Today I was alerted to the existence of a draft of the IRS from that will be required to be filed for estates of decedents dying in 2010 with estates in excess of $1.3 million. IRS Form 8939 - Allocation of Increase in Basis for Property Received from a Decedent. The due date is April 15, 2011.
This form is necessitated by the Modified Carryover Basis rules that replaced the estate tax for 2010. Each decedent's estate gets $1.3 million worth of basis to allocate to appreciated assets, with an additional $3 million for assets going to a surviving spouse. IRC Section 1022. The allocated basis will effectively eliminate capital gains tax liability for assets sold soon after death.