My mother is recently deceased and I have officially finished tearing through her things. I found a filing cabinet that SHOULD have had her taxes in, and a fire safe that also should have had them in, but alas, neither did. I was very careful about going through all the papers around the house before getting rid of anything and I either threw out or moved everything in the place. But I have not found my mother's previous 5 years of tax history. I'm positive I looked through all the materials on my end. Tax documents are very distinctive
My question is, where else could they theoretically be? I'm absolutely certain that they aren't with me.
My mother used to get audited every year and she also had a dependent with a mental disability under her care. She often had to fight with the government over her taxes and whether that dependent was supposed to get his disability payments.
My idea is that she may have mailed them into the government sometime for an audit of some kind. In which case, would the government know that she's deceased and mail them back to her next of kin(me) or would they have sent them to the apartment she used to live in which is empty as of now?