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Are fees paid by an estate to an executor subject to federal income tax?

Tallahassee, FL |

I was paid a fee by the estate of my aunt to complete a property transfer from my uncle's name into my aunts estate. Do I need to claim this fee on my federal return? Should the estate issue any form for me to use?

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  1. Best answer

    Yes, regardless of whether you receive a 1099, you are subject to income taxes on the earned income. This is why so many executor's waive their fees and just take distributions which are not subject to income taxes.


  2. If you were paid over $600 the estate should issue you a 1099 form. If the decedent had a trade or business you have self-employment income and should pay self-employment tax in addition to income tax.


  3. Yes, you did work for the estate and that is income subject to income tax. The estate should send you a 1099 form, but you are required to report the income even if you don't receive the form.

    The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

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