Sign Up

Why sign in to the Community?

  • Submit a question
  • Check your notifications
or and start working on your taxes
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
New Member

Spouses date of death

My spouse died in 2017.  I am entering our information as if he is alive, starting with his personal information.  It asked for his date of death.  I entered it and went on to my personal info, where is asks for my spouses date of death.  If I enter nothing it stops me.  If I enter his dod, it treats it as if it is MY date of death and then thinks we are both deceased.  I think this is a glitch in the system - how can I fix it?

4 Replies
Level 15

Spouses date of death

In the Personal Info section, enter both your name and your late husband's name.  (You can still file a joint return for 2017.)  Then, in the follow-up questions after his name, check the box that he passed away during 2017 (and don't check that box for yourself.)

**Answers are correct to the best of my ability but do not constitute tax or legal advice.
New Member

Spouses date of death

Thanks!  I didn't go back to edit, my bad.  I appreciate your quick answer!
New Member

Spouses date of death

I am having this same issue, I have gone back to edit, stating that my husband is deceased and the date that he passed.  It asks those 4 questions concerning myself, where I answered none of the above.

It keeps asking for the date I died.  I a very much alive.

I have gone back several times to be sure I have answered correctly, it is still asking for the date that I passed.

It does have the date my husband passed correctly.

My return was already rejected once because I had my husband as the primary, I have switched myself as 

the primary.


Expert Alumni

Spouses date of death

When you made the switch to primary, something got left checked. You need to review the personal information section again. I am very sorry for your loss.


**Say "Thanks" by clicking the thumb icon in a post
**Mark the post that answers your question by clicking on "Mark as Best Answer"
Dynamic AdsDynamic Ads
Privacy Settings