Taxpayers die, but liability for their unpaid taxes remains. Someone must compute tax liability for the deceased taxpayer, file the decedent's final income tax return, and pay the taxes (or claim refunds) due. At the death of the decedent, a separate taxable entity--the decedent's estate--is created. The estate is liable for the tax on the income received during the period of its administration. In addition, trusts created by the decedent's will are taxed as separate entities. CCH's Federal Income Taxes of Decedents, Estates and Trusts (22nd Edition) provides concise, plain-English coverage of these issues and more. It presents the fundamental rules for preparing a decedent's final income tax return and highlights the income tax rules for the decedent's estate and related trusts. Also covered are the special rules regarding the taxation of grantor trusts and bankruptcy estates. Fiduciary duties, including liability for filing a return and paying any taxes due on behalf of the estate or trust, are also thoroughly discussed. Examples illustrating these rules are provided throughout. Among the subjects covered in this quick answer reference are: - Decedent's last return - Death of a partnership member - Decedent's stock holdings - Income tax return of estate or trust - Grantor trusts - Beneficiary's tax liability - Bankruptcy estates - Fiduciary duties and liabilities Latest changes to the Internal Revenue Code, as well as new regulations, rulings and cases, are reflected throughout the text through date of publication.