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The last thing on our minds when we lose a spouse is having to deal with the IRS. Can things get any worse? Yes. The first year you have to file a final return. You also have to file for any missed years. You might have to file a return for the estate. Generally, you can file a joint return this last time, but after that, you are on your own and have to plan fo the changes in your circumstances.
If you lost your spouse in 2012, be as prepared as possible for the coming tax season. I know, it's just another thing which sucks in our lives, but the LAST thing we need is to have the IRS after us too.