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Although you do need to pay the taxes to avoid the taxing authorities from foreclosing on the house to collect the taxes, you do have a claim against the estate of the decedent for the period prior to death. Ultimate liability for the taxes for the year in which you inherited the property are allocated between you and the estate based upon when you inherited the property. For the portion of the year prior to the decedent's death, the decedent's estate is liable and if the executor of the estate won't reimburse you if you pay the taxes, then file a suit against the estate to collect those taxes.
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