tax matters, if needed.