Do I need to report a cash inheritance?
Not on your federal return. The IRS doesn't impose an inheritance tax.
Only a handful of states (Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) have some kind of inheritance tax. Refer to your state's Department of Revenue to see what the requirements are for filing inheritance tax.
- For Tennessee - The inheritance tax is no longer imposed after December 31, 2015. You do not need to report a cash inheritance from a decedent with a date of death in 2016.
Interest or other income generated from inherited cash would be taxable.