To enter both the income and exclusion amounts for long-term care and accelerated death benefits in the TaxAct® program:
Note. If "No" is selected on the screen titled Long Term Care - Death Benefits, you will be provided with the screens to complete the rest of page two of Form 8853 Archer MSAs and Long-Term Care Insurance Contracts.
Usually these payments are reported to you on IRS Form 1099-LTC Long-Term Care and Accelerated Death Benefits.
Per IRS Publication 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income, starting on page 23:
Certain amounts paid as accelerated death benefits under a life insurance contract or viatical settlement before the insured's death are excluded from income if the insured is terminally or chronically ill.
Viatical settlement. This is the sale or assignment of any part of the death benefit under a life insurance contract to a viatical settlement provider. A viatical settlement provider is a person who regularly engages in the business of buying or taking assignment of life insurance contracts on the lives of insured individuals who are terminally or chronically ill and who meets the requirements of section 101(g)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Exclusion for terminal illness.
Exception. The exclusion doesn't apply to any amount paid to a person (other than the insured) who has an insurable interest in the life of the insured because the insured:
Form 8853. To claim an exclusion for accelerated death benefits made on a per diem or other periodic basis, you must file Form 8853 with your return. You don't have to file Form 8853 to exclude accelerated death benefits paid on the basis of actual expenses incurred.
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