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My mother in law passed in May 2016 and now my father in law is worried about taxes. They have met the criteria for not filing tax for the last 7 yrs. due to income. The only question I have is, Does he have to file just to show her death? since they (or he) meets the criteria for not filing this year also

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No. People who die will have their SSN flagged as "deceased" from the SSN database. It is not required to file a return if the deceased did not meet the filing requirement. I had this same situation for a deceased relative.

If there is a filing requirement, than either the spouse (if filing jointly) or the executor will have to file the return to indicate "DECEASED" across the top of the return.  The SSN will then not be accepted for future tax years (except for estate tax returns).

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fedguy said:   No. People who die will have their SSN flagged as "deceased" from the SSN database. ....
  There are exceptions.  One is when the deceased has legally changed his/her name, as an adult, and not just because of marriage.  I know absolutely that these situations are not always "flagged" by the SS database.

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