Publication 559

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Survivors, Executors, and Administrators


This publication is designed to help those in charge of the property (estate) of an individual who has died (decedent). It shows them how to complete and file federal income tax returns and points out their responsibility to pay any taxes due.

A comprehensive example, using tax forms, is included near the end of this publication. Also included at the end of this publication are the following items.

  • A checklist of the forms you may need and their due dates.
  • A worksheet to reconcile amounts reported in the decedent's name on information Forms W-2, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, etc. The worksheet will help you correctly determine the income to report on the decedent's final return and on the return for either the estate or a beneficiary.


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