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When your mother's house was sold she would have reported in that year the sale (if required) and any capital gains tax paid in that year.
The money that is in your mother's account is not taxable to you and your siblings as along as it would not have been taxable to your mother. Example: a checking account or savings account is not taxable unless you earn interest. So if this was in a checking account it is not taxable to you now because it would not have been taxable to your mother.
She may not have had to file a tax return while in assisted living because of her exclusion on the sale of her residence. If your mother had owned and lived in the house for 2 of the 5 years before it sold then up to $250,000 of gain could have been excluded and no tax for her to pay or even report.
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