My father had no assets. There is no money to pay from him to the IRS or state. They are sending me letters saying what is owed. Do I personally owe them? If not, what should my next steps be?
You are not personally responsible for the income taxes of your father, unless his estate distributed assets to you without paying his income taxes. You could take two approaches: 1) ignore the letters (eventually they should stop) or 2) hire a tax attorney to see if the attorney can set them straight.
You may wish to send them a copy of his death certificate as a letter advising that no estate was opened, no assets were distributed, if that is in deed the case. As my colleague points pout, so long as you did not receive any assets you are not liable for any taxes. If you did receive assets, you should seek counsel.
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