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Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Generally, an executor (or executrix) is named in a decedent's will to administer the estate and distribute properties as the decedent has directed. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form In general, an executor and an administrator perform the same duties and have the same responsibilities. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form The personal representative also must perform the following duties. Irs 1040 form Apply for an employer identification number (EIN) for the estate. Irs 1040 form File all tax returns, including income, estate and gift tax returns, when due. Irs 1040 form Pay the tax determined up to the date of discharge from duties. Irs 1040 form Other duties of the personal representative in federal tax matters are discussed in other sections of this publication. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Penalty. Irs 1040 form   There is a penalty for failure to file a tax return when due unless the failure is due to reasonable cause. Irs 1040 form Reliance on an agent (attorney, accountant, etc. Irs 1040 form ) is not reasonable cause for late filing. Irs 1040 form It is the personal representative's duty to file the returns for the decedent and the estate when due. Irs 1040 form Identification number. Irs 1040 form   The first action you should take if you are the personal representative for the decedent is to apply for an EIN for the estate. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form You also must give the number to payers of interest and dividends and other payers who must file a return concerning the estate. Irs 1040 form   You can get an EIN by applying online at www. Irs 1040 form irs. Irs 1040 form gov (click on "Apply for an EIN Online" under the Tools heading). Irs 1040 form Generally, if you apply online, you will receive your EIN immediately upon completing the application. Irs 1040 form You can also apply using Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. Irs 1040 form Generally, if you apply by mail, it takes about 4 weeks to get your EIN. Irs 1040 form See the form instructions for other ways to apply. Irs 1040 form   Payers of interest and dividends report amounts on Forms 1099 using the identification number of the person to whom the account is payable. Irs 1040 form After a decedent's death, Forms 1099 must reflect the identification number of the estate or beneficiary to whom the amounts are payable. Irs 1040 form As the personal representative handling the estate, you must furnish this identification number to the payer. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form   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). Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form    Do not use the deceased individual's identifying number to file an individual income tax return after the decedent's final tax return. Irs 1040 form Also do not use it to make estimated tax payments for a tax year after the year of death. Irs 1040 form Penalty. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Notice of fiduciary relationship. Irs 1040 form   The term fiduciary means any person acting for another person. Irs 1040 form It applies to persons who have positions of trust on behalf of others. Irs 1040 form A personal representative for a decedent's estate is a fiduciary. Irs 1040 form Form 56. Irs 1040 form   If you are appointed to act in a fiduciary capacity for another, you must file a written notice with the IRS stating this. Irs 1040 form Form 56, Notice Concerning Fiduciary Relationship, is used for this purpose. Irs 1040 form See the Instructions for Form 56 for filing requirements and other information. Irs 1040 form   File Form 56 as soon as all the necessary information (including the EIN) is available. Irs 1040 form It notifies the IRS that you, as the fiduciary, are assuming the powers, rights, duties, and privileges of the decedent. Irs 1040 form The notice remains in effect until you notify the IRS (by filing another Form 56) that your fiduciary relationship with the estate has terminated. Irs 1040 form Termination of fiduciary relationship. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form See Form 56 and its instructions for more information. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form See below for a discussion of these forms. Irs 1040 form Request for prompt assessment (charge) of tax. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form However, as a personal representative, you may request a prompt assessment of tax after the return has been filed. Irs 1040 form This reduces the time for making the assessment to 18 months from the date the written request for prompt assessment was received. Irs 1040 form This request can be made for any tax return (except the estate tax return) of the decedent or the decedent's estate. Irs 1040 form This may permit a quicker settlement of the tax liability of the estate and an earlier final distribution of the assets to the beneficiaries. Irs 1040 form Form 4810. Irs 1040 form   Form 4810 can be used for making this request. Irs 1040 form It must be filed separately from any other document. Irs 1040 form   As the personal representative for the decedent's estate, you are responsible for any additional taxes that may be due. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form This applies even though the returns were filed before the decedent's death. Irs 1040 form Failure to report income. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form However, such a request may relieve you of personal liability for the tax if you did not have knowledge of the unpaid tax. Irs 1040 form Request for discharge from personal liability for tax. Irs 1040 form   An executor can make a request for discharge from personal liability for a decedent's income, gift, and estate taxes. Irs 1040 form The request must be made after the returns for those taxes are filed. Irs 1040 form To make the request, file Form 5495. Irs 1040 form For this purpose, an executor is an executor or administrator that is appointed, qualified, and acting within the United States. Irs 1040 form   Within 9 months after receipt of the request, the IRS will notify the executor of the amount of taxes due. Irs 1040 form If this amount is paid, the executor will be discharged from personal liability for any future deficiencies. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form    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. Irs 1040 form Insolvent estate. