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mikey500
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My mother died in 2020. She had my name on her checking and savings account. To protect that money, I removed her name after her death. What tax implications do I face?

Bills for her house which was in her estate were still being paid from that account. A little interest was earned.
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tagteam
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My mother died in 2020. She had my name on her checking and savings account. To protect that money, I removed her name after her death. What tax implications do I face?

Are you the personal representative?

 

You might want to start by reading IRS Publication 559 (link below).

 

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p559#en_US_2020_publink100099488

 

Generally, however, a cash inheritance (or property acquired via operation of law at the death of a co-tenant) is not a taxable event except in certain instances (e.g., a retirement account).

JeffreyR77
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My mother died in 2020. She had my name on her checking and savings account. To protect that money, I removed her name after her death. What tax implications do I face?

Interest earned on the account will be reported to you by the bank and should be reported on your tax return. 

 

The account was a joint account with you and your mother.  You should check with the executor of your mother's estate to ensure there are no inheritance tax implications on the funds transferring to you upon her death. 

 

Tax Implication of Money In Joint Account When One Dies

 

@mikey500  @tagteam

tagteam
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My mother died in 2020. She had my name on her checking and savings account. To protect that money, I removed her name after her death. What tax implications do I face?

You would only have to be concerned with inheritance tax in a (very) limited number of states, almost all of them have threshold amounts, and a few exempt transfers to lineal descendants.

 

The states are: Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

 

@JeffreyR77 @mikey500 

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