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Do I Need to attach the original (vs. scanned copy) of the court-issued executor-appointed document with a deceased federal tax return?

 
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Do I Need to attach the original (vs. scanned copy) of the court-issued executor-appointed document with a deceased federal tax return?

A copy will be acceptable.

The IRS provides the following guidance on the matter, taken from IRS Pub. 559 Survivors, Executors, and Administrators:

"If you are the personal representative and the return is not a joint return filed with the decedent's surviving spouse, file the return and attach a copy of the certificate that shows your appointment by the court. (A power of attorney or a copy of the decedent's will is not acceptable evidence of your appointment as the personal representative.) If you are filing an amended return, attach Form 1310 and a copy of the certificate of appointment (or, if you have already sent the certificate of appointment to IRS, write “Certificate Previously Filed” at the bottom of Form 1310)." [Emphasis added.]

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Do I Need to attach the original (vs. scanned copy) of the court-issued executor-appointed document with a deceased federal tax return?

A copy will be acceptable.

The IRS provides the following guidance on the matter, taken from IRS Pub. 559 Survivors, Executors, and Administrators:

"If you are the personal representative and the return is not a joint return filed with the decedent's surviving spouse, file the return and attach a copy of the certificate that shows your appointment by the court. (A power of attorney or a copy of the decedent's will is not acceptable evidence of your appointment as the personal representative.) If you are filing an amended return, attach Form 1310 and a copy of the certificate of appointment (or, if you have already sent the certificate of appointment to IRS, write “Certificate Previously Filed” at the bottom of Form 1310)." [Emphasis added.]

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