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Can i legaly sign my wifes name on a joint tax refund if my wife refuses to sign it ?

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i have a ssi # she has an itin # and this year as last we are not getting the recovery rebate credit and the irs took out almost 1,500 from my return . i earned a lilttle over 36,000 she earned 2,000,now she wont sign unless she gets 2,000,is it legal for me to sign her name on the check we dont have a joint checking account.

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Disclaimer: The materials provided below are informational and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

You should never sign anyone else's name, especially if they have not authorized you to do so. If your wife refuses to file a joint tax return with you, consider filing separate returns. You should consult your own attorney and tax advisors.

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No . If you sign the name if would be a crime. Don't do it, not worth it and she will find out.

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Signing another's name on a Treasury check probably is a violation of several Federal laws. You can return the check to the Treasury department, but it would make a lot more sense to work out something with your wife.

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