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Fees Received by Personal Representatives All personal representatives must include fees paid to them from an estate in their gross income. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form A surviving spouse, under certain circumstances, may have to file the returns for the decedent. Irs 1040 form See Joint Return, later. Irs 1040 form Return for preceding year. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form The return for that year will be a regular return and the personal representative must file it. Irs 1040 form Example. Irs 1040 form Samantha Smith died on March 21, 2013, before filing her 2012 tax return. Irs 1040 form Her personal representative must file her 2012 return by April 15, 2013. Irs 1040 form Her final tax return covering the period from January 1, 2013, to March 20, 2013, is due April 15, 2014. Irs 1040 form Name, Address, and Signature Write the word “DECEASED,” the decedent's name, and the date of death across the top of the tax return. Irs 1040 form If filing a joint return, write the name and address of the decedent and the surviving spouse in the name and address fields. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Third party designee. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form It also allows the designee to perform certain actions. Irs 1040 form See the Instructions for Form 1040 for details. Irs 1040 form Signature. Irs 1040 form   If a personal representative has been appointed, that person must sign the return. Irs 1040 form If it is a joint return, the surviving spouse must also sign it. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form ” 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. Irs 1040 form ” Paid preparer. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form See the Form 1040 instructions for details. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form The tax return must be prepared for the year of death regardless of when during the year death occurred. Irs 1040 form Generally, you must file the final income tax return of the decedent with the Internal Revenue Service Center for the place where you live. Irs 1040 form A tax return for a decedent can be electronically filed. Irs 1040 form A personal representative may also obtain an income tax filing extension on behalf of a decedent. Irs 1040 form Filing Requirements The gross income, age, and filing status of a decedent generally determine whether a return must be filed. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form It includes gross receipts from self-employment, but if the business involves manufacturing, merchandising, or mining, subtract any cost of goods sold. Irs 1040 form In general, filing status depends on whether the decedent was considered single or married at the time of death. Irs 1040 form See the income tax return instructions or Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Also, the decedent may be entitled to other credits that result in a refund. Irs 1040 form These advance payments of tax and credits are discussed later under Credits, Other Taxes, and Payments. Irs 1040 form Form 1310, Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form   If the personal representative is filing a claim for refund on Form 1040X, Amended U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Example. Irs 1040 form Edward Green died before filing his tax return. Irs 1040 form You were appointed the personal representative for Edward's estate, and you file his Form 1040 showing a refund due. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form    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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form A new check will be issued in your name and mailed to you. Irs 1040 form Death certificate. Irs 1040 form   When filing the decedent's final income tax return, do not attach the death certificate or other proof of death to the final return. Irs 1040 form Instead, keep it for your records and provide it if requested. Irs 1040 form Nonresident Alien If the decedent was a nonresident alien who would have had to file Form 1040NR, U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, you must file that form for the decedent's final tax year. Irs 1040 form See the Instructions for Form 1040NR for the filing requirements, due date, and where to file. Irs 1040 form Joint Return Generally, the personal representative and the surviving spouse can file a joint return for the decedent and the surviving spouse. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form The filing status of the decedent in this instance is married filing a separate return. Irs 1040 form For information about tax benefits to which a surviving spouse may be entitled, see Tax Benefits for Survivors, later, under Other Tax Information. Irs 1040 form Personal representative may revoke joint return election. Irs 1040 form   A court-appointed personal representative may revoke an election to file a joint return previously made by the surviving spouse alone. Irs 1040 form This is done by filing a separate return for the decedent within one year from the due date of the return (including any extensions). Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Relief from joint liability. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form For information on requesting this relief, see Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form The method of accounting regularly used by the decedent before death also determines the income includible on the final return. Irs 1040 form This section explains how some types of income are reported on the final return. Irs 1040 form For more information about accounting methods, see Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Constructive receipt of income. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form Include the interest income on the final return. Irs 1040 form   Generally, a dividend is considered constructively received if it was available for use by the decedent without restriction. Irs 1040 form If the corporation customarily mailed its dividend checks, the dividend was includible when received. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Do not include the dividend in the final return. Irs 1040 form Accrual Method Generally, under an accrual method of accounting, income is reported when earned. Irs 1040 form If the decedent used an accrual method, only the income items normally accrued before death are included on the final return. