The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) states that all income from any source is taxable, unless it is exempt by another section of the code. This means that, in general, court settlements are taxable. The amount of taxes you have to pay on your settlement money can vary widely, depending on the purpose of the money. The IRS states that money received in a lawsuit must be taxed based on its purpose. For example, if you receive a settlement for lost wages, the amount is considered taxable income and must be reported on your tax return.
On the other hand, if you receive a settlement for physical injury or sickness, the amount is not taxable. In addition, punitive damages are not taxable, but any interest earned on punitive damages is taxable. It is important to note that if you receive a settlement from an insurance company, the amount may be taxable. This is because insurance companies are not required to withhold taxes from payments they make to policyholders. Therefore, you may need to pay taxes on the amount you receive from an insurance company. If you receive a settlement from a lawsuit, it is important to consult with a tax professional to determine how much of the settlement is taxable and how much is not.
A tax professional can help you understand the tax implications of your settlement and ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable tax laws.