I’m not sure what happened just now, but I am sure it wil not all be “just fine,” as the cheery ladies at my local post office asssured me.
Mom got a notice of certified letter. I brought it to the post office, along with a photocopy of her death certificate, just in case, so I could pick up the letter.
The nice post office lady brought out the envelope. It was long and fat and had IRS in the upper left corner.
The nice post office lady said, no problem, and proceeded to write “deceased” on the envelope and put it back in the bin.
But wait, I wanted to pick up that letter.
Now I don’t know what it was all about, but I’m sure a certified letter from the IRS is not good news.
I have no idea what happens now. It goes back to the IRS and what? I’m pretty darn sure that we wrote on her last tax return she was deceased.
As it happens, yesterday I called the IRS to find out the status of a little hiccup in Mom’s last return. They told me they couldn’t give me any info until I filled out another couple forms: one naming me as Fiduciary and another of Power of Attorney. POA makes no sense to me since she’s dead, but hey they asked for it. I sent off those forms today as well.
Now I’m worried. I don’t know exactly what this is all about. The worst I can figure is they will disallow deductions and we’ll have to pay taxes out of the estate.