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@macuser_22 can you cite authority that a spouse can act as an attorney-in-fact after the other spouses death? I was under the impression that powers of attorney all expired at the principal's death. Perhaps the IRS is different than generic poa's under various state laws.

(And just FYI for the record, a person is not a POA. A person (the agent) becomes an attorney-in-fact when a principal grants a power of attorney to the agent. Compare this to an attorney-at-law. Licensed attorneys do not need a POA document to represent their clients. (Of course organizations may require various forms to be convinced that such an attorney-client relationship exists and these are frequently, as in the case of the IRS, the same POA forms.))
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