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    Not the taxpayer but...

    The person who pays the tax is the taxpayer. How do I refer to the person who does the paperwork, say, the accountant?

    I'm looking for an officianl, legal word that you slap on a legal paper where there's the place to sign for the taxpayer, and who's done the paperwork.

    Can you help me out?

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    #2

    Re: Not the taxpayer but...

    Yes, "accountant" can work, but it depends on the actual (real) role of that person. They could be, for example, a tax agent, or even an auditor.

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    #3

    Re: Not the taxpayer but...

    Or bookkeeper.

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    Re: Not the taxpayer but...

    And, in the UK at least, many self-employed people do their own tax return without any help, and then just pay the resulting tax bill online.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Not the taxpayer but...

    "Tax preparer" in the US.

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    #6

    Re: Not the taxpayer but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post

    I'm looking for an officianl, legal word that you slap on a legal paper where there's the place to sign for the taxpayer, and who's done the paperwork.
    An informal, unpaid helper who assists a friend or relative in the event of say, physical or mental infirmity, can be called a representative or proxy.

    (But 'slap' isn't the most felicitous word here.)

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    #7

    Re: Not the taxpayer but...

    Thank you for your help! I think that's what I might be looking for.

    One more question. I do know of the expression "power of attorney". Can it be used to define who a tax agent/preparer is? Does this expression apply here? As in "The person who has the power of attorney to deal with one's taxes"?

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    #8

    Re: Not the taxpayer but...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Tax preparer" in the US.
    Or a "CPA" (Certified Public Accountant). They usually prepare the tax return for larger businesses.
    Last edited by kilroy65; 23-Jan-2020 at 19:04.

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    Re: Not the taxpayer but...

    You could have an accountant. You could have a tax lawyer. You could have a guy who works every April at the H&R Block in the mall. "Tax preparer" is the catchall term.

    IRS forms have a line for a signature for a paid preparer, if one exists.

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    #10

    Re: Not the taxpayer but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    I do know of the expression "power of attorney". Can it be used to define who a tax agent/preparer is? Does this expression apply here? As in "The person who has the power of attorney to deal with one's taxes"?
    No. Power of attorney is the legal right to stand in for another person. A person who holds a document granting them that right is sometimes informally called the other person's "power of attorney", but that's an illogical usage which learners should avoid.

    Power of attorney comes in many flavors. It can be limited to a single transaction involving a motor vehicle, it can be restricted to health care or financial decisions, or it can be unrestricted and apply to all legal matters.

    Tax preparers fill out forms. The forms still require signatures of the taxpayers or a person who holds their power of attorney.
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