What is the process of receiving an inheritance?
For the inheritance process to begin, a will must be submitted to probate. The probate court reviews the will, authorizes an executor and legally transfers assets to beneficiaries as outlined. Before the transfer, the executor will settle any of the deceased’s remaining debts.
What happens when you inherit money?
Inheritances are not considered income for federal tax purposes, whether you inherit cash, investments or property. However, any subsequent earnings on the inherited assets are taxable, unless it comes from a tax-free source.
Do you have to pay taxes on money you receive as a beneficiary?
Beneficiaries generally don’t have to pay income tax on money or other property they inherit, with the common exception of money withdrawn from an inherited retirement account (IRA or 401(k) plan). The good news for people who inherit money or other property is that they usually don’t have to pay income tax on it.