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My 34 year old son is in federal prison and his federal tax

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My 34 year old son is in federal prison and his federal tax return came to my address. What would be the best way to handle this check? It's for a little over $900. The check is only good for one year and he won't get out for 3 years.


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It would be the best - if you have a POA - Power of Attorney signed by your son - in this case - you would be able to deposit the check into your bank account.
If you do not have POA - you may contact your son - and ask for that.
If the check will expire - your son (or you with POA) may request another check from the IRS. The statute of limitation to claim a refund is three years - after that if not cashed - the money would be lost.


Would the prison give him a POA or do I get the form and send it to him?


You may use the general form - the issue is that his signature eon that form should be notarized. Most likely - there is a notary service in the prison - but you may contact the prison administration and verify.
Here are some forms you may use -

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