In the digital age, when a loved one passes away, they leave behind a digital footprint that is unlikely to fade away anytime soon. Thanks to social media, online banking, and more, your loved one’s memory and personality are preserved for years to come.
Though their digital footprint will help you remember their life, unfortunately when your loved one passes away, there is still the matter of filing their taxes. Since that person is no longer alive, this task can be quite tricky, especially when it comes to locating important files. If you are in the Arnold or Annapolis area, the tax professionals at QualiTax can help you get your family member’s affairs in order and help you file their taxes. We understand that this process will be difficult, and our experts are prepared to help you in any way that we can. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Whether you realize it or not, your digital footprint covers many different mediums, and in today’s blog we will take a look at a few of those different platforms and what you should do with your family member’s accounts should they pass away.
Depending on the age of your loved one, chances are high that he or she created a LinkedIn account at one point or another to promote their professional background. On a LinkedIn account, you can find a digital resume, business connections, personal skills, and professional articles your loved one may have shared. LinkedIn gives you the option to remove or memorialize his or her account. If you choose to remove it, the profile will no longer show up in search results. However, if you choose to memorialize the account, people will still be able to view the profile, but access is restricted and the messaging function is removed.
If the deceased was an avid Twitter user with many followers, you may choose to keep their account active. Nevertheless, if you choose to deactivate the account, you may have to jump through more hoops than you do with LinkedIn.
When you choose to deactivate an account for a loved one who has passed away, Twitter requires you to provide a myriad of information, including:
- The username of the account holder
- A copy of the death certificate
- A copy of the account holder’s government-issued ID
- A signed, notarized statement with the family member’s full name, current contact information, email address, relationship to the account holder, action requested and a link to an online obituary (optional)
Your departed loved one’s Facebook account may be home to his or her thoughts, photos, jokes, and humorous videos. This account may hold more memories of your loved one’s personality than any of his or her other accounts. For this reason, you may choose to memorialize the account instead of deactivating it so that friends and family can enjoy it for many years. When you memorialize the account of a departed family member, Facebook prevents people from logging into the account in the future, contact information is deleted, and confirmed friends are allowed to post on the person’s profile.
Different email services such as Yahoo, Outlook, and Gmail will have varying terms and conditions that you need to follow in order to gain access to the departed’s emails. You may have to do this in order to find important information about bank statements, account usernames, and more. Contact the company to find out more information about what actions you need to take to login a deceased person’s account.
Important Tax Information
When preparing to file taxes for your deceased loved one, you may need to track down a lot of information. Most people have both a physical and digital copy of their bank statements, transactions or receipts, and account information. However, just to be safe, you will probably need both. The tax professionals at QualiTax will be able to help you figure out what information is and is not needed for filing taxes for the departed. We understand that you are going through a difficult time, and filing taxes for someone else is hard. Our experts are professional, highly knowledgeable, and willing to help you in any way that we can. Contact us to schedule a consultation with our tax consultants today.