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hayesrn223
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My mother passed away 4/12/ 2017 and her taxes were not done for 2016. Do I file taxes normally for 2016 (since she was alive)? For 2017 taxes I notify irs of her death?

Because if the timing of her passing 4/12/17.. what I understand is that when I do her 2017 taxes that's when I indicate her passing. For a final return? 

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Opus 17
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My mother passed away 4/12/ 2017 and her taxes were not done for 2016. Do I file taxes normally for 2016 (since she was alive)? For 2017 taxes I notify irs of her death?

First, you need to be her legal representative.  (Power of attorney, even if you have it, dissolves when she dies.)  There will be some procedure in your state to be named her personal representative or administrator of her estate.  Then you would file her 2016 tax return.  In Turbotax there is a box you can check for "taxpayer died in 2017 but before the return was filed."  You will need to print and file by mail.  Write "deceased" and the date at the top of page 1, and sign the back in your own name plus "personal representative."

Then you will also need to file a 2017 return for any 2017 taxable income she had before she passed.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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Opus 17
Level 15

My mother passed away 4/12/ 2017 and her taxes were not done for 2016. Do I file taxes normally for 2016 (since she was alive)? For 2017 taxes I notify irs of her death?

First, you need to be her legal representative.  (Power of attorney, even if you have it, dissolves when she dies.)  There will be some procedure in your state to be named her personal representative or administrator of her estate.  Then you would file her 2016 tax return.  In Turbotax there is a box you can check for "taxpayer died in 2017 but before the return was filed."  You will need to print and file by mail.  Write "deceased" and the date at the top of page 1, and sign the back in your own name plus "personal representative."

Then you will also need to file a 2017 return for any 2017 taxable income she had before she passed.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
macuser_22
Level 15

My mother passed away 4/12/ 2017 and her taxes were not done for 2016. Do I file taxes normally for 2016 (since she was alive)? For 2017 taxes I notify irs of her death?

Suggest that you read IRS Pub 559 (Survivors, Executors, and Administrators) for a lot of good information about filing the final return and estate return and other requirements.

<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p559.pdf">https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p559.pdf</a>
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
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