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Military turbo tax Publication 559 - Main Content Table of Contents Personal RepresentativeDuties Fees Received by Personal Representatives Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040Name, Address, and Signature When and Where To File Filing Requirements Income To Include Exemptions and Deductions Credits, Other Taxes, and Payments Tax Forgiveness for Armed Forces Members, Victims of Terrorism, and Astronauts Filing Reminders Other Tax InformationTax Benefits for Survivors Income in Respect of a Decedent Deductions in Respect of a Decedent Estate Tax Deduction Gifts, Insurance, and Inheritances Other Items of Income Income Tax Return of an Estate— Form 1041Filing Requirements Income To Include Exemption and Deductions Credits, Tax, and Payments Name, Address, and Signature When and Where To File Distributions to BeneficiariesIncome That Must Be Distributed Currently Other Amounts Distributed Discharge of a Legal Obligation Character of Distributions How and When To Report Bequest Termination of Estate Estate and Gift TaxesApplicable Credit Amount Gift Tax Estate Tax Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Comprehensive ExampleFinal Return for Decedent—Form 1040 Income Tax Return of an Estate—Form 1041 How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Personal Representative A personal representative of an estate is an executor, administrator, or anyone who is in charge of the decedent's property. Military turbo tax Generally, an executor (or executrix) is named in a decedent's will to administer the estate and distribute properties as the decedent has directed. Military turbo tax An administrator (or administratrix) is usually appointed by the court if no will exists, if no executor was named in the will, or if the named executor cannot or will not serve. Military turbo tax In general, an executor and an administrator perform the same duties and have the same responsibilities. Military turbo tax For estate tax purposes, if there is no executor or administrator appointed, qualified, and acting within the United States, the term “executor” includes anyone in actual or constructive possession of any property of the decedent. Military turbo tax It includes, among others, the decedent's agents and representatives; safe-deposit companies, warehouse companies, and other custodians of property in this country; brokers holding securities of the decedent as collateral; and the debtors of the decedent who are in this country. Military turbo tax Duties The primary duties of a personal representative are to collect all the decedent's assets, pay his or her creditors, and distribute the remaining assets to the heirs or other beneficiaries. Military turbo tax The personal representative also must perform the following duties. Military turbo tax Apply for an employer identification number (EIN) for the estate. Military turbo tax File all tax returns, including income, estate and gift tax returns, when due. Military turbo tax Pay the tax determined up to the date of discharge from duties. Military turbo tax Other duties of the personal representative in federal tax matters are discussed in other sections of this publication. Military turbo tax If any beneficiary is a nonresident alien, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities, for information on the personal representative's duties as a withholding agent. Military turbo tax Penalty. Military turbo tax   There is a penalty for failure to file a tax return when due unless the failure is due to reasonable cause. Military turbo tax Reliance on an agent (attorney, accountant, etc. Military turbo tax ) is not reasonable cause for late filing. Military turbo tax It is the personal representative's duty to file the returns for the decedent and the estate when due. Military turbo tax Identification number. Military turbo tax   The first action you should take if you are the personal representative for the decedent is to apply for an EIN for the estate. Military turbo tax You should apply for this number as soon as possible because you need to enter it on returns, statements, and other documents you file concerning the estate. Military turbo tax You also must give the number to payers of interest and dividends and other payers who must file a return concerning the estate. Military turbo tax   You can get an EIN by applying online at www. Military turbo tax irs. Military turbo tax gov (click on "Apply for an EIN Online" under the Tools heading). Military turbo tax Generally, if you apply online, you will receive your EIN immediately upon completing the application. Military turbo tax You can also apply using Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. Military turbo tax Generally, if you apply by mail, it takes about 4 weeks to get your EIN. Military turbo tax See the form instructions for other ways to apply. Military turbo tax   Payers of interest and dividends report amounts on Forms 1099 using the identification number of the person to whom the account is payable. Military turbo tax After a decedent's death, Forms 1099 must reflect the identification number of the estate or beneficiary to whom the amounts are payable. Military turbo tax As the personal representative handling the estate, you must furnish this identification number to the payer. Military turbo tax For example, if interest is payable to the estate, the estate's EIN must be provided to the payer and used to report the interest on Form 1099-INT, Interest Income. Military turbo tax If the interest is payable to a surviving joint owner, the survivor's identification number, such as an SSN or ITIN, must be provided to the payer and used to report the interest. Military turbo tax   If the estate or a survivor may receive interest or dividends after you inform the payer of the decedent's death, the payer should give you (or the survivor) a Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (or a similar substitute form). Military turbo tax Complete this form to inform the payer of the estate's (or if completed by the survivor, the survivor's) identification number and return it to the payer. Military turbo tax    Do not use the deceased individual's identifying number to file an individual income tax return after the decedent's final tax return. Military turbo tax Also do not use it to make estimated tax payments for a tax year after the year of death. Military turbo tax Penalty. Military turbo tax   If you do not include the EIN or the taxpayer identification number of another person where it is required on a return, statement, or other document, you are liable for a penalty for each failure, unless you can show reasonable cause. Military turbo tax You also are liable for a penalty if you do not give the taxpayer identification number of another person when required on a return, statement, or other document. Military turbo tax Notice of fiduciary relationship. Military turbo tax   The term fiduciary means any person acting for another person. Military turbo tax It applies to persons who have positions of trust on behalf of others. Military turbo tax A personal representative for a decedent's estate is a fiduciary. Military turbo tax Form 56. Military turbo tax   If you are appointed to act in a fiduciary capacity for another, you must file a written notice with the IRS stating this. Military turbo tax Form 56, Notice Concerning Fiduciary Relationship, is used for this purpose. Military turbo tax See the Instructions for Form 56 for filing requirements and other information. Military turbo tax   File Form 56 as soon as all the necessary information (including the EIN) is available. Military turbo tax It notifies the IRS that you, as the fiduciary, are assuming the powers, rights, duties, and privileges of the decedent. Military turbo tax The notice remains in effect until you notify the IRS (by filing another Form 56) that your fiduciary relationship with the estate has terminated. Military turbo tax Termination of fiduciary relationship. Military turbo tax   Form 56 should also be filed to notify the IRS if your fiduciary relationship is terminated or when a successor fiduciary is appointed if the estate has not been terminated. Military turbo tax See Form 56 and its instructions for more information. Military turbo tax   At the time of termination of the fiduciary relationship, you may want to file Form 4810, Request for Prompt Assessment Under Internal Revenue Code Section 6501(d), and Form 5495, Request for Discharge From Personal Liability Under Internal Revenue Code Section 2204 or 6905, to wind up your duties as fiduciary. Military turbo tax See below for a discussion of these forms. Military turbo tax Request for prompt assessment (charge) of tax. Military turbo tax   The IRS ordinarily has 3 years from the date an income tax return is filed, or its due date, whichever is later, to charge any additional tax due. Military turbo tax However, as a personal representative, you may request a prompt assessment of tax after the return has been filed. Military turbo tax This reduces the time for making the assessment to 18 months from the date the written request for prompt assessment was received. Military turbo tax This request can be made for any tax return (except the estate tax return) of the decedent or the decedent's estate. Military turbo tax This may permit a quicker settlement of the tax liability of the estate and an earlier final distribution of the assets to the beneficiaries. Military turbo tax Form 4810. Military turbo tax   Form 4810 can be used for making this request. Military turbo tax It must be filed separately from any other document. Military turbo tax   As the personal representative for the decedent's estate, you are responsible for any additional taxes that may be due. Military turbo tax You can request prompt assessment of any of the decedent's taxes (other than federal estate taxes) for any years for which the statutory period for assessment is open. Military turbo tax This applies even though the returns were filed before the decedent's death. Military turbo tax Failure to report income. Military turbo tax   If you or the decedent failed to report substantial amounts of gross income (more than 25% of the gross income reported on the return) or filed a false or fraudulent return, your request for prompt assessment will not shorten the period during which the IRS may assess the additional tax. Military turbo tax However, such a request may relieve you of personal liability for the tax if you did not have knowledge of the unpaid tax. Military turbo tax Request for discharge from personal liability for tax. Military turbo tax   An executor can make a request for discharge from personal liability for a decedent's income, gift, and estate taxes. Military turbo tax The request must be made after the returns for those taxes are filed. Military turbo tax To make the request, file Form 5495. Military turbo tax For this purpose, an executor is an executor or administrator that is appointed, qualified, and acting within the United States. Military turbo tax   Within 9 months after receipt of the request, the IRS will notify the executor of the amount of taxes due. Military turbo tax If this amount is