My mother passed away last year. Who files her income taxes?
I lost my Mama in October. I have no formal authority over her finances. Do I need to file income tax for her?
If your mother had taxable income last year, an income tax return would have to be filed on her behalf. However, if you are not appointed as either the executor or administrator of her estate, you would not have the authority to file an income tax return for her after her death. If she has a refund due her or if she owes taxes, it is important to file an income tax return on her behalf. All estates require at least some minimal form of probate. The filing of an income tax return will be one of the duties of the administrator or executor of her estate.
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