Last year’s “Highway Bill”, Regarding Beneficiaries Acquiring Property From a Decedent, requires certain estates to file Form 8971 to ensure consistent basis reporting among estates and their beneficiaries.
On February 29, 2016, the IRS plans to begin accepting basis information with respect to property acquired from decedents as required by H.R. 3236, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, signed into law on July 31, 2015.
The law created IRC §6035, which requires the executor of an estate required to file an estate tax return to also provide certain statements to the IRS and to beneficiaries receiving inherited property. This also applies to IRC §6018(b) filers.
The law also adds IRC §1014(f), which requires consistent basis reporting between an estate and the beneficiary receiving property from a decedent.
These changes apply to any estate tax return filed, and to property with respect to which an estate tax return is filed, after July 31, 2015.
The IRS is working steadily to identify and define the policy, procedural, and information system changes necessary to meet the requirements of the new law. Please see Notice 2015-57 for important information.