If the court approves your petition, this would grant you the authority to cash checks payable to the deceased on behalf of the estate. But that process involves gathering the death certificate, filing a petition with the clerk's office or courthouse to become officially appointed, then requesting the deceased taxpayer's ID number or Employer Identification Number from the IRS.What happens if deceased person owes taxes?
If the deceased individual's tax return shows that he owes tax, the executor is responsible for ensuring that the tax is paid. For a spouse filing jointly, she can pay the tax when she files the tax return since the IRS allows her to file jointly in the year her spouse dies.Can the IRS take Back my refund?
Back Taxes. If you owe back taxes, the IRS can take your current tax refund to offset what you owe. Until you clear up the matter, your tax refund is subject to seizure. The IRS does allow payment plans and settlements.