Good morning. As the executrix, you will file a last income tax return on behalf of your brother...you will base this on the best information you can gather...checkbooks, past returns, W-2's, 1099's, credit card bills, and his files. Then, if the estate while being probated has any income which rises to the level of taxability, you will cause the estate to file an income tax return. If no tax is going to be due, you will need not prepare the return. Also, you will need to determine, based on the size of the estate, whether any estate tax returns need to be filed.
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