What is the value of the estate? Are you trying to work out the step up basis for the heirs?
What assets are there in the estate?
The cost basis of the investments is approximately $1,500,000.
The step up basis at 08/08/2010 (date of death) is approximately $2,000,000
In your case, if you do not file the estate tax return than you will get a step up basis on assets upto $1.3 mn.
In order to get complete step up in basis, you need to opt for filing the estate tax return. Since the estate is under $5 mn there is not estate tax due but atleast you can get step up on all the assets.
You may want to read the article at the link below to get more details on this-
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#2 IN ORDER TO GET THE STEP UP BASIS (ADDING THE $1.3 MILLION) DO I HAVE TO FILE AN ESTATE RETURN, FORM 706, OR CAN I ALLOCATE THIS STEP UP TO THE VARIOUS ASSETS AND USE THIS STEPPED UP BASIS WHEN THE STOCKS/BONDS ARE EVENTUALLY SOLD.
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IN YOUR CASE, IF YOU DO NOT FILE THE ESTATE TAX RETURN THEN YOU WILL GET A STEPPED UP BASIS ON ASSETS UO TIO $1.3...
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Yes, in order to get step up basis for all the assets you need to file the estate tax return.
Else you can step up the basis of assets upto $1.3Mn and the balance assets carryover the decedent's cost basis.
In order to make these basis decisions, the administrator would typically have to file Form 8939 along with the Form 1040 for the deceased person.