how to notify irs of taxpayers death?
Asked by: Jesica Hogan
My father died in January of this year, my mother is unable to take care of their finances. They were basically left without assets at his time of death-medical costs etc ate up everything they had. They don’t own their home etc. My mother recieves social security based off my dads earnings. That is her only income. I keep receiving Irs notices saying my dad owes over 18,000 in taxes from 2007. Which is totally impossible because hes been ill for several years and he has certainly not earned enough to owe that much in tax for many years. I decided I would call and let them know he passed away-so maybe they would give me more information on what to do- I.e. would my mother be responsible for this debt? Would they leave her alone since she makes little to begin with? The agent on the phone sounded skeptica when I said he died with no money or assets ( surely this must happen a lot?) . She didn’t ask me to send in any documents just that she would notate his account…sounded strange to me, I expected more official instructions I guess. Has anyone else had to deal with this? Similar?