Is a Life Insurance Settlement Taxed?



Generally no, if you receive the proceeds under a life insurance contract because of the death of the insured person, the benefits are not included in gross income and do not have to be reported:


  • Any interest you receive would be taxable and would need to be reported just like any other interest received.
  • If the policy was transferred to you for cash or other valuable consideration, the exclusion for the proceeds is limited to the sum of the consideration you paid, additional premiums you paid, and certain other amounts.
  • There are some exceptions to this rule. For additional information, see Publication 525, at Taxable and Nontaxable Income.

Life insurance may be taxed if the beneficiary is an estate or a charity.  Always name an actual person as the beneficiary, and list two additional people in case the named beneficiary dies before you.


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