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Why is the IL-2848 Power of Attorney needed to discuss my client's tax return?

Answer #829 -- ( Published 02/02/2012 04:11 PM | Updated 07/12/2017 10:40 AM )

Why is the IL-2848 Power of Attorney needed to discuss my client's tax return?

In order to protect the confidentiality of tax information, tax practitioners, preparers, etc., are required to have a Form IL-2848, Power of Attorney, on file with us before we can discuss your client's information with you. In addition, you should have a copy of your client's return with you as you will be asked to verify certain information contained on the return.

Note:  Beginning with the 2011 Form IL-1040, Individual Income Tax Return, the Third Party Designee box on the return will allow a taxpayer to designate a person to answer any questions that arise during the processing of the return, call with questions about the return, and receive or respond to notices we send. This authorization will automatically end no later than the due date for filing the following years' tax return. A similar box was added to the Illinois business income tax forms beginning with the 2012 tax year. See the instructions for the return you are filing for further details.

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