When a loved one passes away, taxes are the very last thing on most people’s minds. Emotions are high, and in the face of all the funerary decisions that must be made, confusion is commonplace. It may seem counterintuitive—or perhaps downright odd—to factor a loved one’s taxes into the list of things that must be considered. However, while settling a person’s final tax needs may seem tedious, it is, unfortunately, a necessary procedure.
Details You Must Consider
The fine details of a person’s financial situation are as varied as people are. Hence, final tax needs, such as the preparation of a final tax return, must be handled with care. Facts about the decedent’s income, marital status, and estate will determine which completed forms are necessary. Medical expenses may, or may not, be claimed as itemized deductions. The return signature process carries specific, official requirements to make the fact of the decedent’s passing clear upon receipt.
The process also varies if the decedent’s return claims a refund. Sometimes, factors such as real property, Social Security status, capital assets, and readily traded securities must be considered.
Sound complicated? That’s because it is—especially when you don’t have decades of tax experience under your belt.
Final tax decisions can often be lasting and impactful. If you predict future responsibility for a loved one’s final tax needs, make sure to do some legwork ahead of time to better understand the situation at hand. Then, turn to the professionals at Pro Tax Resolution so you can focus on your family.