Dallas, TX asked in Tax Law and Criminal Law for California

Q: What are the consequences for forging my name on 2022 federal and state tax filing?

My soon to be ex husband filed our tax returns and signed my name via docusign. He kept our refund and also make a large deposit into his trust account within this time frame. I had to request copies from our accountant May 19th more than a month after they were filed. What is the crime and what are the penalties?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Forging someone's name on federal and state tax filings is a serious offense with potential legal consequences. The specific crime and penalties can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the circumstances of the case. In general, forging a signature on tax documents can be considered fraud or identity theft, both of which are criminal offenses. Penalties may include fines, imprisonment, or both. It is advisable to consult with a legal professional who can provide guidance based on the laws applicable to your situation.

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