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The following diagnostic is generating: The year of the spouse's date of death must equal 2021 or 2022. Problem: I'm posting this in May 2024. In the situation of a taxpayer death in 2023 and a late filing of 2021 and 2022 tax returns, the diagnostic appears and prevents electronic filing. What is the solution? I'm tempted to input a DOD in 2022 to resolve the diagnostic. Would that cause a delay in processing by the IRS?

You could try it.

The DOD prints at the top of the 1040, which can be corrected on the client copy but not the filed copy. I foresee delays in doing that workaround.  The trustee doesn't seem to be in a hurry, but I don't want legal fees to pile up, and I want the estate closed as soon as possible.

Tech support said that I need to use IRS Free File to file this tax return.

Think this is the solution.  I will input a date needed to clear diagnostic 6864 and e-file the tax return.  I will override the text box at the top of Page 1 of the 1040 to list the actual date of death.