What is the best way to record the payout of a life insurance policy? (using Q Mac)

hve
hve Member ✭✭
I am about to receive a payout of a life insurance policy for which I an a beneficiary. Do I record that as income or something else?

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  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Normally, I would record this in my checking account as a deposit from life insurance company and categorize it as "Misc. Income, non-taxable".
    Next I would contact a tax advisor or tax attorney and try to find out if there are any tax consequences.
    If, for example, the life insurance company also sends you a federal 1099-MISC income tax form, you need to recategorize it as taxable income, as indicated on the form and include it in your 1040.