The first income tax in the United States was assessed in 1862 to help raise funds for the American Civil War. Its rate was only a mere 3%. Today the IRS collects over $2.4 trillion each year from around 234 million tax returns. To be clear, it collects it from the living, and it collects it from the dead. That’s right, even the dead are required to file taxes.
Let’s consider for a moment that a virus of catastrophic proportions breaks out in the Central Valley, leaving the infected to turn into the walking dead – a-la zombie style. Let’s take it a step further and imagine that your spouse (your wife in our example) gets bitten by one of those zombies and turns into one herself.
As far as tax filing is concerned, you’ll still need to file jointly if that’s how you filed pre-apocalypse. The point is, just file as you normally have but be sure to declare her as deceased. Unfortunately there’s nothing you can say or do that would change the IRS’s view on this – one more year of filing still needs to be done for her. There’s no, “She turned into a zombie, please cut me some slack” option.
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Zombie Apocalypse aside, the deceased are indeed required to file taxes for the tax year of which they have passed away. Here are just a few of the taxable items you must remember that the deceased are still accountable for:
- Federal, State and Local Income Tax
- Property Taxes
- Business Taxes
- Child Support
If there is a sizable estate or any level of complexity to your filing, please be sure to come see us (MBS Accountancy) in Fresno, CA and we’ll take care of you! We look forward to your questions and comments below.