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form You can request corrected Forms 1099 if these forms do not properly reflect the right recipient or amounts. Irs 1040 form 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). Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form See U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form How to report. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Then, show any interest (including any interest you receive as a nominee) belonging to another recipient separately and subtract it from the subtotal. Irs 1040 form Identify the amount of this adjustment as “Nominee Distribution” or other appropriate designation. Irs 1040 form   Report dividend income for which you received a Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions, on the appropriate schedule using the same procedure. Irs 1040 form    Note. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form See General Instructions for Certain Information Returns (Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, and W-2G) for more information on filing Forms 1099. Irs 1040 form Partnership Income The death of a partner closes the partnership's tax year for that partner. Irs 1040 form Generally, it does not close the partnership's tax year for the remaining partners. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form On the decedent's final return, include the decedent's distributive share of partnership items for the following periods. Irs 1040 form The partnership's tax year that ended within or with the decedent's final tax year (the year ending on the date of death). Irs 1040 form The period, if any, from the end of the partnership's tax year in (1) to the decedent's date of death. Irs 1040 form Example. Irs 1040 form Mary Smith was a partner in XYZ partnership and reported her income on a tax year ending December 31. Irs 1040 form The partnership uses a tax year ending June 30. Irs 1040 form Mary died August 31, 2013, and her estate established its tax year through August 31. Irs 1040 form The distributive share of partnership items based on the decedent's partnership interest is reported as follows. Irs 1040 form 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). Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form The corporation's tax year that ended within or with the decedent's final tax year (the year ending on the date of death). Irs 1040 form The period, if any, from the end of the corporation's tax year in (1) to the decedent's date of death. Irs 1040 form Self-Employment Income Include self-employment income actually or constructively received or accrued, depending on the decedent's accounting method. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form For this purpose, the partnership's income or loss is considered to be earned ratably over the partnership's tax year. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form For more information, see Publication 555, Community Property. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form The estate tax deduction, discussed later, does not apply to this amount. Irs 1040 form If a beneficiary acquires the interest, see the discussion under Income in Respect of a Decedent, later. Irs 1040 form For other information on HSAs, Archer MSAs, or Medicare Advantage MSAs, see Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form The treatment of the Coverdell ESA at the death of an individual under age 30 depends on who acquires the interest in the account. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form The estate tax deduction, discussed later, does not apply to this amount. Irs 1040 form If a beneficiary acquires the interest, see the discussion under Income in Respect of a Decedent, later. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form For more information on Coverdell ESAs, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Irs 1040 form Accelerated Death Benefits Accelerated death benefits are amounts received under a life insurance contract before the death of the insured individual. Irs 1040 form These benefits also include amounts received on the sale or assignment of the contract to a viatical settlement provider. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form For more information, see the discussion under Gifts, Insurance, and Inheritances under Other Tax Information, later. Irs 1040 form Exemptions and Deductions Generally, the rules for exemptions and deductions allowed to an individual also apply to the decedent's final income tax return. Irs 1040 form Show on the final return deductible items the decedent paid (or accrued, if the decedent reported deductions on an accrual method) before death. Irs 1040 form This section contains a detailed discussion of medical expenses because the tax treatment of the decedent's medical expenses can be different. Irs 1040 form See Medical Expenses, later. Irs 1040 form Exemptions You can claim the decedent's personal exemption on the final income tax return. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form For information on the appropriate standard deduction, see the Form 1040 income tax return instructions or Publication 501. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form This includes expenses for the decedent, as well as for the decedent's spouse and dependents. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form In that case medical expenses exceeding 7. Irs 1040 form 5% of AGI may be deducted. Irs 1040 form Qualified medical expenses are not deductible if paid with a tax-free distribution from an HSA or an Archer MSA. Irs 1040 form Election for decedent's expenses. Irs 1040 form   Medical expenses not paid before death are liabilities of the estate and are shown on the federal estate tax return (Form 706). Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form   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). Irs 1040 form You can deduct expenses incurred in the year of death on the final income tax return. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form   The amount you can deduct on the income tax return is the amount above 10% of adjusted gross income (or 7. Irs 1040 form 5% of adjusted gross income if the decedent or the decedent's spouse was born before January 2, 1949). Irs 1040 form Amounts not deductible because of this percentage cannot be claimed on the federal estate tax return. Irs 1040 form Making the election. Irs 1040 form   You make the election by attaching a statement, in duplicate, to the decedent's income tax return or amended return. