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My relative died in December, 2011 without a will. I have

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My relative died in December, 2011 without a will. I have petitioned the courts to be appointed administrator, which was granted last week. Earlier, I got an extension to file his 2011 taxes because the attorney wanted me to wait until after I had applied for an EIN. I also got that last week. Now I don't know whether to file a 1040 or a 1041 for 2011. Is the extension good for either form? What about forms 56 and 1310; do I need to file one or both with the return? If the estate settles this year, will I need to file a 1041 for 2012? Do I have to report as income any reimbursements from the estate for time and expenses? If so, what line? I would like to provide your answer to the estate attorney, if OK. He absolutely refuses to give assistance on federal matters other than civil service. Thanks!
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Shawn P Adamo :

Hello. My specialty is focusing on YOUR Financial needs. Financial Planner/Business Owner for 20 years. CPA,PFS,QFP,GMMA.

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File a 1040 for your relative. Later you will file a 1041 if necessary (in 2013 for 2012 if the estate settles).

Shawn P Adamo :

My advice regarding that attorney is to change! Find a reasonable attorney (I know that will be a challenge LOL). Find one who does this on a regular basis, who will assist you with these common type questions (new for you but not someone who does this routinely).

Shawn P Adamo :

Don't report as income any reimbursements from the estate.

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If this does not answer your question please let me know. Also let me know if you have additional questions.


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Customer:

You did not reply with an answer for forms 56 and 1310. My attorney came highly recommended, and I appreciate that he is up front about his position on federal taxes.

Customer:

I failed to mention that there is a refund of $1035 if I file a 1040.

Shawn P Adamo :

yes, you MUST file form 56.

Shawn P Adamo :

This should be filed AGAIN when the relationship is terminated (i.e. estate settled).

Shawn P Adamo :

If you feel that the deceased taxpayer warrants a tax refund, form 1340 should also be filed.

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I believe that should answer all you questions. please let me know if it does not.

Shawn P Adamo :

Again, as a professional, indicating what should be filed with respect to the IRS (vs actually completing the forms) is standard practice for estate and other attorneys (at least the basic forms). I mean no disrespect but the basic forms are well known. Obviously there may be unique forms for every individual and estate, but the basics are always required.

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I see that you are in the chat so i'll stay here.

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I am satisfied with the response I got, especially the promptness. You blew away the IRS.

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