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Death and Taxes:

In Accounting & Finances, Business, Taxes on October 30, 2011 by Sufen Wang Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Think Taxes Will Be the Death of You?….  Well, Death Isn’t the End of Taxes…

Having trouble resting in peace? Do you feel that something is gravely wrong? Concerned about skeletons in your closet? You could be suffering from more than just Halloween fever – you might be haunted by the fact that you need to file that “LAST” tax return after your death!
 
Yes, you read that right: death does not excuse a final accounting with the IRS. Death and taxes may be equally inevitable, but
the taxman demands the last word, and the return is due by April 15 of the year following the taxpayer’s death. The estate tax return for a decedent who died after Dec. 16, 2010 is due nine months after the date of the decedent’s death.
 
However, if you died between Dec. 31, 2009 and Dec. 17, 2010, you’re in luck! The IRS decided to automatically grant filing extensions, as long as the executor timely files
Form 4768. That means no late filing and payment penalties on estates of decedents who submit Form 706 or 706-NA and pay the estate tax by March 19, 2012.
 
The IRS is offering another treat this Halloween season! The due date for
Basis Form 8939 – an information return used to report information about property acquired from a decedent and to allocate basis increase to certain property acquired from a decedent. – has been changed from Nov. 15, 2011 to Jan. 17, 2012. The IRS will not issue another extension and an executor may only file an amended Form 8939 by July 17, 2012 if the provisions of § 301.9100-2(b) are satisfied.

 The IRS has one more trick in its bag. Notice 2011-76 also provides penalty relief for certain beneficiaries of estates on their 2010 federal income tax returns. Usually the property recipient will be penalized if they don’t pay taxes on what they received – unless their neglect is due to a reasonable cause. Now, the IRS will presume that the recipient’s failure to pay was due to a reasonable cause; the recipient just needs to write “IRS Notice 2011-76” across the top of their amended return.
 

By the way, one last word, you really should “supervise” your executor to ensure that he/she files the extension on time and avoids any penalties. Not that it matters, since you personally do not have to worry about paying the extra dough! 

 
 
On the Money,
Sufen Wang
Wang Solutions
 

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