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IRS Procedures - Signing the Return

  1. My husband passed away last year, and I will be filing a joint return. Are there any special return notations required to indicate my husband is deceased?

Rev. date: 10/25/2011

My husband passed away last year, and I will be filing a joint return. Are there any special return notations required to indicate my husband is deceased?

If you are a surviving spouse filing a joint return and no personal representative has been appointed, you should sign the return and write in the signature area, "filing as surviving spouse."
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Tax Topic 356 Decedents