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form This election applies only to expenses incurred for the decedent, not to expenses incurred to provide medical care for dependents. Irs 1040 form Example. Irs 1040 form Richard Brown used the cash method of accounting and filed his income tax return on a calendar year basis. Irs 1040 form Richard died on June 1, 2013, at the age of 78, after incurring $800 in medical expenses. Irs 1040 form Of that amount, $500 was incurred in 2012 and $300 was incurred in 2013. Irs 1040 form Richard itemized his deductions when he filed his 2012 income tax return. Irs 1040 form The personal representative of the estate paid the entire $800 liability in August 2013. Irs 1040 form The personal representative may file an amended return (Form 1040X) for 2012 claiming the $500 medical expense as a deduction, subject to the 7. Irs 1040 form 5% limit. Irs 1040 form The $300 of expenses incurred in 2013 can be deducted on the final income tax return if deductions are itemized, subject to the 7. Irs 1040 form 5% limit. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Medical expenses not paid by estate. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Insurance reimbursements. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form The reimbursements are also includible in the decedent's gross estate. Irs 1040 form No deduction for funeral expenses can be taken on the final Form 1040 of a decedent. Irs 1040 form These expenses may be deductible for estate tax purposes on Form 706. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form A net operating loss on the decedent's final income tax return can be carried back to prior years. Irs 1040 form (See Publication 536, Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts. Irs 1040 form ) You cannot deduct any unused net operating loss or capital loss on the estate's income tax return. Irs 1040 form At-risk loss limits. Irs 1040 form   Special at-risk rules apply to most activities that are engaged in as a trade or business or for the production of income. Irs 1040 form   These rules limit the deductible loss to the amount which the individual was considered at-risk in the activity. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form For more information, see Publication 925, Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules. Irs 1040 form Passive activity rules. Irs 1040 form   A passive activity is any trade or business activity in which the taxpayer does not materially participate. Irs 1040 form To determine material participation, see Publication 925. Irs 1040 form Rental activities are passive activities regardless of the taxpayer's participation, unless the taxpayer meets certain eligibility requirements. Irs 1040 form   Individuals, estates, and trusts can offset passive activity losses only against passive activity income. Irs 1040 form Passive activity losses or credits not allowed in one tax year can be carried forward to the next year. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form The part of the accumulated losses equal to the excess is not allowed as a deduction for any tax year. Irs 1040 form   Use Form 8582, Passive Activity Loss Limitations, to summarize losses and income from passive activities and to figure the amounts allowed. Irs 1040 form For more information, see Publication 925. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Credits On the final income tax return, you can claim any tax credits that applied to the decedent before death. Irs 1040 form Some of these credits are discussed next. Irs 1040 form Earned income credit. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form If the allowable credit is more than the tax liability for the year, the excess is refunded. Irs 1040 form   For more information, see Publication 596, Earned Income Credit (EIC). Irs 1040 form Credit for the elderly or the disabled. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form The decedent: Was a “qualified individual,” and Had income (adjusted gross income (AGI) and nontaxable social security and pensions) less than certain limits. Irs 1040 form   For details on qualifying for or figuring the credit, see Publication 524, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Irs 1040 form Child tax credit. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form For more information, see the Instructions for Form 1040. Irs 1040 form Adoption credit. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form See Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, and its instructions for more details. Irs 1040 form General business tax credit. Irs 1040 form   The general business credit available to a taxpayer is limited. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Any unused credit arising in a tax year beginning after 1997 has a 1-year carryback and a 20-year carryforward period. Irs 1040 form   After the carryforward period, a deduction may be allowed for any unused business credit. Irs 1040 form If the taxpayer dies before the end of the carryforward period, the deduction generally is allowed in the year of death. Irs 1040 form   For more information on the general business credit, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Self-employment tax. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 28 or more. Irs 1040 form Alternative minimum tax (AMT). Irs 1040 form   The tax laws give special treatment to certain types of income and allow special deductions and credits for certain types of expenses. Irs 1040 form The alternative minimum tax (AMT) was enacted so taxpayers who benefit from these laws still pay at least a minimum amount of tax. Irs 1040 form In general, the AMT is the excess of the tentative minimum tax over the regular tax shown on the return. Irs 1040 form Form 6251. Irs 1040 form    Use Form 6251, Alternative Minimum Tax—Individuals, to determine if this tax applies to the decedent. Irs 1040 form See the form instructions for information on when you must attach Form 6251 to Form 1040. Irs 1040 form Form 8801. Irs 1040 form   If the decedent paid AMT in a previous year or had a credit carryforward, the decedent may be eligible for a minimum tax credit. Irs 1040 form See Form 8801, Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax—Individuals, Estates, and Trusts. