Are Funeral Expenses Tax-Deductible? Everything You Need to Know

Funerals are expensive, so this is a common question from those left behind. Most people cannot deduct burial costs, but there are things you can do to manage them.

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The passing of a loved one is always a difficult burden to bear — physically, emotionally, mentally and monetarily.

Most, if not all, of the time, death and passing come as a surprise, with family members left behind having to carry the burden of shouldering funeral expenses, which often come at a costly price, especially in the absence of burial insurance.

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Anthony Martin
CEO and Founder, Choice Mutual

Anthony Martin is CEO and Founder of Choice Mutual. Nationally licensed life insurance agent with 10+ years of experience. Official Member at Forbes Finance Council. Obsessed with finances, building tech and collaborating with other successful entrepreneurs.