Do I owe taxes after the death of my mother? 5 Answers as of February 09, 2011My mother passed away last August. I am her daughter. I was told that I had to file taxes for her for last year. Is this true? And if so, if she owes taxes, am I responsible for paying those taxes? She did not have a will nor much money.
Steven J. Fromm | Steven J. Fromm & Associates, P.C.
You would have to file an income tax return for your mom for the period of January 1, 2010 until the date of death sometime in August. You have not provided any information to determine whether she owes income taxes, so you need to prepare the return to know for sure if taxes are due. As for other taxes, you do not mention your mom's state of residence, but many states have an inheritance tax. So you need to check this out. As for the federal estate taxes, there is no federal estate tax for 2010, so her estate would owe no federal estate taxes. Finally, you are not personally liable for her income taxes, but her estate would be responsible for her taxes. So any taxes would need to be paid from her estate assets.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania