SOI Tax Stats - Income from Estates and Trusts Statistics


Estates and Trusts OneSheetPDF

The U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts (Form 1041) is used to report the income, deductions, gains, and losses of estates and trusts, as well as distributions to beneficiaries and income tax liability. Entities are classified into types based on their purpose. These types include:

  • decedent's estates
  • simple trusts
  • complex trusts
  • qualified disability trusts
  • electing small business trust (ESBT)
  • grantor type trust
  • bankruptcy estates
  • pooled income funds

For information about selected terms and concepts, a description of the data sources and limitations, and links to recent revisions of Form 1041, please visit Income from Estates and Trusts Study Metadata.

Statistical Tables   SOI Bulletin Articles       Other IRS Data


Statistical Tables

The following tables are available as Microsoft Excel®  files.  A free Excel viewer is available for download, if needed.

Fiduciary Returns - Sources of Income, Deductions, and Tax Liability, by Tax Status and Size of Gross Income

Fiduciary Returns - Sources of Income, Deductions, and Tax Liability, by Type of Entity

Fiduciary Income and Deductions, by State and Entity Type


Archive - Fiduciary Income Tax Returns

The Tax Stats Table Wizard tool is no longer available due to declining usage and budgetary pressures.  However, both the public-use microdata and aggregated data used in the Table Wizard programs remain available as part of SOI's Tax Stats Web pages. For any questions or concerns, contact Statistical Information Services.


For selected tax returns, including the Form 1041, IRS's Office of Research produces annual forecasts of the number of returns that will be filed in future years.

    Projections of Returns to be Filed in Future Calendar Years

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SOI Bulletin Articles

The following are available as PDF files.  A free Adobe® reader is available for download, if needed.


  • Fiduciary Income Tax Returns

               2003-2004PDF          1997PDF          1982PDF

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Other SOI Data on Trusts

Form 5227 is an information return filed by split-interest trusts, those who make distributions to both charitable and noncharitable beneficiaries, while providing tax benefits to their donor.  Certain charitable trusts, those treated as private foundations except that they are not exempt from income taxes, annually file Form 990-PF.

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Other IRS Data and Related Links

For tax administration data on this topic, as well as other types of taxes, choose from the links below

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