Each heir's distribution will probably in shares of the equities,thus getting a stepped-up basis for each stock.My question is will the trust have to pay capital gains tax on all stocks appreciation once the distribution to the heirs occurs?_______________________________________There is really not enough information given.Generally, a trust does not recognize a gain on distributions - although it could elect to, by electing to treat the assets as being sold to the beneficiaries. And there may or may not be a step-up in basis at your MIL's death;If the trust was the subject of a QTIP election at your FIL's death, to qualify the trust for the marital deduction, it would be includible in your MIL's estate, and subject to a basis step-up at her death. You need to discuss this with the attorney who is handling MIL's estate, who I assume is familiar with the trust, as well as the will.Bill
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