Is insurance payment taxable?

UPDATED: Feb 28, 2018

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Asked February 28, 2018

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Generally speaking, insurance payments are not taxable. In most cases, they are considered reimbursement for expenses, not income.

For example, homeowners' insurance benefits are generally not taxable. This is the case because the payment is made to cover the cost to repair or replace your home in the event of a fire or other catastrophe. However, in some cases, homeowners' insurance payments may be considered taxable when the home in question is an investment property.

Similarly, vehicle insurance payments are not usually taxable. As with homeowners' insurance, these payments are merely covering the cost of repairs or replacements. However, exceptions may apply if you use your vehicle for work and claim it as a business expense.

On the other hand, there are forms of insurance that are more frequently taxable. These include life insurance, dividends and interest (from permanent life insurance), disability insurance, long-term care insurance, and health insurance benefits. All of these are sometimes taxable. Since each situation is different, you will want to carefully research your policy and any applicable tax laws.

Answered March 1, 2018 by RedTicker

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