IRS Charges Fee for Estate Closing Letters
Starting October 28, a new $67 user fee will apply to any estate that requests an estate tax closing letter for its federal estate tax return. This closing letter is formally referred to as IRS Letter 627.
By law, federal agencies are required to charge a user fee to cover the cost of providing certain services to the public that confer a special benefit to the recipient. Moreover, agencies must review these fees every two years to determine whether they are recovering the cost of these services. Under the final regulations, the IRS determined that issuing closing letters is a service that confers a special benefit warranting a user fee. Even though obtaining a closing letter from the IRS can be helpful to an executor of an estate, it is not required by law.
The estate has the option of obtaining from the IRS an account transcript, showing certain information from the estate tax return. It is comparable to that found in a closing letter and maybe an acceptable substitute for the estate tax closing letter.
Account transcripts can be used to confirm that an estate tax examination has been completed and the IRS file has been closed. It is the reason that is most often cited for requesting a closing letter. They are available online (and free of charge) to registered tax professionals using the Transcript Delivery System (TDS) or authorized representatives making requests using Form 4506-T.
Closing letter requests and payment of the user fee must be made using Pay.gov, a U.S. Department of the Treasury program, and a secure way to pay U.S. Federal Government Agencies.
Please contact the office with any questions.