Paying Income Taxes as Executor

You can't avoid income taxes--you'll be filing a return for the deceased person, and maybe the estate.

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If you're an executor, you're going to be preparing an extra income tax return (or two) this year... The good news is that you can get expert help with these returns, and they're not likely to be very complicated anyway. You'll definitely be filing the final state and federal income tax returns for the deceased person. And if the estate stays open long enough to receive a certain amount of income, it will need its own income tax return as well.

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The Executor's Guide

The Executor's Guide

Settle an estate or trust with this all-in-one guide for executors. The Executor's Guide will help you make progress one step at a time through the unfamiliar land of legal procedures and terminology.


The Trustee's Legal Companion

The Trustee's Legal Companion

Learn the ins and outs of being a trustee with this guide for every trust administrator. The Trustee’s Legal Companion shows you exactly how to proceed within the terms of the trust and your state's law.


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