Submitted By: Jack
Answered: May 13, 2014 8:30 am

I received a legal settlement from an insurance company as a result of my sister’s death in a car accident (I’m her next of kin). Is this taxable to me?

Sorry about your personal loss. The settlement is tax free to you because it is compensation for personal physical injury. However, if any part of the settlement is for punitive damages, those are taxable.

Tax Glossary

Amount recognized

The amount of gain reportable and subject to tax. On certain tax-free exchanges of property, gain is not recognized in the year it is realized.

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