Which of the following situations requires the taxpayer to obtain a power of attorney to sign a return?
a. Incorrect. A parent can sign a minor child”s return without any special authorization.
b. Incorrect. The spouse of someone in the military who is stationed in a combat zone can sign on behalf of the other spouse without authorization but must attach an explanation to the return.
c. Correct. A spouse who is outside the country for
60 days prior to the return due date must authorize the other spouse to sign the return via a power of attorney form; attach Form 2848 to the return.
d. Incorrect. The spouse of someone who is incapacitated because of a medical condition can sign on behalf of that spouse as long as that spouse directs the other to sign the return.