Friday, September 2, 2011

Form 8939 and 2010 Decedents

Under the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the "Act"), the estate of a 2010 decedent can either stay with the estate tax system with a $5 million exemption, 35% tax rate and full stepped up basis to date of death value, or make an election out of the estate tax system and into the carryover basis system by filing a Form 8939. Form 8939 is due November 15, 2011 according to IRS Notice 2011-66, but the Form itself has still not been released. There will be no extensions of the November15, 2011 due date and the election, once made, is irrevocable, according to the Notice. See our  January 2011 newsletter for a more complete discussion of the Act.