As a tax practitioner, you have probably dealt with decedent tax returns before, but you’ve probably never processed a Form 1040 R.I.P.

Michael Raanan, a former IRS revenue officer who is now president of Landmark Tax Group in Santa Ana., Calif., sent my colleagues here at Accounting Today such a form today, in keeping with the macabre spirit of Halloween.

We have our doubts, though, that the IRS will accept Form 1040 R.I.P. “for filing a return from the grave,” especially in the aftermath of the government shutdown, when they and other federal agencies needed to essentially return from a state of suspended animation.

But in any case, it’s worth a try once next tax season gets reanimated. You can check out the form below. Trick or treat!

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