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.

Related Topics

Related Resources

Learn How To Deduct Business Expenses

Need some tips on how to deduct business expenses? Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block.

Claim Standard Deduction And Itemized Expenses

Can you claim both a standardized deduction and itemized expenses? Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block.

Deducting Medical Expenses For Pets

Discover if you can deduct medical expenses for your pets with guidance from the tax experts at H&R Block.

Claim Standard Deductions And Donations

Can you claim deductible charitable contributions if you have already taken a standard deduction? Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Bloc