Callers to tax line: What if the IRS thinks you’re dead?

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By Michael L. Diamond

A woman tried to file her tax returns electronically this year, only to have it rejected because, she was told, her Social Security number belonged to a dead person.

For Neil Becourtney, a certified public accountant with Cohn Reznick in Eatontown, it was a first. He’d seen returns sent back because parents mistakenly claimed an adult child as a dependent or because a woman filed using her married name instead of her maiden name.

“But never, ‘According to us, you’re deceased,'” Becourtney said.

Becourtney was among 11 accountants from the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants who visited the Asbury Park Press on Sunday to field calls from readers with tax questions.

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