Tag Archives: Death

Things Are Not Always What They Seem

    Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room.  Instead the they were given a small space in the cold basement.  As they made their bed on the hard floor, the […]

Wisdom of the (S)ages

There will always be death and taxes; however, death doesn’t get worse every year. I am having an out of money experience.

IRA Penalty

Today TaxMama® hears from Ed in the TaxQuips Forum, who is concerned “I was a beneficiary of my father’s IRA in 2009, after he died. I took out the entire amount at that time and paid the taxes due. Everything I read on the web indicates that I do not owe an early distribution penalty. […]

Estate vs Estate

Today TaxMama® hears from Kelly in the TaxQuips Forum, who is confused. Let me summarize. “Kelly’s father died, leaving the house to the children. But the value is less than $5 million, so no estate tax return needs to be filed. Why do they need to file anything to report the sale of the property?”

Taxes After Death

Today TaxMama® hears from Darlene in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “A couple has filed married filing separately for at least 4 years. About 3 years ago he went into a nursing home. She continue to file married filing separately, preparing his return for him also. The nursing home took just about all his […]

Personal Residence Exclusion after Death

Today TaxMama® hears from Tina in the TaxQuips Forum with this convoluted question. “A person has resided in the same one-family residence in for the last ten years without any children or wife. This person was bound into an estate contract to sell his residence for $800,000 in November, 2011 when his tax basis in […]

2010 Estate Reporting Form 8939 is Due Nov. 15

Courtesy of  IRS [TaxMama note: this applies deaths that took place in 2010. Even if you don’t think your family has an estate – PAY ATTENTION! If you don’t file the paperwork to establish the value of home, stocks or other assets owned by the person who died, you may end up with a tax […]

Personal Residence Exclusion

Today TaxMama hears from Nony in California who wants to know. “My parents recently moved to a retirement community and were preparing their house for sale. Mom just died – the house was not yet on the market. Does Dad still get the $500K capital gains exemption or only $250K since Mom died before the […]

Family Death During Year

Today TaxMama hears from Fran in the Tax Parlor, who tells us. “My mother died in 2006 and received Social Security monthly, getting about $700 per month. In addition, she had investments totaling about $60,000 that paid less than $5,000. Do I need to file a return? If so, what info and forms do I […]

After Death

Today TaxMama hears from Cheryl in Kansas who wants to know, “Do you have to file an estate return when the whole estate is going to be less than $200,000? There are 3 heirs (1 in Kansas and 2 in Texas). The assets include the funds from the sale of the house (about $145,000) and […]