paid, the executor will be discharged from personal liability for any future deficiencies. Military turbo tax If the IRS has not notified the executor, he or she will be discharged from personal liability at the end of the 9-month period. Military turbo tax    Even if the executor is discharged from personal liability, the IRS will still be able to assess tax deficiencies against the executor to the extent he or she still has any of the decedent's property. Military turbo tax Insolvent estate. Military turbo tax   Generally, if a decedent's estate is insufficient to pay all the decedent's debts, the debts due to the United States must be paid first. Military turbo tax Both the decedent's federal income tax liabilities at the time of death and the estate's income tax liability are debts due to the United States. Military turbo tax The personal representative of an insolvent estate is personally responsible for any tax liability of the decedent or of the estate if he or she had notice of such tax obligations or failed to exercise due care in determining if such obligations existed before distribution of the estate's assets and before being discharged from duties. Military turbo tax The extent of such personal responsibility is the amount of any other payments made before paying the debts due to the United States, except where such other debt paid has priority over the debts due to the United States. Military turbo tax Income tax liabilities need not be formally assessed for the personal representative to be liable if he or she was aware or should have been aware of their existence. Military turbo tax Fees Received by Personal Representatives All personal representatives must include fees paid to them from an estate in their gross income. Military turbo tax If you are not in the trade or business of being an executor (for instance, you are the executor of a friend's or relative's estate), report these fees on your Form 1040, line 21. Military turbo tax If you are in the trade or business of being an executor, report fees received from the estate as self-employment income on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ of your Form 1040. Military turbo tax If the estate operates a trade or business and you, as executor, actively participate in the trade or business while fulfilling your duties, any fees you receive related to the operation of the trade or business must be reported as self-employment income on Schedule C (or Schedule C-EZ) of your Form 1040. Military turbo tax Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040 The personal representative (defined earlier) must file the final income tax return (Form 1040) of the decedent for the year of death and any returns not filed for preceding years. Military turbo tax A surviving spouse, under certain circumstances, may have to file the returns for the decedent. Military turbo tax See Joint Return, later. Military turbo tax Return for preceding year. Military turbo tax   If an individual died after the close of the tax year, but before the return for that year was filed, the return for the year just closed will not be the final return. Military turbo tax The return for that year will be a regular return and the personal representative must file it. Military turbo tax Example. Military turbo tax Samantha Smith died on March 21, 2013, before filing her 2012 tax return. Military turbo tax Her personal representative must file her 2012 return by April 15, 2013. Military turbo tax Her final tax return covering the period from January 1, 2013, to March 20, 2013, is due April 15, 2014. Military turbo tax Name, Address, and Signature Write the word “DECEASED,” the decedent's name, and the date of death across the top of the tax return. Military turbo tax If filing a joint return, write the name and address of the decedent and the surviving spouse in the name and address fields. Military turbo tax If a joint return is not being filed, write the decedent's name in the name field and the personal representative's name and address in the address field. Military turbo tax Third party designee. Military turbo tax   You can check the “Yes” box in the Third Party Designee area on page 2 of the return to authorize the IRS to discuss the return with a friend, family member, or any other person you choose. Military turbo tax This allows the IRS to call the person you identified as the designee to answer any questions that may arise during the processing of the return. Military turbo tax It also allows the designee to perform certain actions. Military turbo tax See the Instructions for Form 1040 for details. Military turbo tax Signature. Military turbo tax   If a personal representative has been appointed, that person must sign the return. Military turbo tax If it is a joint return, the surviving spouse must also sign it. Military turbo tax If no personal representative has been appointed, the surviving spouse (on a joint return) signs the return and writes in the signature area “Filing as surviving spouse. Military turbo tax ” If no personal representative has been appointed and if there is no surviving spouse, the person in charge of the decedent's property must file and sign the return as “personal representative. Military turbo tax ” Paid preparer. Military turbo tax   If you pay someone to prepare, assist in preparing, or review the tax return, that person must sign the return and fill in the other blanks in the Paid Preparer Use Only area of the return. Military turbo tax See the Form 1040 instructions for details. Military turbo tax When and Where To File The final income tax return is due at the same time the decedent's return would have been due had death not occurred. Military turbo tax A final return for a decedent who was a calendar year taxpayer is generally due on April 15 following the year of death, regardless of when during that year death occurred. Military turbo tax However, when the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the return is filed timely if filed by the next business day. Military turbo tax The tax return must be prepared for the year of death regardless of when during the year death occurred. Military turbo tax Generally, you must file the final income tax return of the decedent with the Internal Revenue Service Center for the place where you live. Military turbo tax A tax return for a decedent can be electronically filed. Military turbo tax A personal representative may also obtain an income tax filing extension on behalf of a decedent. Military turbo tax Filing Requirements The gross income, age, and filing status of a decedent generally determine whether a return must be filed. Military turbo tax Gross income is all income received by an individual from any source in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not tax-exempt. Military turbo tax It includes gross receipts from self-employment, but if the business involves manufacturing, merchandising, or mining, subtract any cost of goods sold. Military turbo tax In general, filing status depends on whether the decedent was considered single or married at the time of death. Military turbo tax See the income tax return instructions or Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Military turbo tax Refund A return must be filed to obtain a refund if tax was withheld from salaries, wages, pensions, or annuities, or if estimated tax was paid, even if a return is not otherwise required to be filed. Military turbo tax Also, the decedent may be entitled to other credits that result in a refund. Military turbo tax These advance payments of tax and credits are discussed later under Credits, Other Taxes, and Payments. Military turbo tax Form 1310, Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer. Military turbo tax   Form 1310 does not have to be filed if you are claiming a refund and you are: A surviving spouse filing an original or amended joint return with the decedent, or A court-appointed or certified personal representative filing the decedent’s original return and a copy of the court certificate showing your appointment is attached to the return. Military turbo tax   If the personal representative is filing a claim for refund on Form 1040X, Amended U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax Individual Income Tax Return, or Form 843, Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement, and the court certificate has already been filed with the IRS, attach Form 1310 and write “Certificate Previously Filed” at the bottom of the form. Military turbo tax Example. Military turbo tax Edward Green died before filing his tax return. Military turbo tax You were appointed the personal representative for Edward's estate, and you file his Form 1040 showing a refund due. Military turbo tax You do not need Form 1310 to claim the refund if you attach a copy of the court certificate showing you were appointed the personal representative. Military turbo tax    If you are a surviving spouse and you receive a tax refund check in both your name and your deceased spouse's name, you can have the check reissued in your name alone. Military turbo tax Return the joint-name check marked “VOID” to your local IRS office or the service center where you mailed your return, along with a written request for reissuance of the refund check. Military turbo tax A new check will be issued in your name and mailed to you. Military turbo tax Death certificate. Military turbo tax   When filing the decedent's final income tax return, do not attach the death certificate or other proof of death to the final return. Military turbo tax Instead, keep it for your records and provide it if requested. Military turbo tax Nonresident Alien If the decedent was a nonresident alien who would have had to file Form 1040NR, U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, you must file that form for the decedent's final tax year. Military turbo tax See the Instructions for Form 1040NR for the filing requirements, due date, and where to file. Military turbo tax Joint Return Generally, the personal representative and the surviving spouse can file a joint return for the decedent and the surviving spouse. Military turbo tax However, the surviving spouse alone can file the joint return if no personal representative has been appointed before the due date for filing the final joint return for the year of death. Military turbo tax This also applies to the return for the preceding year if the decedent died after the close of the preceding tax year and before filing the return for that year. Military turbo tax The income of the decedent that was includible on his or her return for the year up to the date of death (see Income To Include, later) and the income of the surviving spouse for the entire year must be included in the final joint return. Military turbo tax A final joint return with the decedent cannot be filed if the surviving spouse remarried before the end of the year of the decedent's death. Military turbo tax The filing status of the decedent in this instance is married filing a separate return. Military turbo tax For information about tax benefits to which a surviving spouse may be entitled, see Tax Benefits for Survivors, later, under Other Tax Information. Military turbo tax Personal