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With a will comes an executor - who could easily be the same person that is the successor trustee of your trust. And that's the answer - your executor will file your final 1040. One of the terms of the trust should be to pay your final expenses. And one of those expenses would be your final income taxes.

My wife died in January 2019. For the 2019 tax year, I was required to file Form 1040 and Form 540 as our final MFJ tax returns. In addition, I had to file Form 1041 and Form 541 for my wife's estate. Were the these forms required because her inheritance from her mother's death wasn't received until after her death?

I did make a mistake in stating Form 1041 covered the period prior to death.
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