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Structured Settlement Frequently Asked Questions

There are some frequently asked questions about structured settlements that many people have. Here are some of the most common ones to help you get pointed in the right direction. Keep in mind though that there can be guidelines that apply that are very specific to a given situation.

Should I sell my structured settlement?

Some people are very happy to get a monthly, quarterly, or annual payment. It is enough for them to do what they would like to with the funds. Others though have large amounts of debt, medical bills, need to get a home or a vehicle, or want to buy a business. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to sell the settlement. You have to look at your own needs. The options you have will also depend on the laws that apply in the state where you live.

Is it legal to sell a structured settlement?

As long as there aren't any stipulations in the settlement about you not being able to sell it that you agreed to it is legal. However, you do want to take your time to read all of the details of any proposed offer on the table. You aren't obligated to accept any of them. You want to decide who can offer you the best deal if you are going to sell it.

How much do I have to pay to sell my structured settlement?

You should never have to come up with any money up front to sell your structured settlement. If you agree to sell it then any fees for processing, legal entities, and more have to be fully disclosed. They will also be deducted from the settlement amount you get.

Do I have to pay taxes on structured settlement payments?

Taxes are a part of life and they apply to all income that a household receives. You will have to pay taxes on the amount of the settlement that you receive in a given tax year. It is a good idea to find out how that will affect your tax situation. Since no taxes are taken out you may owe money to the IRS when you file. You may want to have a savings account to put a portion of your settlement in each month for such purposes.

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