Q: What can I do to obtain W2-G's for my deceased mother so I can file her taxes?
The Casino told me I need to have a Power of Attorney but I was told by someone else that Power of Attorney's are only for the living. Will an Affidavit of a Small Estate work? If so, does it need to be filed with the court or just signed in front of a Notary? She, my mother, passed suddenly without a Will. She was Single and I am an only child.
If you opened probate and had "Letters Testamentary" the casino would likely honor that, but that is a hassle if there's no need to open probate. You may be able to obtain a "Wage and Income Transcript" from the IRS, which shows reported W2s, but it will take some time for the W2s to be processed and show up on the transcript.
You would need a Form 56 and Form 4506-T. The IRS has a page here about obtaining information for deceased taxpayers (https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/deceased-taxpayers-getting-information-from-the-irs).
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