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mickey88ri
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My mother died on December 24, 2017. I sold some of her mutual funds on December 28, 2017 for a capital loss. Can this loss be used in her 2017 income tax return.

 
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dmertz
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My mother died on December 24, 2017. I sold some of her mutual funds on December 28, 2017 for a capital loss. Can this loss be used in her 2017 income tax return.

This sale after you mother's death is not reportable on the mother's final personal income tax return.  If the account became part of your mother's probate estate as would be the case if the account was not a Transfer on Death account or jointly owned, the sale is reportable on an estate income tax return (Form 1041) of your mother's estate if the estate has more than $600 of gross income (including the proceeds of the mutual-fund sale) during the estate's tax-year.  The investment received a step-up or step-down in basis to the FMV on the date of death, so the change in value in the 4 days following your mother's death might not result in a significant amount of taxable income.

The assumption here is that the mutual funds were not held in a qualified retirement account, otherwise the treatment is quite different.

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dmertz
Level 15

My mother died on December 24, 2017. I sold some of her mutual funds on December 28, 2017 for a capital loss. Can this loss be used in her 2017 income tax return.

This sale after you mother's death is not reportable on the mother's final personal income tax return.  If the account became part of your mother's probate estate as would be the case if the account was not a Transfer on Death account or jointly owned, the sale is reportable on an estate income tax return (Form 1041) of your mother's estate if the estate has more than $600 of gross income (including the proceeds of the mutual-fund sale) during the estate's tax-year.  The investment received a step-up or step-down in basis to the FMV on the date of death, so the change in value in the 4 days following your mother's death might not result in a significant amount of taxable income.

The assumption here is that the mutual funds were not held in a qualified retirement account, otherwise the treatment is quite different.

dmertz
Level 15

My mother died on December 24, 2017. I sold some of her mutual funds on December 28, 2017 for a capital loss. Can this loss be used in her 2017 income tax return.

No sale should have been allowed after your mother's death until the personal representative of your mother's estate had been established according to the laws of her state or county and the account had been transferred to the estate, so this might take some effort to clean up.
dmertz
Level 15

My mother died on December 24, 2017. I sold some of her mutual funds on December 28, 2017 for a capital loss. Can this loss be used in her 2017 income tax return.

If you were a joint owner of the mutual fund account or a designated beneficiary of the account and the account became solely yours at your mother's death, the sale would be in your name and reportable on *your* tax return.
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