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form For this purpose, a qualified hazardous duty area is treated as a combat zone. Irs 1040 form If the tax (including interest, additions to the tax, and additional amounts) for these years has been assessed, the assessment will be forgiven. Irs 1040 form If the tax has been collected (regardless of the date of collection), that tax will be credited or refunded. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form If any unpaid tax (including interest, additions to the tax, and additional amounts) has been assessed, this assessment will be forgiven. Irs 1040 form Also, if any tax was collected after the date of death, that amount will be credited or refunded. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form This is true even if death actually occurred earlier. Irs 1040 form For other tax information for members of the Armed Forces, see Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form employee, and In a military or terrorist action. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Example. Irs 1040 form The income tax liability of a civilian employee of the United States who died in 2013 because of wounds incurred while a U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Refunds are allowed for the tax years for which the period for filing a claim for refund has not ended, as discussed later. Irs 1040 form Military or terrorist action defined. Irs 1040 form   A military or terrorist action means the following. Irs 1040 form Any terrorist activity that most of the evidence indicates was directed against the United States or any of its allies. Irs 1040 form Any military action involving the U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form   Terrorist activity includes criminal offenses intended to coerce, intimidate, or retaliate against the government or civilian population. Irs 1040 form Military action does not include training exercises. Irs 1040 form Any multinational force in which the United States is participating is treated as an ally of the United States. Irs 1040 form Determining if a terrorist activity or military action has occurred. Irs 1040 form   You may rely on published guidance from the IRS to determine if a particular event is considered a terrorist activity or military action. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Under the Act, the federal income tax liability of those killed in the following attacks (specified terrorist victim) is forgiven for certain tax years. Irs 1040 form The April 19, 1995, terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Irs 1040 form Murrah Federal Building (Oklahoma City). Irs 1040 form The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Irs 1040 form The terrorist attacks involving anthrax occurring after September 10, 2001, and before January 1, 2002. Irs 1040 form The Act also exempts from federal income tax the following types of income. Irs 1040 form Qualified disaster relief payments made after September 10, 2001, to cover personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred because of a terrorist attack. Irs 1040 form Certain disability payments received in tax years ending after September 10, 2001, for injuries sustained in a terrorist attack. Irs 1040 form Certain death benefits paid by an employer to the survivor of an employee because the employee died as a result of a terrorist attack. Irs 1040 form Payments from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund 2001. Irs 1040 form The Act also reduces the estate tax of individuals who die as a result of a terrorist attack. Irs 1040 form See Publication 3920, Tax Relief for Victims of Terrorist Attacks, for more information. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form The decedent's income tax liability is forgiven for the tax year in which death occurs, and for the tax year prior to death. Irs 1040 form For information on death benefit payments and the reduction of federal estate taxes, see Publication 3920. Irs 1040 form 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). Irs 1040 form For more information on the Act, see Publication 3920. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form If any tax is still due, it will be canceled. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Qualified hospitalization means any hospitalization outside the United States and any hospitalization in the United States of not more than 5 years. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Filing a claim. Irs 1040 form   Use the following procedures to file a claim. Irs 1040 form If a U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, must accompany all returns. Irs 1040 form If a U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form individual income tax return has been filed, you should make a claim for refund by filing Form 1040X. Irs 1040 form You must file a separate Form 1040X for each year in question. Irs 1040 form   You must file these returns and claims at the following address for regular mail (U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form Postal Service). Irs 1040 form    Internal Revenue Service 333 W. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form On the applicable return, write the same phrase on the line for total tax. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form   Include an attachment showing the computation of the decedent's tax liability and a computation of the amount to be forgiven. Irs 1040 form On joint returns, make an allocation of the tax as described below under Joint returns. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form   You must attach Form 1310 to all returns and claims for refund. Irs 1040 form However, for exceptions to filing Form 1310, see Form 1310. Irs 1040 form Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer, under Refund, earlier. Irs 1040 form   You must also attach proof of death that includes a statement that the individual was a U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form employee on the date of injury and on the date of death and died as the result of a military or terrorist action. Irs 1040 form For military and civilian employees of the Department of Defense, attach DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty. Irs 1040 form For other U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form civilian employees killed in the United States, attach a death certificate and a certification (letter) from the federal employer. Irs 1040 form For other U. Irs 1040 form S. Irs 1040 form civilian employees killed overseas, attach a certification from the Department of State. