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Do I sign sign it for him? Father 97 in skilled nursing home. He can't sign his taxes let alone complete them.

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AM golnig through the same thing. Trying to fill out her organizer for the accountant is difficult.. I have statements from SS , retirement pension but trying to go back and find medical etc.. not easy.. she is 92 and very very forgetful and confused.
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missmacintx: And who said it was?
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If a person cannot reasonably be capable of consent, the return can later be challenged...by the state, the IRS, and creditors
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It is NOT OK to file taxes for someone unless YOU have power of attorney that covers financial matters or are the court appointed trustee, guardian, or other recognized legal representative. Filing another person's return for them, without their knowledge, consent, or signature is a FEDERAL CRIME.
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Unless his are complex tax returns involving investment funds and/or qualified and ordinary dividends, you should be able to complete them and he signs as best he can. My mother was a legally-blind woman, but still was able to sign docs even if she wasn't right on the line. It was always accepted.
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I would check with IRS but I believe that if he marks his name with an X and as two witnesses, that might be acceptable. But seek professional advice to be sure.
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I strongly agree with the ideas of POA or guardian depending on the person's needs
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You should obtain Power of Attorney before the state recognizes him as incompetant and appoints a responsible custodian for him who will do their taxes and pay their bills. Once he is found to be incompetant, you will no longer have that option.  The state MAY approach you to be his custodian, but only if you meet that state's criteria.  And heaven forbid he is a vet and the VA determines him incompetant - they are a*s and I had to interview with a federal investigator to become my dad's custodian.  Both my mother AND father were found to be incompetent, for different reasons and I became custodian for both.  
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If they are complex, have a CPA complete the tax forms and you sign them as his POA if you are his POA, plus include a copy of the document saying you are his POA.
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Fill out forms...Put pen in his hand...Guide his hand while "he" writes his signature..

Grace + Peace,

Bob
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If you do online taxes and file on line there is no need for a signature.
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Thanks
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Who has financial Power of Attorney for your Dad? That person is the only person who can sign for him.
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