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Can burial urns, cemetery plots , and monuments be used as deductions?

Burial Urn and Required vault   $1079.00 
Burial cemetery plot   $375.00                                                                     
Cemetery plot monument  $2463.00  Can these be used as deductions?
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Can burial urns, cemetery plots , and monuments be used as deductions?

Just for the purposes of clarification, funeral expenses can be deducted on Form 706 (which is an estate tax return and filed for a miniscule number of estates), but cannot be deducted on an estate income tax return (Form 1041).

 

See https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i1041#en_US_2022_publink100077445

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Can burial urns, cemetery plots , and monuments be used as deductions?

Not on your individual tax return.  But they can be deducted as part of the estate tax return.

 

Individual taxpayers cannot deduct funeral expenses on their tax return. While the IRS allows deductions for medical expenses, funeral costs are not included. Qualified medical expenses must be used to prevent or treat a medical illness or condition.

Deducting funeral expenses as part of an estate

If you are settling an estate, you may be able to claim a deduction for funeral expenses if you used the estate's funds to pay for the costs. Many estates do not actually use this deduction, since most estates are less than the amount that is taxable. However, executors of estates that are subject to tax can use various deductions, including funeral expenses, to reduce the estate's overall taxable income.

 

The following expenses qualify for a tax deduction for eligible estates, as long as they are reasonable in nature: Embalming or cremation. Casket or urn. Burial plot and burial (internment).

 

Reporting funeral expenses on Form 706

If you administer an estate you use Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, to calculate the estate's tax liability. To report funeral expenses, you must complete Schedule J, Funeral Expenses and Expenses Incurred in Administering Property Subject to Claims, which is attached to Form 706. On this schedule, you should itemize the funeral expenses and enter the total under Total funeral expenses.


 

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Can burial urns, cemetery plots , and monuments be used as deductions?

Just for the purposes of clarification, funeral expenses can be deducted on Form 706 (which is an estate tax return and filed for a miniscule number of estates), but cannot be deducted on an estate income tax return (Form 1041).

 

See https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i1041#en_US_2022_publink100077445

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