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Cost basis at time of death is being determined for probate.

I expect direct expenses for preparing for sale: new flooring, paint, masonery repair, cleaning, staging, trash removal, general repairs, required code upgrades, etc... and the costs of sale including real estate commissions and transfer taxes would be added to cost basis. What about the pro-rated property taxes paid in escrow, property taxes paid during probate, insurance during probate, and utilities during probate? Property is vacant during probate.

If it wasn't for the sale of the house, I would do the estate income tax return. It is likely that I engage professional help with the estate income tax return. No estate tax return is required. Individual income tax returns were filed for 2017 and are unlikely to be required for 2018.
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