representative may revoke joint return election. Military turbo tax   A court-appointed personal representative may revoke an election to file a joint return previously made by the surviving spouse alone. Military turbo tax This is done by filing a separate return for the decedent within one year from the due date of the return (including any extensions). Military turbo tax The joint return made by the surviving spouse will then be regarded as the separate return of that spouse by excluding the decedent's items and refiguring the tax liability. Military turbo tax Relief from joint liability. Military turbo tax   In some cases, one spouse may be relieved of joint liability for tax, interest, and penalties on a joint return for items of the other spouse that were incorrectly reported on the joint return. Military turbo tax If the decedent qualified for this relief while alive, the personal representative can pursue an existing request, or file a request, for relief from joint liability. Military turbo tax For information on requesting this relief, see Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief. Military turbo tax Income To Include The decedent's income includible on the final return is generally determined as if the person were still alive except that the taxable period is usually shorter because it ends on the date of death. Military turbo tax The method of accounting regularly used by the decedent before death also determines the income includible on the final return. Military turbo tax This section explains how some types of income are reported on the final return. Military turbo tax For more information about accounting methods, see Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods. Military turbo tax Cash Method If the decedent accounted for income under the cash method, only those items actually or constructively received before death are included on the final return. Military turbo tax Constructive receipt of income. Military turbo tax   Interest from coupons on the decedent's bonds is constructively received by the decedent if the coupons matured in the decedent's final tax year, but had not been cashed. Military turbo tax Include the interest income on the final return. Military turbo tax   Generally, a dividend is considered constructively received if it was available for use by the decedent without restriction. Military turbo tax If the corporation customarily mailed its dividend checks, the dividend was includible when received. Military turbo tax If the individual died between the time the dividend was declared and the time it was received in the mail, the decedent did not constructively receive it before death. Military turbo tax Do not include the dividend in the final return. Military turbo tax Accrual Method Generally, under an accrual method of accounting, income is reported when earned. Military turbo tax If the decedent used an accrual method, only the income items normally accrued before death are included on the final return. Military turbo tax Interest and Dividend Income (Forms 1099) Form(s) 1099 reporting interest and dividends earned by the decedent before death should be received and the amounts included on the decedent's final return. Military turbo tax A separate Form 1099 should show the interest and dividends earned after the date of the decedent's death and paid to the estate or other recipient that must include those amounts on its return. Military turbo tax You can request corrected Forms 1099 if these forms do not properly reflect the right recipient or amounts. Military turbo tax For example, a Form 1099-INT, reporting interest payable to the decedent, may include income that should be reported on the final income tax return of the decedent, as well as income that the estate or other recipient should report, either as income earned after death or as income in respect of the decedent (discussed later). Military turbo tax For income earned after death, you should ask the payer for a Form 1099 that properly identifies the recipient (by name and identification number) and the proper amount. Military turbo tax If that is not possible, or if the form includes an amount that represents income in respect of the decedent, report the interest as shown next under How to report. Military turbo tax See U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax savings bonds acquired from decedent under Income in Respect of a Decedent, later, for information on savings bond interest that may have to be reported on the final return. Military turbo tax How to report. Military turbo tax   If you are preparing the decedent's final return and you have received a Form 1099-INT for the decedent that includes amounts belonging to the decedent and to another recipient (the decedent's estate or another beneficiary), report the total interest shown on Form 1099-INT on Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040), Interest and Ordinary Dividends. Military turbo tax Next, enter a subtotal of the interest shown on Forms 1099, and the interest reportable from other sources for which you did not receive Forms 1099. Military turbo tax Then, show any interest (including any interest you receive as a nominee) belonging to another recipient separately and subtract it from the subtotal. Military turbo tax Identify the amount of this adjustment as “Nominee Distribution” or other appropriate designation. Military turbo tax   Report dividend income for which you received a Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, on the appropriate schedule using the same procedure. Military turbo tax    Note. Military turbo tax If the decedent received amounts as a nominee, you must give the actual owner a Form 1099, unless the owner is the decedent's spouse. Military turbo tax See General Instructions for Certain Information Returns (Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, and W-2G) for more information on filing Forms 1099. Military turbo tax Partnership Income The death of a partner closes the partnership's tax year for that partner. Military turbo tax Generally, it does not close the partnership's tax year for the remaining partners. Military turbo tax The decedent's distributive share of partnership items must be figured as if the partnership's tax year ended on the date the partner died. Military turbo tax To avoid an interim closing of the partnership books, the partners can agree to estimate the decedent's distributive share by prorating the amounts the partner would have included for the entire partnership tax year. Military turbo tax On the decedent's final return, include the decedent's distributive share of partnership items for the following periods. Military turbo tax The partnership's tax year that ended within or with the decedent's final tax year (the year ending on the date of death). Military turbo tax The period, if any, from the end of the partnership's tax year in (1) to the decedent's date of death. Military turbo tax Example. Military turbo tax Mary Smith was a partner in XYZ partnership and reported her income on a tax year ending December 31. Military turbo tax The partnership uses a tax year ending June 30. Military turbo tax Mary died August 31, 2013, and her estate established its tax year through August 31. Military turbo tax The distributive share of partnership items based on the decedent's partnership interest is reported as follows. Military turbo tax Final Return for the Decedent—January 1 through August 31, 2013, includes XYZ partnership items from (a) the partnership tax year ending June 30, 2013, and (b) the partnership tax year beginning July 1, 2013, and ending August 31, 2013 (the date of death). Military turbo tax Income Tax Return of the Estate—September 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014, includes XYZ partnership items for the period September 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. Military turbo tax S Corporation Income If the decedent was a shareholder in an S corporation, include on the final return the decedent's share of the S corporation's items of income, loss, deduction, and credit for the following periods. Military turbo tax The corporation's tax year that ended within or with the decedent's final tax year (the year ending on the date of death). Military turbo tax The period, if any, from the end of the corporation's tax year in (1) to the decedent's date of death. Military turbo tax Self-Employment Income Include self-employment income actually or constructively received or accrued, depending on the decedent's accounting method. Military turbo tax For self-employment tax purposes only, the decedent's self-employment income will include the decedent's distributive share of a partnership's income or loss through the end of the month in which death occurred. Military turbo tax For this purpose, the partnership's income or loss is considered to be earned ratably over the partnership's tax year. Military turbo tax Community Income If the decedent was married and domiciled in a community property state, half of the income received and half of the expenses paid during the decedent's tax year by either the decedent or spouse may be considered to be the income and expenses of the other. Military turbo tax For more information, see Publication 555, Community Property. Military turbo tax HSA, Archer MSA, or Medicare Advantage MSA The treatment of an HSA (health savings account), an Archer MSA (medical savings account), or a Medicare Advantage MSA at the death of the account holder, depends on who acquires the interest in the account. Military turbo tax If the decedent's estate acquires the interest, the fair market value (FMV) of the assets in the account on the date of death is included in income on the decedent's final return. Military turbo tax The estate tax deduction, discussed later, does not apply to this amount. Military turbo tax If a beneficiary acquires the interest, see the discussion under Income in Respect of a Decedent, later. Military turbo tax For other information on HSAs, Archer MSAs, or Medicare Advantage MSAs, see Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans. Military turbo tax Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) Generally, the balance in a Coverdell ESA must be distributed within 30 days after the individual for whom the account was established reaches age 30, or dies, whichever is earlier. Military turbo tax The treatment of the Coverdell ESA at the death of an individual under age 30 depends on who acquires the interest in the account. Military turbo tax If the decedent's estate acquires the interest, the earnings on the account must be included on the final income tax return of the decedent. Military turbo tax The estate tax deduction, discussed later, does not apply to this amount. Military turbo tax If a beneficiary acquires the interest, see the discussion under Income in Respect of a Decedent, later. Military turbo tax The age 30 limitation does not apply if the individual for whom the account was established or the beneficiary that acquires the account is an individual with special needs. Military turbo tax This includes an individual who, because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition (including a learning disability), requires