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I received a check from a life insurance policy in Washington

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I received a check from a life insurance policy in Washington state. How much do I need to set aside for tax purposes?
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Were the proceeds death benefits from a policy? If so, the following applies, and the proceeds are not taxable.

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Life insurance proceeds paid to you because of the death of the insured person are not taxable unless the policy was turned over to you for a price. This is true even if the proceeds were paid under an accident or health insurance policy or an endowment contract. However, interest income received as a result of life insurance proceeds may be taxable.

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http://www.irs.gov/publications/p525/ar02.html#en_US_2011_publink1000229373

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