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Who is responsible for income tax that was not paid by a deceased parent?

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2007-01-09 14:26:37
2007-01-09 14:26:37

I am very sorry to hear about you losing one of your parents. I lost my mother just over a year ago. Usually there is a Will and it's between husband and wife (in this case mother/father.) Generally everything goes to the spouse with the exception of possibly jewelry, china, etc., that your mother may have left to you or your siblings and that your father should give you if this is the case. Your father would be responsible for paying income tax. If your parents were divorced or your mother was a widow, then she too should have a Will. Before siblings can have any properties such as a house, land, condo, owned apartment, the estate has to go through the Probate. Probate makes sure that all creditors are paid off, all personal, house and land taxes are paid in full. What is left after this is divided according to your mother's wishes or if there is no will, according the the laws of your state. It is best to consult a probate attorney that deals with such things. If your mother has a lawyer and you know who it is, then please contact him/her and they will assist you in taking care of the estate for you.

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