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Can I Write Off Funeral Expenses on My Taxes?

Can I Write Off Funeral Expenses on My Taxes?

By on Jan 24, 2017 in Taxes | 0 comments

Some people are under the assumption that since you’re able to write off your medical expenses, that you’re also able to write off funeral expenses.

This is a wrong assumption to make, and no matter how much you might want to argue this, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will win. You just can’t do it. If you try, at the very least, your tax refund will get delayed. You also may be penalized resulting in a deduction of your refund, or if you owe, adding an additional amount to what you’re already required to pay. You could even risk getting audited!

In short, anything that doesn’t seem to be adding up right on your annual tax filing is subject to an additional amount of scrutiny, and it’s up to the IRS to determine how they’re going to deal with this discrepancy.

It’s Best to Check!

It’s best to verify with a professional tax service or with the IRS as to whether or not you can write off funeral expenses, or anything thing else for that matter. Success Tax Relief, a tax relief firm located in LaPorte, Texas, has over three decades of experience filing tax returns for people all over the country. Furthermore, our company specializes in alleviating tax debt situations for taxpayers who have found themselves in a considerable amount of debt with the IRS.

Proven Success!

We’ve handled hundreds of cases where people thought they could claim something or write off an expense that they weren’t supposed to, and helped rectify that error with minimum penalties simply by communicating to the IRS on behalf of our clients.

You don’t have to let it get that far out of hand. By simply educating yourself about the tax laws, you’ll be much better off in handling the way you file your tax return.

Making Sure It’s Done Right

Whether you’re the person who prefers to do your own taxes or hire someone to do it for you, make sure that whomever is handling your annual taxes is well informed because at the end of the day, if something’s not right on your annual filing, the IRS will be coming for you!

Now, About Those Funeral Expenses…

While you cannot file funeral expenses, there is an exception and that’s only if you paid for it from an estate.

Sandy Kaduce stresses the importance of pre-planning funeral arrangements in an article titled, Are funeral and cremation expenses tax deductible? on the National Cremation website. In it, Kaduce writes, “Although the cost of a pre-planned funeral cannot be deducted from your own taxes while you are still alive, pre-planning saves your heirs and loved ones from being forced to pay the cost of the funeral without any tax relief at a price higher than what a preplanned cremation and memorial would cost.” Likewise, pre-planning your tax filing with a reputable tax relief service can save you and your loved ones from financial stress.

Contact the professionals at Success Tax Relief to avoid financial stress. We offer free consultation for first-time inquires. Call us today at 877-825-1179 or contact us through our online form. You can also email us directly.

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