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Joint returns. Irs 1040 form   If a joint return was filed, only the decedent's part of the income tax liability is eligible for forgiveness. Irs 1040 form Determine the decedent's tax liability as follows. Irs 1040 form Figure the income tax for which the decedent would have been liable if a separate return had been filed. Irs 1040 form Figure the income tax for which the spouse would have been liable if a separate return had been filed. Irs 1040 form Multiply the joint tax liability by a fraction. Irs 1040 form The numerator of the fraction is the amount in (1), above. Irs 1040 form The denominator of the fraction is the total of (1) and (2). Irs 1040 form   The resulting amount from (3) above is the decedent's tax liability eligible for forgiveness. Irs 1040 form Filing Reminders To minimize the time needed to process the decedent's final return and issue any refund, be sure to follow these procedures. Irs 1040 form Write “DECEASED,” the decedent's name, and the date of death across the top of the tax return. Irs 1040 form If a personal representative has been appointed, the personal representative must sign the return. Irs 1040 form If it is a joint return, the surviving spouse must also sign it. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form ” To claim a refund for the decedent, do the following. Irs 1040 form If you are the decedent's spouse filing a joint return with the decedent, file only the tax return to claim the refund. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form (A power of attorney or a copy of the decedent's will is not acceptable evidence of your appointment as the personal representative. Irs 1040 form ) 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). Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Tax Benefits for Survivors Survivors can qualify for certain benefits when filing their own income tax returns. Irs 1040 form Joint return by surviving spouse. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form Decedent as your dependent. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form   If the decedent was your qualifying child, you may be able to claim the child tax credit or the earned income credit. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Qualifying widows and widowers. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form Requirements. Irs 1040 form   Generally, you qualify for this special benefit if you meet all of the following requirements. Irs 1040 form You were entitled to file a joint return with your spouse for the year of death—whether or not you actually filed jointly. Irs 1040 form You did not remarry before the end of the current tax year. Irs 1040 form You have a child, stepchild, or foster child who qualifies as your dependent for the tax year. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Example. Irs 1040 form William Burns' wife died in 2010. Irs 1040 form William has not remarried and continued throughout 2011 and 2012 to maintain a home for himself and his dependent child. Irs 1040 form For 2010, he was entitled to file a joint return for himself and his deceased wife. Irs 1040 form For 2011 and 2012, he qualifies to file as a qualifying widower with dependent child. Irs 1040 form For later years, he may qualify to file as a head of household. Irs 1040 form Figuring your tax. Irs 1040 form   Check the box on line 5 (Form 1040 or 1040A) under Filing Status on your tax return. Irs 1040 form Use the Tax Rate Schedule or the column in the Tax Table for Married filing jointly, which gives you the split-income benefits. Irs 1040 form   The last year you can file jointly with, or claim an exemption for, your deceased spouse is the year of death. Irs 1040 form Joint return filing rules. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form See Joint Return under Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040, earlier. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form This exclusion does not apply to certain income. Irs 1040 form For more information, see Publication 3920. Irs 1040 form How To Report Income in respect of a decedent must be included in the income of one of the following. Irs 1040 form The decedent's estate, if the estate receives it. Irs 1040 form The beneficiary, if the right to income is passed directly to the beneficiary and the beneficiary receives it. Irs 1040 form Any person to whom the estate properly distributes the right to receive it. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form See Estate Tax Deduction, later. Irs 1040 form Example 1. Irs 1040 form Frank Johnson owned and operated an apple orchard. Irs 1040 form He used the cash method of accounting. Irs 1040 form He sold and delivered 1,000 bushels of apples to a canning factory for $2,000, but did not receive payment before his death. Irs 1040 form The proceeds from the sale are income in respect of a decedent. Irs 1040 form When the estate was settled, payment had not been made and the estate transferred the right to the payment to his widow. Irs 1040 form When Frank's widow collects the $2,000, she must include that amount in her return. Irs 1040 form It is not reported on the final return of the decedent or on the return of the estate. Irs 1040 form Example 2. Irs 1040 form Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except that Frank used the accrual method of accounting. Irs 1040 form The amount accrued from the sale of the apples would be included on his final return. Irs 1040 form Neither the estate nor the widow would realize income in respect of a decedent when the money is later paid. Irs 1040 form Example 3. Irs 1040 form On February 1, George High, a cash method taxpayer, sold his tractor for $3,000, payable March 1 of the same year. Irs 1040 form His adjusted basis in the tractor was $2,000. Irs 1040 form George died on February 15, before receiving payment. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form In other words, the income in respect of a decedent is the gain the decedent would have realized had he lived. Irs 1040 form Example 4. Irs 1040 form Cathy O'Neil was entitled to a large salary payment at the date of her death. Irs 1040 form The amount was to be paid in five annual installments. Irs 1040 form The estate, after collecting two installments, distributed the right to the remaining installments to you, the beneficiary. Irs 1040 form The payments are income in respect of a decedent. Irs 1040 form None of the payments were includible on Cathy's final return. