Submitted By: someone
Answered: April 21, 2017 8:49 am

My husband died in 2016. Can I deduct his funeral expenses on our joint return for that year?

Sorry for your loss, but unfortunately, funeral expenses cannot be claimed as an income tax deduction. If the value of your husband’s estate was large enough to require the filing of a federal estate tax return, then funeral expenses can be deducted on that return, Form 706.

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Tax Glossary

Itemized deductions

Items, such as interest, state and local income and sales taxes, charitable contributions, and medical deductions, claimed on Schedule A of Form 1040. Itemized deductions are subtracted from adjusted gross income to arrive at taxable income. The amount of itemized deductions is also subject to a reduction when adjusted gross income exceeds certain limits.

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