Client is in bankruptcy during 2014 and was discharged on March 2015, who needs to file 2014 tax return, Trustee or Client?

I have a client that declared bankruptcy on 2013, the pre-bankruptcy return was prepared by the Trustee and the annual return for 2013 also, my client was discharged on March 2015, who should be preparing the 2014 return the client or the trustee as the client as of December 31 2014 was still in Bankruptcy?


Your question is unclear: You stated "is in bankruptcy in 2014" in the header and "declared bankruptcy on 2013" in the body of the question. Based on the fact that you stated twice that the client was discharged "on March 2015" tells me that the bankruptcy was filed some time in June 2014 (9 months prior).

based on a 2014 bankruptcy date the trustee must file the PRE-bankruptcy half of the 2014 tax year and the estate is liable for any taxes owing or entitled to refunds payable (not the bankrupt)

Some trustees (as a courtesy) will file the POST part but the discharged bankrupt is liable for taxes owing or entitled to refunds payable

Many get confused with this: The 2013 tax return is a non-issue here, except that taxes are due on April 30th/2014

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