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ace1521
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My father passed away in 2014. I received in 2017 a settlement check for unpaid wages for a previous job that my father worked. Do I need to file a return for my father ?

I already filed my father's final 2014 tax return in 2015.

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fanfare
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My father passed away in 2014. I received in 2017 a settlement check for unpaid wages for a previous job that my father worked. Do I need to file a return for my father ?

Do you have an income tax document showing this payment?

IRS Pub 559 --

"If the decedent accounted for income under the cash method, only those items actually or constructively received before death are included on the final return.

Income in Respect of a Decedent

All income the decedent would have received had death not occurred that was not properly includible on the final return, discussed earlier, is income in respect of a decedent.

How To Report

Income in respect of a decedent must be included in the income of one of the following.

  • The decedent's estate, if the estate receives it.
  • The beneficiary, if the right to income is passed directly to the beneficiary and the beneficiary receives it.
  • Any person to whom the estate properly distributes the right to receive it."
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