A personal injury damage award is not subject to Federal or State income tax. The Internal Revenue Code and the New Jersey Gross Income Tax Act excludes from gross income the amount of any damages received on account of personal injuries or sickness. Similarly, workers compensation awards for permanency are not subject to State or Federal taxation. Lost wages recovered as a result of an injury are also excluded from taxable income.
However, if a person is receiving Social Security Disability benefits, a personal injury settlement may impact benefits. It may be necessary to arrange a Special Needs Trust to determine how to effectively distribute the personal injury award without an interruption of Disability benefits.
About RAM Law
RAM Law represents all of Central Jersey in personal injury cases and is staffed by experienced accident and injury attorneys. We provide legal help for victims of slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, truck and car accidents, and other personal injuries. Call (732) 247-3600 to discuss your case and set up a free consultation at our New Brunswick or Somerville law offices.