The IRS will allow an authorized representative to receive a refund check on behalf of a taxpayer, however, they will not allow the check to be in the name of the authorized representative. This is to try and stop fraudulent tax professionals from taking advantage of taxpayers by scamming them out of their refund check.
Power of Attorney Form 2848
In order for the authorized representative to be able to have a refund check sent to them, the taxpayer needs to sign and file with the IRS Form 2848 (Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative). Within this form on line 6 is the ability to tell the IRS that the taxpayer’s representative listed on this Power of Attorney will be allowed to receive a refund check on the taxpayer behalf.