Can I file my girlfriends final income tax after she passed away? 5 Answers as of February 27, 2011

My girlfriend died last year of fentanyl poisoning and her insurance was left to me. Can I file her final income tax?

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David Hoines Law
David Hoines Law | David Hoines
The representative of her estate files.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 2/27/2011
Law Office of Harry Gordon Oliver II
Law Office of Harry Gordon Oliver II | Harry Gordon Oliver II
Yes, but life insurance proceeds are generally not taxable.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/14/2011
LT Pepper Law
LT Pepper Law | Luke T. Pepper
You can if you are appointed as the representative of her estate but you would be filing for her estate.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 2/14/2011
Steven J. Fromm
Steven J. Fromm | Steven J. Fromm & Associates, P.C.
To file a return for a decedent, you either need to be a spouse or the personal representative of the estate. You would have to go to the register of wills in the county where she last lived to get letters of administration. That will allow you to act for her estate. You should consult with an estates lawyer in your county to go over the details and procedures.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 2/14/2011
Meyer & Yee, LLP
Meyer & Yee, LLP | Kent W. Meyer
You can if you are named executor of her estate.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/14/2011
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