- When someone passes away, you should file Form 14039 as quickly as possible. This very specific form allows the IRS to protect the social security number of the deceased person.
- To protect the deceased person’s social security number against fraud and theft by imposters, proof of identity should always be required for the executor.
Hello, everyone. It’s Shauna, your Tax Goddess. Today, I want to talk about a very special topic. There’s been a lot of identity theft going on, especially that of deceased persons. The IRS does not know that the identity has been stolen because no one submitted the proper form to inform them of the death.
When someone passes away, you should file Form 14039 as quickly as possible. This very specific form allows the IRS to protect the social security number of the deceased person. Normally, this is something that the executor would do and the executor will have to provide proof of identify and executorship, along with proof of death. This will protect the social security number from theft by imposters and those who steal identifies.
The cases of identity theft and fraud have risen steeply in the recent times. Thus, the focus on protecting you and your loved ones.
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