Am I responsible for filing my father’s final return? He had no will, no estate, and little money. No one was named the executor.

My father passed away with no will, and no estate. He did not own anything and had very little in the bank. 

It fell to me to pay for his funeral expenses, (because no one else would) so I applied for the CPP death benefit (which was issued to me and not the estate). 

Cash he had in the bank was reimbursed to me for funeral expenses, and the remainder was paid to my brother and I (less than $500 each, given at the bank’s discretion since there was no will).

I do not expect him to get a return on his taxes and really want nothing to do with his final paperwork. 

Am I required to file his final return since I am connected via the CPP benefit and funeral expenses? Or can I walk away?

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I'm sorry for your loss.  The final return is always required for a deceased person. On the final return, you must report the income earned by the deceased person between Jan. 1 and the date of death.

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