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File a 1040 for your relative. Later you will file a 1041 if necessary (in 2013 for 2012 if the estate settles).
My advice regarding that attorney is to change! Find a reasonable attorney (I know that will be a challenge LOL). Find one who does this on a regular basis, who will assist you with these common type questions (new for you but not someone who does this routinely).
Don't report as income any reimbursements from the estate.
If this does not answer your question please let me know. Also let me know if you have additional questions.
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You did not reply with an answer for forms 56 and 1310. My attorney came highly recommended, and I appreciate that he is up front about his position on federal taxes.
I failed to mention that there is a refund of $1035 if I file a 1040.
yes, you MUST file form 56.
This should be filed AGAIN when the relationship is terminated (i.e. estate settled).
If you feel that the deceased taxpayer warrants a tax refund, form 1340 should also be filed.
I believe that should answer all you questions. please let me know if it does not.
Again, as a professional, indicating what should be filed with respect to the IRS (vs actually completing the forms) is standard practice for estate and other attorneys (at least the basic forms). I mean no disrespect but the basic forms are well known. Obviously there may be unique forms for every individual and estate, but the basics are always required.
I see that you are in the chat so i'll stay here.
I am satisfied with the response I got, especially the promptness. You blew away the IRS.