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EIN or SSN for Deceased taxpayer

I am filing on behalf of my mother who passed away in May 2016.  Should I use her SSN or the EIN number provided for her estate when filing returns on her behalf?  I have received tax reporting income, dividends, etc. documents where most contain SSN but one includes the EIN.
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EIN or SSN for Deceased taxpayer

For the final return of the decedent (Form 1040) you should use her social security number (SSN).  The employer identification number is used on the estate tax return (Form 1041) if there is income of $600 or more after death and before the cash and/or property is distributed to the beneficiaries.

Income that was earned while the decedent was alive would be reported on the Form 1040, while income earned after death and before distribution would be reported on the Form 1041 if applicable.

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EIN or SSN for Deceased taxpayer

Thanks for the advice.  Used her Soc Sec # and was accepted.



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