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

Capital expenses

Costs that are not currently deductible and that are added to the basis of property. A capital expense generally increases the value of property. When added to depreciable property, the cost is deductible over the life of the asset.

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