Do I need to pay taxes on a life insurance payout?

BRIAN ACTON | February 19, 2019

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Life insurance policies name a designated beneficiary or beneficiaries to receive a payout, or death benefit, in the case of the policyholder’s death. The beneficiary will then file a claim with the life insurance company to receive their payout when the insured dies (here's how that works). If you received a life insurance payout last year, you probably made more money in 2018 than you were expecting. You may be wondering how to handle that unexpected windfall when it comes to filing your tax returns. Here’s what you need to know.

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