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Answered: March 25, 2020 2:48 am

Are funeral expenses tax deductible?

For income tax purposes, you cannot deduct funeral and burial expenses. If the decedent’s estate was large enough to be subject to federal estate tax, then these costs are deductible on the estate tax return, Form 706. The threshold for filing a federal estate tax return is $11.4 million for a decedent dying in 2019 and $11.58 million for a decedent dying in 2020.

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Nonperiodic distributions

A 20% withholding rule applies to nonperiodic distributions, such as lump-sum distributions, paid directly to employees from an employer plan.

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