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IRS requires a 'John Hancock'

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Q. My 21-year-old son mailed back his tax return and thinks he may have forgotten to sign it. He will be earning a small refund from his summer job. Will his lack of signature cause problems? J.M, Monroe, N.Y.

A. It will delay the refund, but not affect it otherwise. The IRS will likely send the tax return back to him and request the signature. An unsigned return is invalid, so the refund process won’t begin until the IRS receives the signed return. Don’t make any other changes on the return. Tip: On the other hand, if you owe Uncle Sam money and file a return without signing it, the IRS will return the form but still cash the check immediately.

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