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Hi Chris...........Whose 1040 were you paid for the decedent's final return?
If your client is the beneficiary of the estate and he wants to use the overage to pay for your work on his personal return, then there's no problem. If he isn't the only beneficiary, then there may be an ethical issue & yes the estate should receive any overpayment from you. However, my comments are based upon there being significant $ involved, so I would want to know the facts before making a specific comment on what I would do.
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I was paid $ 625 for a return I will probably charge $ 175 for. Very simple. He is not the only beneficiary.
Yes, I was paid for the decedent's final return.
So you won't have to do a fiduciary return?
If not then you were correct in what you should do; I guess the question would be what did you think you were accepting the check for in the first place?