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Paying back taxes during the estate administration process

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2022 | Probate |

When a loved one passes away, those left behind are tasked with the responsibility of administering that person’s estate. The estate administration process involves paying off remaining debts, locating assets and distributing assets according to the terms of the will, as well as other requirements. One of the main steps will be to pay any back taxes associated with the Tennessee estate. 

Paying back taxes for a deceased individual 

There is typically one person appointed to oversee the administration of the estate, and that individual has the responsibility of seeing that any taxes owed by the decedent are paid. The funds to pay the back taxes may come from assets and money associated with the estate. Even if the estate owes money to other creditors, back taxes are one of the main priorities. 

Creditors have the right to pursue payment from the estate, including back taxes. If these debts remain unpaid, creditors may seek payment from assets distributed to heirs. The issue of back taxes and settling outstanding affairs after the passing of a loved one can be a complex task and loved ones may benefit from assistance as they navigate complex estate-related matters. 

Help at every step  

Dealing with estate-related matters can be complex and confusing for a Tennessee family. It may be prudent to seek the guidance and support of an experienced estate law attorney at every step. Legal counsel may be invaluable when handling matters such as the payment of back taxes and handling other financial matters that must be addressed before distributing assets and closing the estate.