additional time to complete his or her education. Military turbo tax For more information on Coverdell ESAs, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Military turbo tax Accelerated Death Benefits Accelerated death benefits are amounts received under a life insurance contract before the death of the insured individual. Military turbo tax These benefits also include amounts received on the sale or assignment of the contract to a viatical settlement provider. Military turbo tax Generally, if the decedent received accelerated death benefits on the life of a terminally or chronically ill individual, whether on his or her own life or on the life of another person, those benefits are not included in the decedent's income. Military turbo tax For more information, see the discussion under Gifts, Insurance, and Inheritances under Other Tax Information, later. Military turbo tax Exemptions and Deductions Generally, the rules for exemptions and deductions allowed to an individual also apply to the decedent's final income tax return. Military turbo tax Show on the final return deductible items the decedent paid (or accrued, if the decedent reported deductions on an accrual method) before death. Military turbo tax This section contains a detailed discussion of medical expenses because the tax treatment of the decedent's medical expenses can be different. Military turbo tax See Medical Expenses, later. Military turbo tax Exemptions You can claim the decedent's personal exemption on the final income tax return. Military turbo tax If the decedent was another person's dependent (for example, a parent's), you cannot claim the personal exemption on the decedent's final return. Military turbo tax Standard Deduction If you do not itemize deductions on the final return, the full amount of the appropriate standard deduction is allowed regardless of the date of death. Military turbo tax For information on the appropriate standard deduction, see the Form 1040 income tax return instructions or Publication 501. Military turbo tax Medical Expenses Medical expenses paid before death by the decedent are deductible, subject to limits, on the final income tax return if deductions are itemized. Military turbo tax This includes expenses for the decedent, as well as for the decedent's spouse and dependents. Military turbo tax Beginning in 2013, medical expenses exceeding 10% of adjusted gross income (AGI) may be deducted, unless the decedent or their spouse is age 65 or older. Military turbo tax In that case medical expenses exceeding 7. Military turbo tax 5% of AGI may be deducted. Military turbo tax Qualified medical expenses are not deductible if paid with a tax-free distribution from an HSA or an Archer MSA. Military turbo tax Election for decedent's expenses. Military turbo tax   Medical expenses not paid before death are liabilities of the estate and are shown on the federal estate tax return (Form 706). Military turbo tax However, if medical expenses for the decedent are paid out of the estate during the 1-year period beginning with the day after death, you can elect to treat all or part of the expenses as paid by the decedent at the time they were incurred. Military turbo tax   If you make the election, you can claim all or part of the expenses on the decedent's income tax return (if deductions are itemized) rather than on the federal estate tax return (Form 706). Military turbo tax You can deduct expenses incurred in the year of death on the final income tax return. Military turbo tax You should file an amended return (Form 1040X) for medical expenses incurred in an earlier year, unless the statutory period for filing a claim for that year has expired. Military turbo tax   The amount you can deduct on the income tax return is the amount above 10% of adjusted gross income (or 7. Military turbo tax 5% of adjusted gross income if the decedent or the decedent's spouse was born before January 2, 1949). Military turbo tax Amounts not deductible because of this percentage cannot be claimed on the federal estate tax return. Military turbo tax Making the election. Military turbo tax   You make the election by attaching a statement, in duplicate, to the decedent's income tax return or amended return. Military turbo tax The statement must state that you have not claimed the amount as an estate tax deduction, and that the estate waives the right to claim the amount as a deduction. Military turbo tax This election applies only to expenses incurred for the decedent, not to expenses incurred to provide medical care for dependents. Military turbo tax Example. Military turbo tax Richard Brown used the cash method of accounting and filed his income tax return on a calendar year basis. Military turbo tax Richard died on June 1, 2013, at the age of 78, after incurring $800 in medical expenses. Military turbo tax Of that amount, $500 was incurred in 2012 and $300 was incurred in 2013. Military turbo tax Richard itemized his deductions when he filed his 2012 income tax return. Military turbo tax The personal representative of the estate paid the entire $800 liability in August 2013. Military turbo tax The personal representative may file an amended return (Form 1040X) for 2012 claiming the $500 medical expense as a deduction, subject to the 7. Military turbo tax 5% limit. Military turbo tax The $300 of expenses incurred in 2013 can be deducted on the final income tax return if deductions are itemized, subject to the 7. Military turbo tax 5% limit. Military turbo tax The personal representative must file a statement in duplicate with each return stating that these amounts have not been claimed on the federal estate tax return (Form 706), and waiving the right to claim such a deduction on Form 706 in the future. Military turbo tax Medical expenses not paid by estate. Military turbo tax   If you paid medical expenses for your deceased spouse or dependent, claim the expenses on your tax return for the year in which you paid them, whether they are paid before or after the decedent's death. Military turbo tax If the decedent was a child of divorced or separated parents, the medical expenses can usually be claimed by both the custodial and noncustodial parent to the extent paid by that parent during the year. Military turbo tax Insurance reimbursements. Military turbo tax   Insurance reimbursements of previously deducted medical expenses due a decedent at the time of death and later received by the decedent's estate are includible in the income tax return of the estate (Form 1041) for the year the reimbursements are received. Military turbo tax The reimbursements are also includible in the decedent's gross estate. Military turbo tax No deduction for funeral expenses can be taken on the final Form 1040 of a decedent. Military turbo tax These expenses may be deductible for estate tax purposes on Form 706. Military turbo tax Deduction for Losses A decedent's net operating loss deduction from a prior year and any capital losses (including capital loss carryovers) can be deducted only on the decedent's final income tax return. Military turbo tax A net operating loss on the decedent's final income tax return can be carried back to prior years. Military turbo tax (See Publication 536, Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts. Military turbo tax ) You cannot deduct any unused net operating loss or capital loss on the estate's income tax return. Military turbo tax At-risk loss limits. Military turbo tax   Special at-risk rules apply to most activities that are engaged in as a trade or business or for the production of income. Military turbo tax   These rules limit the deductible loss to the amount which the individual was considered at-risk in the activity. Military turbo tax An individual generally will be considered at-risk to the extent of the money and the adjusted basis of property that he or she contributed to the activity and certain amounts the individual borrowed for use in the activity. Military turbo tax An individual will be considered at-risk for amounts borrowed only if he or she was personally liable for the repayment or if the amounts borrowed were secured by property other than that used in the activity. Military turbo tax The individual is not considered at-risk for borrowed amounts if the lender has an interest in the activity or if the lender is related to a person who has an interest in the activity. Military turbo tax For more information, see Publication 925, Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules. Military turbo tax Passive activity rules. Military turbo tax   A passive activity is any trade or business activity in which the taxpayer does not materially participate. Military turbo tax To determine material participation, see Publication 925. Military turbo tax Rental activities are passive activities regardless of the taxpayer's participation, unless the taxpayer meets certain eligibility requirements. Military turbo tax   Individuals, estates, and trusts can offset passive activity losses only against passive activity income. Military turbo tax Passive activity losses or credits not allowed in one tax year can be carried forward to the next year. Military turbo tax   If a passive activity interest is transferred because a taxpayer dies, the accumulated unused passive activity losses are allowed as a deduction against the decedent's income in the year of death. Military turbo tax Losses are allowed only to the extent they are greater than the excess of the transferee's (recipient of the interest transferred) basis in the property over the decedent's adjusted basis in the property immediately before death. Military turbo tax The part of the accumulated losses equal to the excess is not allowed as a deduction for any tax year. Military turbo tax   Use Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations, to summarize losses and income from passive activities and to figure the amounts allowed. Military turbo tax For more information, see Publication 925. Military turbo tax Credits, Other Taxes, and Payments Discussed below are some of the tax credits, types of taxes that may be owed, income tax withheld, and estimated tax payments reported on the final return of a decedent. Military turbo tax Credits On the final income tax return, you can claim any tax credits that applied to the decedent before death. Military turbo tax Some of these credits are discussed next. Military turbo tax Earned income credit. Military turbo tax   If the decedent was an eligible individual, you can claim the earned income credit on the decedent's final return even though the return covers less than 12 months. Military turbo tax If the allowable credit is more than the tax liability for the year, the excess is refunded. Military turbo tax   For more information, see Publication 596, Earned Income Credit (EIC). Military turbo tax Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Military turbo tax   This credit is allowable on a decedent's final income tax return if the decedent met both of the following requirements in the year of death. Military turbo tax The decedent: Was a “qualified individual,” and Had income (adjusted gross income (AGI) and nontaxable social security and pensions) less than certain limits. Military turbo tax   For details on qualifying for or figuring the credit, see Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Military turbo tax Child tax credit. Military turbo tax   If the decedent had a qualifying child, you may be able to claim the child tax credit on the decedent's final return even though the return covers less than 12 months. Military turbo tax You may be able to claim the additional child tax credit and get a refund if the credit is more than the decedent's liability. Military turbo tax For more information, see the Instructions for Form 1040. Military turbo tax Adoption credit. Military turbo tax   Depending upon when the adoption was finalized, this credit may be taken on a decedent's final income tax return if the decedent: Adopted an eligible child and paid qualified adoption expenses, or Has a carryforward of an adoption credit from a prior year. Military turbo tax   Also, if the decedent is survived by a spouse who meets the filing status of qualifying widow(er), unused adoption credit may be carried forward and used following the death of the decedent. Military turbo tax See Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, and its instructions for more details. Military turbo tax General business tax credit. Military turbo tax   The general business credit available to a taxpayer is limited. Military turbo tax Any credit arising in a tax year beginning before 1998 that has not been used up can be carried forward for up to 15 years. Military turbo tax Any unused credit arising in a tax year beginning after 1997 has a 1-year carryback and a 20-year carryforward period. Military turbo tax   After the carryforward period, a deduction may be allowed for any unused business credit. Military turbo tax If the taxpayer dies before the end of the carryforward period, the deduction generally is allowed in the year of death. Military turbo tax   For more information on the general business credit, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Military turbo tax Other Taxes Taxes other than income tax that may be owed on the final return of a decedent include self-employment tax and alternative minimum tax, which are reported on Form 1040. Military turbo tax Self-employment tax. Military turbo tax   Self-employment tax may be owed on the final return if either of the following applied to the decedent in the year of death: Net earnings from self-employment (excluding income described in (2)) were $400 or more; or Wages from services performed as a church employee were $108. Military turbo tax 28 or more. Military turbo tax Alternative minimum tax (AMT). Military turbo tax   The tax laws give special treatment to certain types of income and allow special deductions and credits for certain types of expenses. Military turbo tax The alternative minimum tax (AMT) was enacted so taxpayers who benefit from these laws still pay at least a minimum amount of tax. Military turbo tax In general, the AMT is the excess of the tentative minimum tax over the regular tax shown on the return. Military turbo tax Form 6251. Military turbo tax    Use Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals, to determine if this tax applies to the decedent. Military turbo tax See the form instructions for information on when you must attach Form 6251 to Form 1040. Military turbo tax Form 8801. Military turbo tax   If the decedent paid AMT in a previous year or had a credit carryforward, the decedent may be eligible for a minimum tax credit. Military turbo tax See Form 8801, Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax—Individuals, Estates, and Trusts. Military turbo tax Payments of Tax The income tax withheld from the decedent's salary, wages, pensions, or annuities, and the amount paid as estimated tax are credits (advance payments of tax) that must be claimed on the final return. Military turbo tax Tax Forgiveness for Armed Forces Members, Victims of Terrorism, and Astronauts Income tax liability may be forgiven for a decedent who dies due to service in a combat zone, due to military or terrorist actions, as a result of a terrorist attack, or while serving in the line of duty as an astronaut. Military turbo tax Combat Zone If a member of the Armed Forces of the United States dies while in active service in a combat zone or from wounds, disease, or injury incurred in a combat zone, the decedent's income tax liability is abated (forgiven) for the entire year in which death occurred and for any prior tax year ending on or after the first day the person served in a combat zone in active service. Military turbo tax For this purpose, a qualified hazardous duty area is treated as a combat zone. Military turbo tax If the tax (including interest, additions to the tax, and additional amounts) for these years has been assessed, the assessment will be forgiven. Military turbo tax If the tax has been collected (regardless of the date of collection), that tax will be credited or refunded. Military turbo tax Any of the decedent's income tax for tax years before those mentioned above that remains unpaid as of the actual (or presumptive) date of death will not be assessed. Military turbo tax If any unpaid tax (including interest, additions to the tax, and additional amounts) has been assessed, this assessment will be forgiven. Military turbo tax Also, if any tax was collected after the date of death, that amount will be credited or refunded. Military turbo tax The date of death of a member of the Armed Forces reported as missing in action or as a prisoner of war is the date his or her name is removed from missing status for military pay purposes. Military turbo tax This is true even if death actually occurred earlier. Military turbo tax For other tax information for members of the Armed Forces, see Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. Military turbo tax Military or Terrorist Actions The decedent's income tax liability is forgiven if, at death, he or she was a military or civilian employee of the United States who died because of wounds or injury incurred: While a U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax employee, and In a military or terrorist action. Military turbo tax The forgiveness applies to the tax year in which death occurred and for any earlier tax year, beginning with the year before the year in which the wounds or injury occurred. Military turbo tax Example. Military turbo tax The income tax liability of a civilian employee of the United States who died in 2013 because of wounds incurred while a U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax employee in a terrorist attack that occurred in 2008 will be forgiven for 2013 and for all prior tax years in the period 2007 through 2012. Military turbo tax Refunds are allowed for the tax years for which the period for filing a claim for refund has not ended, as discussed later. Military turbo tax Military or terrorist action defined. Military turbo tax   A military or terrorist action means the following. Military turbo tax Any terrorist activity that most of the evidence indicates was directed against the United States or any of its allies. Military turbo tax Any military action involving the U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax Armed Forces and resulting from violence or aggression against the United States or any of its allies, or the threat of such violence or aggression. Military turbo tax   Terrorist activity includes criminal offenses intended to coerce, intimidate, or retaliate against the government or civilian population. Military turbo tax Military action does not include training exercises. Military turbo tax Any multinational force in which the United States is participating is treated as an ally of the United States. Military turbo tax Determining if a terrorist activity or military action has occurred. Military turbo tax   You may rely on published guidance from the IRS to determine if a particular event is considered a terrorist activity or military action. Military turbo tax Specified Terrorist Victim The Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001 (the Act) provides tax relief for those injured or killed as a result of terrorist attacks, certain survivors of those killed as a result of terrorist attacks, and others who were affected by terrorist attacks. Military turbo tax Under the Act, the federal income tax liability of those killed in the following attacks (specified terrorist victim) is forgiven for certain tax years. Military turbo tax The April 19, 1995, terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Military turbo tax Murrah Federal Building (Oklahoma City). Military turbo tax The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Military turbo tax The terrorist attacks involving anthrax occurring after September 10, 2001, and before January 1, 2002. Military turbo tax The Act also exempts from federal income tax the following types of income. Military turbo tax Qualified disaster relief payments made after September 10, 2001, to cover personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred because of a terrorist attack. Military turbo tax Certain disability payments received in tax years ending after September 10, 2001, for injuries sustained in a terrorist attack. Military turbo tax Certain death benefits paid by an employer to the survivor of an employee because the employee died as a result of a terrorist attack. Military turbo tax Payments from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund 2001. Military turbo tax The Act also reduces the estate tax of individuals who die as a result of a terrorist attack. Military turbo tax See Publication 3920, Tax Relief for Victims of Terrorist Attacks, for more information. Military turbo tax Astronauts Legislation extended the tax relief available under the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001 (the Act) to astronauts who died in the line of duty after December 31, 2002. Military turbo tax The decedent's income tax liability is forgiven for the tax year in which death occurs, and for the tax year prior to death. Military turbo tax For information on death benefit payments and the reduction of federal estate taxes, see Publication 3920. Military turbo tax However, the discussions in that publication under Death Benefits and Estate Tax Reduction should be modified for astronauts (for example, by using the date of death of the astronaut instead of September 11, 2001). Military turbo tax For more information on the Act, see Publication 3920. Military turbo tax Claim for Credit or Refund If any of these tax-forgiveness situations applies to a prior year tax, any tax paid for which the period for filing a claim has not ended will be credited or refunded. Military turbo tax If any tax is still due, it will be canceled. Military turbo tax The normal period for filing a claim for credit or refund is 3 years after the return was filed or 2 years after the tax was paid, whichever is later. Military turbo tax If death occurred in a combat zone or from wounds, disease, or injury incurred in a combat zone, the period for filing the claim is extended by: The amount of time served in the combat zone (including any period in which the individual was in missing status), plus The period of continuous