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As of 2012, an inheritance is not considered income unless the amount received is greater than $5 million. The IRS states that inheritances do not have to be claimed as income, and there is no estate tax for the recipient. The estate of the deceased may be subject to both the estate tax and federal


The IRS does not charge an inheritance tax, but some states do, and the rates range from 1 percent to 20 percent. States that have an inheritance tax are Iowa, Indiana, Maryland and Kentucky. Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Tennessee also have an inheritance tax, but many people are exempt.


The instructions for Form 706, known as the U.S. estate and generation-skipping transfer tax return, show the inheritance tax rate schedule, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Forms and instructions for current and prior years are available on the IRS website.


Social Security benefits are sometimes taxable. In cases where Social Security benefits are an individual's only source of income for the year, the benefits are generally not taxable. They often are taxable when they are one of several sources of income for the year.


The IRS does not currently have laws or rules regarding inheritance tax as of 2015, Nolo explains. Only six states impose an inheritance tax: Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


The highest income shown on the IRS taxable income table is $413,200 for single filers and $464,850 for married filers, as of 2015. People who meet or exceed these incomes are subject to an income tax rate of 39.6 percent, according to the Tax Foundation.


Inherited property is considered acquired on the date of death of the decedent, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Even if an alternate valuation date is used, the property is recognized as belonging to the recipient on the date of death.


Because the earned income credit is a credit and not income, it is not taxable. Instead, the EIC helps to reduce the taxes of those of low or moderate income levels.


Taxable income is any money that an individual or company receives from providing goods or services, states the US Tax Center. The IRS considers gross income minus any standard or itemized deductions as taxable income, as of 2015.


The beneficiary of an inherited IRA must treat distributions from the IRA as taxable income, according to the IRS. Beneficiaries who are spouses have more options on how to handle an inherited IRA and its distributions, but all beneficiaries must take required minimum distributions when necessary or