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  • Notifying us of a deceased person

    When someone has died, it is a good idea to let us know about their death if the deceased person:

    • had a tax file number (TFN)
    • has ever lodged a tax return
    • should have lodged a tax return.

    If you are the authorised person you can complete a notification form online or by paper to officially notify us.

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    How to notify us that someone has died

    There are two ways you can let us know that someone has died.

    Unofficial notification of death

    To give an unofficial notification of a death, phone us to speak with a customer service representative.

    Any of the following people are authorised to notify us of a death:

    • an authorised contact of the deceased person
    • next of kin.

    This will stop mail being sent until we receive an official notification of death.

    Official notification of death

    We may receive information from other government agencies notifying us that someone has died. We will use this information to update our records.

    You can officially notify us using the Australia Post online form or by completing the paper form.

    If you lodge online, you must:

    • provide a contact phone number
    • attend an interview at a participating Australia Post outlet
    • take the death certificate (or a certified copy) to the interview.

    If you complete the paper form Notification of a deceased person (NAT 74279), you must include a certified copy of the death certificate. Post the notification to the address on the form.

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    Notifying us if you are the authorised person

    If you are the nominated executor with grant of probate or an administrator with letters of administration, you will need to either:

    This will allow us to record you as the legal personal representative (LPR) and add your contact information on the deceased person's record.

    You may need to request any mail that may have been stopped when an unofficial notification was provided.

    If you are an executor or family member without probate or letters of administration we can still talk to you. However, we may not be able to disclose certain information or transfer assets to you (such as an income tax refund due to the deceased person).

    Using a solicitor or tax agent

    If you as the LPRengage a solicitor or tax agent to help you administer the estate, they will be added as authorised contacts on the deceased person's record. The tax agent you appoint will be able to access this record through Online services for agents.

    If you are an executor or family member without grant of probate or letters of administration, we can't record you or your representative as authorised contacts on the deceased person's record. We will note that a representative has been appointed and we may be able to lawfully disclose some information to them. However, this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Notifying the super fund

    You should also contact the deceased person's super fund to let them know that the person has died and discuss the release of their super, if you are:

    • a potential beneficiary of a deceased person's superannuation (super)
    • the LPR of their estate.

    Business partnership

    If the deceased person is a partner of a partnership on their death the partnership is dissolved.

    A partnership is an association of people who carry on a business and distribute income or losses between themselves.

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    Last modified: 29 Apr 2021QC 49903