Do inheritance checks get reported to the IRS? Do these checks get reported? What are you going to do about that if they do it?
There’s the publication or the form that transactions get reported with the IRS, which is form 8300. It says that, yes, transactions over $10,000 must be reported by banks and financial institutions to the IRS. But it’s not every transaction, not every deposit, not every check. So, what’s it?
It’s $10,000 of cash or cash equivalents. An actual regular check won’t qualify. But if it’s a money order or a cashier’s check, then that bank does have to report to the IRS that this transaction happened.
What happens with that? The IRS uses that data to do whatever they are going to do. They use that in some way, and they probably cherry-pick the red flags and go after and investigate them. Should you worry about that with your inheritance? Typically, no.
Most of the time, the inheritance is going to be paid to you with a regular check, not a money order, not a cashier’s check. It’s going to be paid to you with a regular check drawn on the bank account of the state or trust. It might come to you on a wire transfer, and wire transfers don’t qualify. So, most of the time, you’re going to be okay.
What if you do get cash? What if you do get a cashier’s check? The bank will report it. Do you have to report it? The rule around individuals who receive an inheritance is no, you don’t. But the bank is going to report it, and that’s good enough.
So, when you get your inheritance, the real plan is to now plan your estate. You now have something you need to plan for. You probably already did. If you own a home, you already did. But use this as an opportunity to get your affairs in order. Give our office a call if you need help with that.
Inheritance checks are generally not reported to the IRS unless they involve cash or cash equivalents exceeding $10,000. Banks and financial institutions are required to report such transactions using Form 8300. Most inheritances are paid by regular check, wire transfer, or other means that don’t qualify for reporting. Keystone Law Firm is here to help you get your affairs in order and ensure your compliance with the law.