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Example 5. Irs 1040 form You inherited the right to receive renewal commissions on life insurance sold by your father before his death. Irs 1040 form You inherited the right from your mother, who acquired it by bequest from your father. Irs 1040 form Your mother died before she received all the commissions she had the right to receive, so you received the rest. Irs 1040 form The commissions are income in respect of a decedent. Irs 1040 form None of these commissions were includible in your father's final return. Irs 1040 form The commissions received by your mother were included in her income. Irs 1040 form The commissions you received are not includible in your mother's income, even on her final return. Irs 1040 form You must include them in your income. Irs 1040 form Character of income. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form If the income would have been a capital gain to the decedent, it will be a capital gain to you. Irs 1040 form Transfer of right to income. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form See Installment obligations, later. Irs 1040 form Transfer defined. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form Installment obligations. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form Include in your income the same profit the decedent would have included had death not occurred. Irs 1040 form For more information, see Publication 537, Installment Sales. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form Transfer to obligor. Irs 1040 form   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). Irs 1040 form A transfer also occurs if the obligation was canceled either at death or by the estate or person receiving the obligation from the decedent. Irs 1040 form An obligation that becomes unenforceable is treated as having been canceled. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form   If the decedent and obligor were related persons, the fair market value of the obligation cannot be less than its face value. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form Wages. Irs 1040 form   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. Irs 1040 form The income is not reduced by any amounts withheld by the employer. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form   Wages paid as income in respect of a decedent are not subject to federal income tax withholding. Irs 1040 form However, if paid during the calendar year of death, they are subject to withholding for social security and Medicare taxes. Irs 1040 form These taxes should be included on the decedent's Form W-2 along with the taxes withheld before death. Irs 1040 form These wages are not included in box 1 of Form W-2. Irs 1040 form   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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The Irs 1040 Form

Irs 1040 form Publication 584 - Additional Material Table of Contents This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Irs 1040 form Please click the link to view the image. Irs 1040 form Entrance Hall This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Irs 1040 form Please click the link to view the image. Irs 1040 form Living Room This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Irs 1040 form Please click the link to view the image. Irs 1040 form Dining Room This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Irs 1040 form Please click the link to view the image. Irs 1040 form Kitchen This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Irs 1040 form Please click the link to view the image. Irs 1040 form Den This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Irs 1040 form Please click the link to view the image. Irs 1040 form Bedrooms This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. 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Irs 1040 form If you used the entire property as your home, fill out only column (a). Irs 1040 form 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)). Irs 1040 form 1. Irs 1040 form Description of property (Show location and date acquired. Irs 1040 form )     (a)  Personal Part (b)  Business/Rental Part 2. Irs 1040 form Cost or other (adjusted) basis of property (from Worksheet A)     3. Irs 1040 form Insurance or other reimbursement Note. Irs 1040 form If line 2 is more than line 3, skip line 4. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form     4. Irs 1040 form Gain from casualty. Irs 1040 form If line 3 is more than line 2, enter the difference here and skip lines 5 through 9. Irs 1040 form But see Next below line 9. Irs 1040 form     5. Irs 1040 form Fair market value before casualty     6. Irs 1040 form Fair market value after casualty     7. Irs 1040 form Decrease in fair market value. Irs 1040 form Subtract line 6 from line 5. Irs 1040 form     8. Irs 1040 form Enter the smaller of line 2 or line 7 Note for business/rental part. Irs 1040 form If the property was totally destroyed by casualty, enter on line 8, column (b) the amount from line 2, column (b). Irs 1040 form     9. Irs 1040 form Subtract line 3 from line 8. Irs 1040 form If zero or less, enter -0-. Irs 1040 form     Next: Transfer the entries from line 1 and lines 2-9, column (a), above to the corresponding lines on Form 4684, Section A. Irs 1040 form Transfer the entries from line 1 and lines 2-9, column (b), to the corresponding lines on Form 4684, Section B. Irs 1040 form Worksheet A. Irs 1040 form Cost or Other (Adjusted) Basis Caution. Irs 1040 form See the Worksheet A Instructions before you use this worksheet. Irs 1040 form         (a) Personal Part (b) Business/Rental Part 1. Irs 1040 form   Enter the purchase price of the home damaged or destroyed. Irs 1040 form (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. Irs 1040 form ) 1. Irs 1040 form     2. Irs 1040 form   Seller paid points for home bought after 1990. Irs 1040 form Do not include any seller-paid points you already subtracted to arrive at the amount entered on line 1 2. Irs 1040 form     3. Irs 1040 form   Subtract line 2 from line 1 3. Irs 1040 form     4. Irs 1040 form   Settlement fees or closing costs. Irs 1040 form (See Settlement costs in Publication 551. Irs 1040 form ) If line 1 includes the adjusted basis of the new home from Form 2119, skip lines 4a-4g and 5; go to line 6. Irs 1040 form         a. Irs 1040 form Abstract and recording fees 4a. Irs 1040 form       b. Irs 1040 form Legal fees (including fees for title search and preparing documents) 4b. Irs 1040 form       