If two names are on my IRS tax return check, can only one person cash it?

If two names are on my IRS tax return check, can only one person cash it?

Postby secgwic7 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:16 pm

There are two names on my tax return check from the IRS. Mine and my spouses.
Can I cash my check at walmart or put it in my bank alone?
We don't have a joint account if that helps
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If two names are on my IRS tax return check, can only one person cash it?

Postby stanweg51 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:18 pm

There are two names on my tax return check from the IRS. Mine and my spouses.
Can I cash my check at walmart or put it in my bank alone?
We don't have a joint account if that helps
most places that will cash a check with two names, will require two signatures
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If two names are on my IRS tax return check, can only one person cash it?

Postby byrley23 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:20 pm

Legally speaking: both of you need to sign the check in order to cash or deposit it. If you cash it or deposit it without your spouse's permission you can get in trouble, especially if you forge their name.

Generally speaking: bank tellers aren't very firm about this and ATM machines don't even know the difference.

Practically speaking: Hiding money from your spouse isn't a good way to build up your marriage. If you're in the process of divorce anyway, stealing the joint tax refund isn't going to win you any favor in the eyes of the judge.
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