Question

I have a question about filing as surviving spouse. If my spouse died before signing her return, what should I do regarding filing status when filing taxes for deceased spouse?

Answer

In the event of the death of spouse prior to signing the return, the executor or administrator must sign the return on behalf of your spouse.

If you haven’t chosen anyone as executor or administrator, you can sign for your spouse. Enter “filing as surviving spouse” in the area where you sign the return.

If the executor or administrator is someone other than you, that person has one year to revoke a joint return. In that case, you’d have to file as married filing separately.

If you don’t remarry, you can file as married filing jointly with your deceased spouse in the year of your spouse’s death.

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