c. Irs 1040 form Survey fees 4c. Irs 1040 form       d. Irs 1040 form Title insurance 4d. Irs 1040 form       e. Irs 1040 form Transfer or stamp taxes 4e. Irs 1040 form       f. Irs 1040 form Amounts that the seller owed that you agreed to pay (back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, and sales commissions) 4f. Irs 1040 form       g. Irs 1040 form Other 4g. Irs 1040 form     5. Irs 1040 form   Add lines 4a through 4g 5. Irs 1040 form     6. Irs 1040 form   Cost of additions and improvements. Irs 1040 form (See Increases to Basis in Publication 551. Irs 1040 form ) Do not include any additions and improvements included on line 1 6. Irs 1040 form     7. Irs 1040 form   Special tax assessments paid for local improvements, such as streets and sidewalks 7. Irs 1040 form     8. Irs 1040 form   Other increases to basis 8. Irs 1040 form     9. Irs 1040 form   Add lines 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 9. Irs 1040 form     10. Irs 1040 form   Depreciation allowed or allowable, related to the business use or rental of the home 10. Irs 1040 form 0   11. Irs 1040 form   Other decreases to basis (See Decreases to Basis in Publication 551. Irs 1040 form ) 11. Irs 1040 form     12. Irs 1040 form   Add lines 10 and 11 12. Irs 1040 form     13. Irs 1040 form   Cost or other (adjusted) basis of home damaged or destroyed. Irs 1040 form Subtract line 12 from line 9. Irs 1040 form Enter here and on Schedule 20, line 2 13. Irs 1040 form     Worksheet A Instructions. Irs 1040 form If you use Worksheet A to figure the cost or other (adjusted) basis of your home, follow these instructions. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form IF. Irs 1040 form . Irs 1040 form . Irs 1040 form   THEN. Irs 1040 form . Irs 1040 form . Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form 2 find your basis using the rules under Inherited Property in Publication 551. Irs 1040 form Enter this amount on line 5 of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 2 if you can add any federal gift tax to your basis, enter that amount on line 5 of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form 3 fill out the rest of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form (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. Irs 1040 form ) 2 fill out the rest of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form you built your home 1 add the purchase price of the land and the cost of building the home. Irs 1040 form Enter that total on line 1 of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form (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. Irs 1040 form ) 2 fill out the rest of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form you received your home from your spouse after July 18, 1984 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form 2 enter on line 5 of the worksheet your spouse's cost or other (adjusted) basis in the home just before you received it. Irs 1040 form 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after the transfer. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form   you received your home from your spouse before July 19, 1984 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form 2 enter on line 5 of the worksheet the home's fair market value at the time you received it. Irs 1040 form 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after the transfer. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 2 multiply the amount on line 13 of that worksheet by 50% (0. Irs 1040 form 50) to get the adjusted basis of your half-interest at the time of the transfer. Irs 1040 form 3 multiply the fair market value of the home at the time of the transfer by 50% (0. Irs 1040 form 50). Irs 1040 form Generally, this is the basis of the half-interest that your spouse owned. Irs 1040 form 4 add the amounts from steps 2 and 3 and enter the total on line 5 of a second worksheet. Irs 1040 form 5 complete lines 6–13 of the second worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after the transfer. Irs 1040 form you owned your home jointly with a nonspouse 1 fill out lines 1–13 of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form 2 multiply the amount on line 13 by your percentage of ownership to get the adjusted basis of your part-interest. Irs 1040 form Worksheet A Instructions. Irs 1040 form (Continued) IF. Irs 1040 form . Irs 1040 form . Irs 1040 form   THEN. Irs 1040 form . Irs 1040 form . Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 2 multiply the amount on line 13 of that worksheet by 50% (0. Irs 1040 form 50) to get the adjusted basis of your half-interest on the date of death. Irs 1040 form 3 figure the basis for the half-interest owned by your spouse. Irs 1040 form This is one-half of the fair market value on the date of death (or later alternate valuation used for estate or inheritance tax). Irs 1040 form (The basis in your half will remain one-half of the adjusted basis determined in step 2. Irs 1040 form ) 4 add the amounts from steps 2 and 3 and enter the total on line 5 of a second worksheet. Irs 1040 form 5 complete lines 6–13 of the second worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after your spouse's death. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 2 enter the amount of your basis on line 5 of the worksheet. Irs 1040 form Generally, this is the fair market value of the home at the time of death. Irs 1040 form (But see Community Property in Publication 551 for special rules. Irs 1040 form ) 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after your spouse's death. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form This is the basis for the co-owner's part-interest. Irs 1040 form 4 add the amounts from steps 2 and 3 and enter the total on line 5 of a second worksheet. Irs 1040 form 5 complete lines 6–13 of the second worksheet, including adjustments to basis only for events after the co-owner's death. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form 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. Irs 1040 form the person who sold you your home paid points on your loan and you bought your home after 1990 but before April 4, 1994. Irs 1040 form   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). Irs 1040 form 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). Irs 1040 form 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)). Irs 1040 form none of these items apply   fill out the entire worksheet. Irs 1040 form Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications