Does the beneficiary of a trust have a right to see the 1041 tax return for the trust?

Asked over 2 years ago - Palo Alto, CA

The trust is ongoing and files a 1041 every year.

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  1. Janet Lee Brewer

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    Answered . The beneficiary usually has the right to an annual "accounting". If you've been provided with a balance sheet (statement of assets and liabilities) and an income statement (statement of income and expenses), then the trustee would not need to show you the 1041. However, you would have the right to receive (and definitely should so you can file your own tax return accurately!) a "K-1" form for your share of the income and expenses.

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  2. Steven J. Fromm

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    Answered . Ms. Brewer offers sound advice. You should make the request for it in writing. If you are already getting a Form K-1 (1041) there should reallly be no problem here. If so get with an estate litigation attorney as this may be a sign of trouble or that the trustee is hiding something.

    Your facts are vague and for the most part complicated factually and from a legal standpoint. You need to sit down with an estates estates attorney to explore your options. This forum cannot give you what you need.

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