qualified hospitalization for injury from service in the combat zone, if any, plus The next 180 days. Military turbo tax Qualified hospitalization means any hospitalization outside the United States and any hospitalization in the United States of not more than 5 years. Military turbo tax This extended period for filing the claim also applies to a member of the Armed Forces who was deployed outside the United States in a designated contingency operation. Military turbo tax Filing a claim. Military turbo tax   Use the following procedures to file a claim. Military turbo tax If a U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax individual income tax return (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) has not been filed, you should make a claim for refund of any withheld income tax or estimated tax payments by filing Form 1040. Military turbo tax Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, must accompany all returns. Military turbo tax If a U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax individual income tax return has been filed, you should make a claim for refund by filing Form 1040X. Military turbo tax You must file a separate Form 1040X for each year in question. Military turbo tax   You must file these returns and claims at the following address for regular mail (U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax Postal Service). Military turbo tax    Internal Revenue Service 333 W. Military turbo tax Pershing, P5–6503 Kansas City, MO 64108   Identify all returns and claims for refund by writing “Iraq—KIA,” “Enduring Freedom—KIA,” “Kosovo Operation—KIA,” “Desert Storm—KIA,” or “Former Yugoslavia—KIA” in bold letters on the top of page 1 of the return or claim. Military turbo tax On the applicable return, write the same phrase on the line for total tax. Military turbo tax If the individual was killed in a terrorist or military action, put “KITA” on the front of the return and on the line for total tax. Military turbo tax   Include an attachment showing the computation of the decedent's tax liability and a computation of the amount to be forgiven. Military turbo tax On joint returns, make an allocation of the tax as described below under Joint returns. Military turbo tax If you cannot make a proper allocation, attach a statement of all income and deductions allocable to each spouse and the IRS will make the proper allocation. Military turbo tax   You must attach Form 1310 to all returns and claims for refund. Military turbo tax However, for exceptions to filing Form 1310, see Form 1310. Military turbo tax Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer, under Refund, earlier. Military turbo tax   You must also attach proof of death that includes a statement that the individual was a U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax employee on the date of injury and on the date of death and died as the result of a military or terrorist action. Military turbo tax For military and civilian employees of the Department of Defense, attach DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty. Military turbo tax For other U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax civilian employees killed in the United States, attach a death certificate and a certification (letter) from the federal employer. Military turbo tax For other U. Military turbo tax S. Military turbo tax civilian employees killed overseas, attach a certification from the Department of State. Military turbo tax   If you do not have enough tax information to file a timely claim for refund, you can suspend the period for filing a claim by filing Form 1040X. Military turbo tax Attach Form 1310, any required documentation currently available, and a statement that you will file an amended claim as soon as you have the required tax information. Military turbo tax Joint returns. Military turbo tax   If a joint return was filed, only the decedent's part of the income tax liability is eligible for forgiveness. Military turbo tax Determine the decedent's tax liability as follows. Military turbo tax Figure the income tax for which the decedent would have been liable if a separate return had been filed. Military turbo tax Figure the income tax for which the spouse would have been liable if a separate return had been filed. Military turbo tax Multiply the joint tax liability by a fraction. Military turbo tax The numerator of the fraction is the amount in (1), above. Military turbo tax The denominator of the fraction is the total of (1) and (2). Military turbo tax   The resulting amount from (3) above is the decedent's tax liability eligible for forgiveness. Military turbo tax Filing Reminders To minimize the time needed to process the decedent's final return and issue any refund, be sure to follow these procedures. Military turbo tax Write “DECEASED,” the decedent's name, and the date of death across the top of the tax return. Military turbo tax If a personal representative has been appointed, the personal representative must sign the return. Military turbo tax If it is a joint return, the surviving spouse must also sign it. Military turbo tax If you are the decedent's spouse filing a joint return with the decedent and no personal representative has been appointed, write “Filing as surviving spouse” in the area where you sign the return. Military turbo tax If no personal representative has been appointed and if there is no surviving spouse, the person in charge of the decedent's property must file and sign the return as “personal representative. Military turbo tax ” To claim a refund for the decedent, do the following. Military turbo tax If you are the decedent's spouse filing a joint return with the decedent, file only the tax return to claim the refund. Military turbo tax If you are the personal representative and the return is not a joint return filed with the decedent's surviving spouse, file the return and attach a copy of the certificate that shows your appointment by the court. Military turbo tax (A power of attorney or a copy of the decedent's will is not acceptable evidence of your appointment as the personal representative. Military turbo tax ) If you are filing an amended return, attach Form 1310 and a copy of the certificate of appointment (or, if you have already sent the certificate of appointment to IRS, write “Certificate Previously Filed” at the bottom of Form 1310). Military turbo tax If you are not filing a joint return as the surviving spouse and a personal representative has not been appointed, file the return and attach Form 1310. Military turbo tax Other Tax Information Discussed below is information about the effect of an individual's death on the income tax liability of the survivors (including widows and widowers), the beneficiaries, and the estate. Military turbo tax Tax Benefits for Survivors Survivors can qualify for certain benefits when filing their own income tax returns. Military turbo tax Joint return by surviving spouse. Military turbo tax   A surviving spouse can file a joint return for the year of death and may qualify for special tax rates for the following 2 years, as explained under Qualifying widows and widowers, later. Military turbo tax Decedent as your dependent. Military turbo tax   If the decedent qualified as your dependent for a part of the year before death, you can claim the exemption for the dependent on your tax return, regardless of when death occurred during the year. Military turbo tax   If the decedent was your qualifying child, you may be able to claim the child tax credit or the earned income credit. Military turbo tax To determine if you qualify for the child tax credit, see the instructions for Form 1040, line 51; Form 1040A, line 33; or Form 1040NR, line 48. Military turbo tax To determine if you qualify for the earned income credit, see the instructions for Form 1040, lines 64a and 64b or Form 1040A, lines 38a and 38b. Military turbo tax Qualifying widows and widowers. Military turbo tax   If your spouse died within the 2 tax years preceding the year for which your return is being filed, you may be eligible to claim the filing status of qualifying widow(er) with dependent child and qualify to use the married-filing-jointly tax rates. Military turbo tax Requirements. Military turbo tax   Generally, you qualify for this special benefit if you meet all of the following requirements. Military turbo tax You were entitled to file a joint return with your spouse for the year of death—whether or not you actually filed jointly. Military turbo tax You did not remarry before the end of the current tax year. Military turbo tax You have a child, stepchild, or foster child who qualifies as your dependent for the tax year. Military turbo tax You provide more than half the cost of maintaining your home, which is the principal residence of that child for the entire year except for temporary absences. Military turbo tax Example. Military turbo tax William Burns' wife died in 2010. Military turbo tax William has not remarried and continued throughout 2011 and 2012 to maintain a home for himself and his dependent child. Military turbo tax For 2010, he was entitled to file a joint return for himself and his deceased wife. Military turbo tax For 2011 and 2012, he qualifies to file as a qualifying widower with dependent child. Military turbo tax For later years, he may qualify to file as a head of household. Military turbo tax Figuring your tax. Military turbo tax   Check the box on line 5 (Form 1040 or 1040A) under Filing Status on your tax return. Military turbo tax Use the Tax Rate Schedule or the column in the Tax Table for Married filing jointly, which gives you the split-income benefits. Military turbo tax   The last year you can file jointly with, or claim an exemption for, your deceased spouse is the year of death. Military turbo tax Joint return filing rules. Military turbo tax   If you are the surviving spouse and a personal representative is handling the estate for the decedent, you should coordinate filing your return for the year of death with this personal representative. Military turbo tax See Joint Return under Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040, earlier. Military turbo tax Income in Respect of a Decedent All income the decedent would have received had death not occurred that was not properly includible on the final return, discussed earlier, is income in respect of a decedent. Military turbo tax If the decedent is a specified terrorist victim (see Specified Terrorist Victim, earlier), income received after the date of death and before the end of the decedent's tax year (determined without regard to death) is excluded from the recipient's gross income. Military turbo tax This exclusion does not apply to certain income. Military turbo tax For more information, see Publication 3920. Military turbo tax How To Report Income in respect of a decedent must be included in the income of one of the following. Military turbo tax The decedent's estate, if the estate receives it. Military turbo tax The beneficiary, if the right to income is passed directly to the beneficiary and the beneficiary receives it. Military turbo tax Any person to whom the estate properly distributes the right to receive it. Military turbo tax If you have to include income in respect of a decedent in your gross income and an estate tax return (Form 706) was filed for the decedent, you may be able to claim a deduction for the estate tax paid on that income. Military turbo tax See Estate Tax Deduction, later. Military turbo tax Example 1. Military turbo tax Frank Johnson owned and operated an apple orchard. Military turbo tax He used the cash method of accounting. Military turbo tax He sold and delivered 1,000 bushels of apples to a canning factory for $2,000, but did not receive payment before his death. Military turbo tax The proceeds from the sale are income in respect of a decedent. Military turbo tax When the estate was settled, payment had not been made and the estate transferred the right to the payment to his widow. Military turbo tax When Frank's widow collects the $2,000, she must include that amount in her return. Military turbo tax It is not reported on the final return of the decedent or on the return of the estate. Military turbo tax Example 2. Military turbo tax Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except that Frank used the accrual method of accounting. Military turbo tax The amount accrued from the sale of the apples would be included on his final return. Military turbo tax Neither the estate nor the widow would realize income in respect of a decedent when the money is later paid. Military turbo tax Example 3. Military turbo tax On February 1, George High, a cash method taxpayer, sold his tractor for $3,000, payable March 1 of the same year. Military turbo tax His adjusted basis in the tractor was $2,000. Military turbo tax George died on February 15, before receiving payment. Military turbo tax The gain to be reported as income in respect of a decedent is the $1,000 difference between the decedent's basis in the property and the sale proceeds. Military turbo tax In other words, the income in respect of a decedent is the gain the decedent would have realized had he lived. Military turbo tax Example 4. Military turbo tax Cathy O'Neil was entitled to a large salary payment at the date of her death. Military turbo tax The amount was to be paid in five annual installments. Military turbo tax The estate, after collecting two installments, distributed the right to the remaining installments to you, the beneficiary. Military turbo tax The payments are income in respect of a decedent. Military turbo tax None of the payments were includible on Cathy's final return. Military turbo tax The estate must include in its income the two installments it received, and you must include in your income each of the three installments as you receive them. Military turbo tax Example 5. Military turbo tax You inherited the right to receive renewal commissions on life insurance sold by your father before his death. Military turbo tax You inherited the right from your mother, who acquired it by bequest from your father. Military turbo tax Your mother died before she received all the commissions she had the right to receive, so you received the rest. Military turbo tax The commissions are income in respect of a decedent. Military turbo tax None of these commissions were includible in your father's final return. Military turbo tax The commissions received by your mother were included in her income. Military turbo tax The commissions you received are not includible in your mother's income, even on her final return. Military turbo tax You must include them in your income. Military turbo tax Character of income. Military turbo tax   The character of the income you receive in respect of a decedent remains the same as it would have been to the decedent if he or she were alive. Military turbo tax If the income would have been a capital gain to the decedent, it will be a capital gain to you. Military turbo tax Transfer of right to income. Military turbo tax   If you transfer your right to income in respect of a decedent, you must include in your income the greater of: The amount you receive for the right, or The fair market value of the right you transfer. Military turbo tax   If you make a gift of such a right, you must include in your income the fair market value of the right at the time of the gift. Military turbo tax   If the right to income from an installment obligation is transferred, the amount you must include in income is reduced by the basis of the obligation. Military turbo tax See Installment obligations, later. Military turbo tax Transfer defined. Military turbo tax   A transfer for this purpose includes a sale, exchange, or other disposition, the satisfaction of an installment obligation at other than face value, or the cancellation of an installment obligation. Military turbo tax Installment obligations. Military turbo tax   If the decedent sold property using the installment method and you are collecting payments on an installment obligation acquired from the decedent, use the same gross profit percentage the decedent used to figure the part of each payment that represents profit. Military turbo tax Include in your income the same profit the decedent would have included had death not occurred. Military turbo tax For more information, see Publication 537, Installment Sales. Military turbo tax   If you dispose of an installment obligation acquired from a decedent (other than by transfer to the obligor), the rules explained in Publication 537 for figuring gain or loss on the disposition apply to you. Military turbo tax Transfer to obligor. Military turbo tax   A transfer of a right to income, discussed earlier, has occurred if the decedent (seller) sold property using the installment method and the installment obligation was transferred to the obligor (buyer or person legally obligated to pay the installments). Military turbo tax A transfer also occurs if the obligation was canceled either at death or by the estate or person receiving the obligation from the decedent. Military turbo tax An obligation that becomes unenforceable is treated as having been canceled. Military turbo tax   If such a transfer occurs, the amount included in the income of the transferor (the estate or beneficiary) is the greater of the amount received or the fair market value of the installment obligation at the time of transfer, reduced by the basis of the obligation. Military turbo tax The basis of the obligation is the decedent's basis, adjusted for all installment payments received after the decedent's death and before the transfer. Military turbo tax   If the decedent and obligor were related persons, the fair market value of the obligation cannot be less than its face value. Military turbo tax Specific Types of Income in Respect of a Decedent This section explains and provides examples of some specific types of income in respect of a decedent. Military turbo tax Wages. Military turbo tax   The entire amount of wages or other employee compensation earned by the decedent but unpaid at the time of death is income in respect of a decedent. Military turbo tax The income is not reduced by any amounts withheld by the employer. Military turbo tax If the income is $600 or more, the employer should report it in box 3 of Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and give the recipient a copy of the form or a similar statement. Military turbo tax   Wages paid as income in respect of a decedent are not subject to federal income tax withholding. Military turbo tax However, if paid during the calendar year of death, they are subject to withholding for social security and Medicare taxes. Military turbo tax These taxes should be included on the decedent's Form W-2 along with the taxes withheld before death. Military turbo tax These wages are not included in box 1 of Form W-2. Military turbo tax   Wages paid as income in respect of a decedent after the year of death generally are not subject to withholding for any federal taxe
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Military turbo tax Publication 584 - Additional Material Table of Contents This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military turbo tax Please click the link to view the image. Military turbo tax Entrance Hall This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military turbo tax Please click the link to view the image. Military turbo tax Living Room This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military turbo tax Please click the link to view the image. Military turbo tax Dining Room This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military turbo tax Please click the link to view the image. Military turbo tax Kitchen This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military turbo tax Please click the link to view the image. Military turbo tax Den This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military turbo tax Please click the link to view the image. 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Military turbo tax Miscellaneous This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military turbo tax Please click the link to view the image. Military turbo tax Motor Vehicles Schedule 20. Military turbo tax Home (Excluding Contents) Note. Military turbo tax If you used the entire property as your home, fill out only column (a). Military turbo tax If you used part of the property as your home and part of it for business or to produce rental income, you must allocate the entries on lines 2-9 between the personal part (column (a)) and the business/rental part (column (b)). Military turbo tax 1. Military turbo tax Description of property (Show location and date acquired. Military turbo tax )     (a)  Personal Part (b)  Business/Rental Part 2. Military turbo tax Cost or other (adjusted) basis of property (from Worksheet A)     3. Military turbo tax Insurance or other reimbursement Note. Military turbo tax If line 2 is more than line 3, skip line 4. Military turbo tax If line 3 is more than line 2, you exclude gain, and the gain is more than you can exclude, see the instructions for line 3 in the Instructions for Form 4684 for the amount to enter. Military turbo tax     4. Military turbo tax Gain from casualty. Military turbo tax If line 3 is more than line 2, enter the difference here and skip lines 5 through 9. Military turbo tax But see Next below line 9. Military turbo tax     5. Military turbo tax Fair market value before casualty     6. Military turbo tax Fair market value after casualty     7. Military turbo tax Decrease in fair market value. Military turbo tax Subtract line 6 from line 5. Military turbo tax     8. Military turbo tax Enter the smaller of line 2 or line 7 Note for business/rental part. Military turbo tax If the property was totally destroyed by casualty, enter on line 8, column (b) the amount from line 2, column (b). Military turbo tax     9. Military turbo tax Subtract line 3 from line 8. Military turbo tax If zero or less, enter -0-. Military turbo tax     Next: Transfer the entries from line 1 and lines 2-9, column (a), above to the corresponding lines on Form 4684, Section A. Military turbo tax Transfer the entries from line 1 and lines 2-9, column (b), to the corresponding lines on Form 4684, Section B. Military turbo tax Worksheet A. Military turbo tax Cost or Other (Adjusted) Basis Caution. Military turbo tax See the Worksheet A Instructions before you use this worksheet. Military turbo tax         (a) Personal Part (b) Business/Rental Part 1. Military turbo tax   Enter the purchase price of the home damaged or destroyed. Military turbo tax (If you filed Form 2119 when you originally acquired that home to postpone gain on the sale of a previous home before May 7, 1997, enter the adjusted basis of the new home from that Form 2119. Military turbo tax ) 1. Military turbo tax     2. Military turbo tax   Seller paid points for home bought after 1990. Military turbo tax Do not include any seller-paid points you already subtracted to arrive at the amount entered on line 1 2. Military turbo tax     3. Military turbo tax   Subtract line 2 from line 1 3. Military turbo tax     4. Military turbo tax   Settlement fees or closing costs. Military turbo tax (See Settlement costs in Publication 551. Military turbo tax ) If line 1 includes the adjusted basis of the new home from Form 2119, skip lines 4a-4g and 5; go to line 6. Military turbo tax         a. Military turbo tax Abstract and recording fees 4a. Military turbo tax       b. Military turbo tax Legal fees (including fees for title search and preparing documents) 4b. Military turbo tax       c. Military turbo tax Survey fees 4c. Military turbo tax       d. Military turbo tax Title insurance 4d. Military turbo tax       e. Military turbo tax Transfer or stamp taxes 4e. Military turbo tax       f. Military turbo tax Amounts that the seller owed that you agreed to pay (back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, and sales commissions) 4f. Military turbo tax       g. Military turbo tax Other 4g. Military turbo tax     5. Military turbo tax   Add lines 4a through 4g 5. Military turbo tax     6. Military turbo tax   Cost of additions and improvements. Military turbo tax (See Increases to Basis in Publication 551. Military turbo tax ) Do not include any additions and improvements included on line 1 6. Military turbo tax     7. Military turbo tax   Special tax assessments paid for local improvements, such as streets and sidewalks 7. Military turbo tax     8. Military turbo tax   Other increases to basis 8. Military turbo tax     9. Military turbo tax   Add lines 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 9. Military turbo tax     10. Military turbo tax   Depreciation allowed or allowable, related to the business use or rental of the home 10. Military turbo tax 0   11. Military turbo tax   Other decreases to basis (See Decreases to Basis in Publication 551. Military turbo tax ) 11. Military turbo tax     12. Military turbo tax   Add lines 10 and 11 12. Military turbo tax     13. Military turbo tax   Cost or other (adjusted) basis of home damaged or destroyed. Military turbo tax Subtract line 12 from line 9. Military turbo tax Enter here and on Schedule 20, line 2 13. Military turbo tax     Worksheet A Instructions. Military turbo tax If you use Worksheet A to figure the cost or other (adjusted) basis of your home, follow these instructions. Military turbo tax DO NOT use this worksheet to determine your basis if you acquired an interest in your home from a decedent who died in 2010 and whose executor filed Form 8939. Military turbo tax IF. Military turbo tax . Military turbo tax . Military turbo tax   THEN. Military turbo tax . Military turbo tax . Military turbo tax you inherited your home from a decedent who died either before or after 2010 or from a decedent who died in 2010 and whose executor did not file Form 8939. Military turbo tax 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Military turbo tax 2 find your basis using the rules under Inherited Property in Publication 551. Military turbo tax Enter this amount on line 5 of the worksheet. Military turbo tax 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet. Military turbo tax you received your home as a gift 1 read Property Received as a Gift in Publication 551 and enter on lines 1 and 3 of the worksheet either the donor's adjusted basis or the home's fair market value at the time of the gift, whichever is appropriate. Military turbo tax 2 if you can add any federal gift tax to your basis, enter that amount on line 5 of the worksheet. Military turbo tax 3 fill out the rest of the worksheet. Military turbo tax you received your home as a trade for other property 1 enter on line 1 of the worksheet the fair market value of the other property at the time of the trade. Military turbo tax (But if you received your home as a trade for your previous home before May 7, 1997, and had a gain on the trade that you postponed using Form 2119, enter on line 1 of the worksheet the adjusted basis of the new home from that Form 2119. Military turbo tax ) 2 fill out the rest of the worksheet. Military turbo tax you built your home 1 add the purchase price of the land and the cost of building the home. Military turbo tax Enter that total on line 1 of the worksheet. Military turbo tax (However, if you filed a Form 2119 to postpone gain on the sale of a previous home before May 7, 1997, enter on line 1 of the worksheet the adjusted basis of the new home from that Form 2119. Military turbo tax ) 2 fill out the rest of the worksheet. Military turbo tax you received your home from your spouse after July 18, 1984 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Military turbo tax 2 enter on line 5 of the worksheet your spouse's cost or other (adjusted) basis in the home just before you received it. Military turbo tax 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after the transfer. Military turbo tax you owned a home jointly with your spouse, who transferred his or her interest in the home to you after July 18, 1984     fill out one worksheet, making adjustments to basis for events both before and after the transfer. Military turbo tax   you received your home from your spouse before July 19, 1984 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Military turbo tax 2 enter on line 5 of the worksheet the home's fair market value at the time you received it. Military turbo tax 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after the transfer. Military turbo tax you owned a home jointly with your spouse, and your spouse transferred his or her interest in the home to you before July 19, 1984 1 fill out a worksheet, lines 1–13, making adjustments to basis only for events before the transfer. Military turbo tax 2 multiply the amount on line 13 of that worksheet by 50% (0. Military turbo tax 50) to get the adjusted basis of your half-interest at the time of the transfer. Military turbo tax 3 multiply the fair market value of the home at the time of the transfer by 50% (0. Military turbo tax 50). Military turbo tax Generally, this is the basis of the half-interest that your spouse owned. Military turbo tax 4 add the amounts from steps 2 and 3 and enter the total on line 5 of a second worksheet. Military turbo tax 5 complete lines 6–13 of the second worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after the transfer. Military turbo tax you owned your home jointly with a nonspouse 1 fill out lines 1–13 of the worksheet. Military turbo tax 2 multiply the amount on line 13 by your percentage of ownership to get the adjusted basis of your part-interest. Military turbo tax Worksheet A Instructions. Military turbo tax (Continued) IF. Military turbo tax . Military turbo tax . Military turbo tax   THEN. Military turbo tax . Military turbo tax . Military turbo tax you owned your home jointly with your spouse who died before 2010 and before the casualty 1 fill out a worksheet, lines 1–13, including adjustments to basis only for events before your spouse's death. Military turbo tax 2 multiply the amount on line 13 of that worksheet by 50% (0. Military turbo tax 50) to get the adjusted basis of your half-interest on the date of death. Military turbo tax 3 figure the basis for the half-interest owned by your spouse. Military turbo tax This is one-half of the fair market value on the date of death (or later alternate valuation used for estate or inheritance tax). Military turbo tax (The basis in your half will remain one-half of the adjusted basis determined in step 2. Military turbo tax ) 4 add the amounts from steps 2 and 3 and enter the total on line 5 of a second worksheet. Military turbo tax 5 complete lines 6–13 of the second worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after your spouse's death. Military turbo tax you owned your home jointly with your spouse who died before 2010 and before the casualty, and your permanent legal home is in a community property state 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Military turbo tax 2 enter the amount of your basis on line 5 of the worksheet. Military turbo tax Generally, this is the fair market value of the home at the time of death. Military turbo tax (But see Community Property in Publication 551 for special rules. Military turbo tax ) 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after your spouse's death. Military turbo tax you owned your home jointly with a nonspouse who died before 2010 and before the casualty 1 fill out lines 1–13 of the worksheet, including adjustments to basis only for events before the co-owner's death. Military turbo tax 2 multiply the amount on line 13 by your percentage of ownership to get the adjusted basis of your part-interest on the date of death. Military turbo tax 3 multiply the fair market value on the date of death (or later alternate valuation used for estate or inheritance tax) by the co-owner's percentage of ownership. Military turbo tax This is the basis for the co-owner's part-interest. Military turbo tax 4 add the amounts from steps 2 and 3 and enter the total on line 5 of a second worksheet. Military turbo tax 5 complete lines 6–13 of the second worksheet, including adjustments to basis only for events after the co-owner's death. Military turbo tax your home was ever damaged as a result of a prior casualty 1 on line 8 of the worksheet, enter any amounts you spent to restore the home to its condition before the prior casualty. Military turbo tax 2 on line 11 enter: any insurance reimbursements you received (or expect to receive) for the prior loss,  and any deductible casualty losses from prior years not covered by insurance. Military turbo tax the person who sold you your home paid points on your loan and you bought your home after 1990 but before April 4, 1994. Military turbo tax   on line 2 enter the seller-paid points only if you deducted them as home mortgage interest in the year paid (unless you used the seller-paid points to reduce the amount on line 1). Military turbo tax the person who sold you your home paid points on your loan and you bought your home after April 3, 1994   on line 2 enter the seller-paid points even if you did not deduct them (unless you used the seller-paid points to reduce the amount on line 1). Military turbo tax you used part of the property as your home and part of it for business or to produce rental income   you must allocate the entries on Worksheet A between the personal part (column (a)) and the business/rental part (column (b)). Military turbo tax none of these items apply   fill out the entire worksheet. Military turbo tax Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications