We asked the estate lawyer for the IRS refunds along with the accounting a few months ago. We got the accounting and it appears refunds may be missing from the Schedule of Receipts. We have another lawyer that knows and we again requested IRS returns and we are waiting. We contacted IRS Fraud in Fresno giving them the accounting and asking if refunds are missing. How can we get refund info.? Our lawyer says the Executor and Estate attorney should give it to us for the estate account paid for 2 years of tax preparation. If there were refunds it is a fraudulent accounting that was notarized and signed by the estate attorney and executor. They did list one state tax refund 2 years after the death but no federal ones. The estate has not closed yet from what we know.
Subject to what your own attorney says, including the tax attorney you should be consulting, you may have to go to the probate court to force the executor to divulge the information you're looking for; the IRS will generally not provide tax information to anyone other than the "taxpayer" - which in this case would be the estate/executor - without a power of attorney, which you are unlikely to get from this executor based on the facts you've described.