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Is there a Federal tax on an inheritance of $25,000.00 cash

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Is there a Federal tax on an inheritance of $25,000.00 cash in 2011?
Hi and welcome to Just Answer!
The federal estate tax liability is for estates with total value above $5,000,000.

Please see for reference IRS publication 525 - page 34

Gifts and inheritances. Generally, property you receive as a gift, bequest, or inheritance is not included in your income. However, if property you receive this way later produces income such as interest, dividends, or rents, that income is taxable to you. If property is given to a trust and the income from it is paid, credited, or distributed to you, that income is also taxable to you. If the gift, bequest, or inheritance is the income from the property, that income is taxable to you.
So - unless you inherited funds in tax deferred accounts (such as 401k, IRA, etc) - your inheritance is not taxable.
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