Capital Gains Taxes For Trusts, Estates, and Beneficiaries of Estates in 2010 Are The Subject of IRS Attention. By: Attorney David M. Frees III
If you inherited assets from a trust or an estate where the decedent died during 2010 you probably thought that you were spared the worries and expenses of the federal estate tax. And strictly speaking, it appears that you’d be right. But, you may not have completely dodged the tax bullet and even the IRS hasn’t weighed in yet on exactly what you need to do.
Congress unexpectedly allowed the federal estate tax to lapse at the end of 2009 and despite regular threats to impose a retroactive estate tax, it appears that there will be no federal estate tax for this year.
However, since most lawyers, accountants and financial advisers expected Congress to address the situation and even the IRS held off, there are now many unanswered questions about the tax returns for these estates and their beneficiaries.
In particular, there are numerous unanswered questions about the new carry over basis rules and what they really mean for estates and beneficiaries who inherit assets and later sell them.
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