What if we don't feel comfortable providing our social security numbers to the trustee;

but, there will be 1041 to come, and the rest? Lots of things are yet to be cleared. What's the penalty for us beneficiary if we hesitate to provide.

San Jose, CA -

Attorney Answers (4)

Christine James

Christine James

Probate Attorney - Roseville, CA
Answered

You must provide your social security number as it is required to file the trust tax returns. If there is a legitimate reason you don't want the trustee to have it, offer to give it to the accountant.

Charles Adam Shultz

Charles Adam Shultz

Probate Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

You are taxed on income distributed to you or all income distributed or not if all income is required to be distributed to you. You are taxed on that income and its reported to you on form 1041. The trustee signs the return and sees your K-1 so in the end the trustee will need and see you ssn.

Not, the trustee must keep your information private under both federal law and the probate code. If the trustee.

If you fail to provide the trustee your information, the trustee code refuse to make distribitions to you.

If there are substantial reasons to distrust the trustee you may have the basis to seek removal.. You really need to sit down with an attorney.

The general advice above does not constitute an attorney-client relationship: you haven't hired me or my firm or... more
Gregory Paul Benton

Gregory Paul Benton

Probate Attorney - Glendora, CA
Answered

The estate won't be distributed to you. Your social security number is needed and will be protected. The penalty isn't worth your fears.

John Noah Kitta

John Noah Kitta

Divorce / Separation Lawyer - Fremont, CA
Answered

Without question you have to provide your social security number to the accountant. Does the trustee need to see the social security number, probably not. An attorney would have to review the trust itself, language concerning the charges and responsibilities of the trustee. Does he have a responsibility to personally verify the person you are by and through your social security number? Probably not. On these limited facts, the only firm direction received from competent legal counsel is that you need to give your social security number to the accountant and you could also request in writing that he or she will not provide the number to the trustee without your approval.

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