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I hired a tax accountant for my Grandmothers trust. She died in 2017 and most of her money was already paid out to the 4 beneficiaries. My tax accountant is asking for the social security number's of the beneficiaries. Does he need this information in order to file her 2017 individual, estate or trust taxes.

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I think I already sent all the necessary information. I don't have social security numbers for 3 of the beneficiaries.

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Tax Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 4 months ago
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Hi. My name’s Lane.

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I hold a law degree, with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA in finance, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS (Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist) designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice, since 1986.

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Tax Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 4 months ago

Yes, unless you want the trust to owe tax on all of the income (trusts get to the 39.6% bracket at 12,000+ of income ... where individuals do not reach that level of taxation until their income is over $400,000.

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He is asking for this so that he can use the 1041's schedule K-1 to distribute out the income to the beneficiaries, (by taking a distribution deduction on schedule B of the 1041, so that the trust doesn't pay the tax).

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Now, is what was distributed was all corpus (principal) and there was only a small amount of income, then he can let the trust pay the tax.

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But typically passing out income (where there IS income) has the higher tax benefit, leaving more to be distributed to the beneficiaries

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Tax Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 4 months ago

What did the estate consist of?

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