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IRS does not tax inheritance unless the inheritance is distribution from a tax deferred account such as 401K, IRA, annuity or similar account.
Depending on the State the decedent was a resident of, inheritance may be subject to State inheritance tax.
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If the stocks are from her retirement account and you get a distribution from the retirement account than the amount is subject to income tax. If the stock is in retirement account than you cannot get the stock certificates. This would be held in the retirement account.
The tax will be on the value of the stock as of the distribution date if they are held in the retirement account.