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mimikay78
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I am on disability. I received a pmt from car ins. to replace car totaled in a hit and run accident, do I need to file taxes?

Because I have been on disability and haven't worked in several years I don't file taxes. Wanted to make sure in case I need to. Car replacement was under 4000.00
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Patrice
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I am on disability. I received a pmt from car ins. to replace car totaled in a hit and run accident, do I need to file taxes?

No, you do not have to file the money that you received for your car replacement on your tax return.  Car insurance payouts are not considered (taxable) income.

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Patrice
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I am on disability. I received a pmt from car ins. to replace car totaled in a hit and run accident, do I need to file taxes?

No, you do not have to file the money that you received for your car replacement on your tax return.  Car insurance payouts are not considered (taxable) income.

mimikay78
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I am on disability. I received a pmt from car ins. to replace car totaled in a hit and run accident, do I need to file taxes?

Thank you! What about a settlement pmt issued this year for under 20,000.00 due to same accident? Is that something I need to consider filing for next year?
Patrice
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I am on disability. I received a pmt from car ins. to replace car totaled in a hit and run accident, do I need to file taxes?

They often are, but that depends upon the type of settlement, which is listed on the Final Settlement Agreement.

Physical injury or sickness settlements (for example, awards related to animal bites) are non-taxable and don't need to be reported unless you deducted medical expenses related to the injury on a previous tax return and you received a tax benefit from the deduction. In that case, you'd report the medical expenses related to the incident as miscellaneous (other) income.

Punitive damages are taxable except in certain wrongful death cases, as are awards for employment discrimination and injury to reputation (libel, slander, defamation, etc.).

Emotional distress and mental anguish settlements are taxable, but only on the amount above and beyond the undeducted medical costs for treatment of the distress or anguish. You'll need to paper-file your return so you can attach a statement that shows the settlement amount minus the (undeducted) medical expenses related to treatment.

Interest earned on settlements is taxable and should be entered as you would a Form 1099-INT.
mimikay78
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I am on disability. I received a pmt from car ins. to replace car totaled in a hit and run accident, do I need to file taxes?

Thank you so much for your quick response.  I will keep all the paperwork involved and see what needs to be done next year in regards to it.  I appreciate your time and quick responses.

Have a great weekend.
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