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How to Inherit Tax Debts


Marry the debtor. Spouses inherit most debt obligations of their partners, including tax debts.


Become the top heir to the estate in the debtor's will. Upon death, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will go after the debt the deceased owes it by taking it from assets in the estate. If the estate falls short of covering the taxes due, the IRS can pursue the heir for payment.


Cosign for auto loans, mortgages, credit card accounts, savings accounts and checking accounts of the debtor. This will simplify collection of the deceased's debt and tie you more closely to her assets.


Consult a tax accountant or tax attorney. The responsibility of heirs with respect to tax debt involves many factors, and it's worth getting professional advice and possibly assistance with some of the steps.

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