The Final 1040 and Estate Returns Self-Study


This course explains the basic rules for preparing a decedent’s final personal income tax return after they have passed, 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.
  • Identify what is required to treat a revocable trust as part of 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

This course includes an e-book and exam questions to help you earn CPE. CPE is issued after the exam is successfully completed.


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How to Earn CPE

To receive credit for this self-study course, you must successfully pass the course exam with a score of 70% or better.

Self-study courses and exams generally expire one year from the date of purchase. The AFTR course expires on December 31 of each year as required by the IRS.

Cancellation Policy

​Because this is an online education offering, it is nonrefundable.

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