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Turn Off Interest/Switch Primary on Account?

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We have a few accounts were the Primary (tax reporting) account holder is deceased. The Joint owner cannot be reached or refuses to come in. The account is a interest bearing account, can we turn off the interest or switch who is primary on the account?

These issues should be resolved as they occur in the year of the account owner's death per Revenue Ruling 84-73, not handled en masse when they have accumulated.

As you know the decedent's TIN is no longer valid, you can remove it from the account. Now, you have an account without a valid TIN so backup withholding is required. The co-owners will appear.

This isn't the first thing you do, but it is what you do when they have not responded to prior requests.

First published on 04/28/2014

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