Taxpayer died in November 2020.
Final 1040 was filed by estate PR in April.
Letter this week from Austin SC asks decedent to go to IRS website and have the letter and copy of return handy.
Refund of $1,700 is being held until she complies.
Has anyone else had to verify a decedent’s identity? How did it go?
Sleep well tonight, America – IRS is protecting you from the dead.
Also I am not sure why that return was chosen for identity verification since the refund was applied as usual to the next year.... The return was not complicated but she did have a large amount of interest income, six digits not counting pennies...
No 1310 attached, but a copy of the Letters of PR and the death certificate.
Went to the IRS website for this. They require a credit card and phone number for the decedent. I think I have read somewhere that if you try that and it fails, you are locked out forever. So this morning I tried calling the IRS number on the notice. After listening to the recorded spiel about using the website, the message says that they are too busy right now so call back later, or another day.
My clients aren't in urgent need of the $1,700 refund and I have told them the best way to get IRS attention is with a Congressional. Might try a Form 911 first, to see if Taxpayer Advocate ignores it like the last one I filed. (IRS ignored Tax Court judgment and assessed a higher amount of tax.)