Publication 4895 - Introductory Material


Throughout this publication, section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise noted.

More information. For more information about the latest developments on Publication 4895, go to For information about Form 8939 and its instructions go to

Election required. In order for the modified carryover basis rules described in this publication to apply to property you acquired from a decedent who died in 2010, the estate's executor must make a valid and timely election (Section 1022 Election) on Form 8939, Allocation of Increase in Basis for Property Received From a Decedent. If the executor does not make a valid and timely Section 1022 Election, the rules in effect for determining basis in property acquired from a decedent who died immediately before 2010 will apply. For information on the rules applicable if the Section 1022 Election is not made, see Pub. 551.


This publication is designed to help executors and individuals who acquired property from a decedent dying in 2010, for which the Section 1022 Election has been made, determine the tax treatment of the property acquired. See Property Acquired From the Decedent, later.

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Useful Items - You may want to see:


  • 551 Basis of Assets

  • 555 Community Property

  • 559 Survivors, Executors, and Administrators

Form (and Instructions)

  • 8939 Allocation of Increase in Basis for Property Received From a Decedent

  • 706 United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return

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