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The Final 1040 and Estate Returns


Only two things are certain in life —death and taxes. Be prepared to assist taxpayers with tax filing before and after death. This course explains the basic rules for preparing a decedent’s final personal income tax return, the income tax rules governing a decedent’s estate and the federal estate tax return. Examples illustrating these rules when preparing Form 1040, 1041, and 706 are presented throughout the text.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Correctly allocate the amount of income, deductions, and credits on a final Form 1040.
  • Utilize a decedent’s net operating loss (NOL), capital loss carryovers, passive losses, and other tax attributes on the final Form 1040 to minimize tax.
  • Identify forms needed to finish a decedent’s final return.
  • Calculate distributable net income, fiduciary accounting income, and the income distribution deduction in compliance with both tax law and the governing document.
  • Calculate income in respect of a decedent in compliance with both tax law and the governing document.
  • Identify required documents and forms for completing Form 1041 for an estate.
  • Determine if the estate should make an election to treat a revocable trust as part of the estate in order to minimize tax.
  • Accurately report estate interest, dividend, capital gain, and miscellaneous income so the beneficiaries can accurately prepare their individual tax returns.
  • Identify the most appropriate form (Form 706 vs. Form 1041) for reporting a decedent’s deductible expenses in order to minimize the decedent’s overall tax burden.
  • Accurately complete Form 706 to use the portability exclusion.
  • Distinguish differences in estate tax rules between a resident and nonresident estate.

Course Details

  • Glossary - The book has a listing of terms that are unique to estates and also a listing of other forms an estate may be required to file
  • Case study
  • This course includes an e-book. CPE is issued after exam is successfully completed.


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