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I am about to receive a compensatory payment from a lawsuit.

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I am about to receive a compensatory payment from a lawsuit. My brother died in the Beirut terrorist attack in 1983.
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Customer: My brother died in Beirut in the terrorist attack on the Marines barracks in 1983.
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Customer: We sued Iran and are about to receive compensatory payment. I don't know about the Minnesota tax laws.
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 4 months ago.

To determine if settlement amounts you receive by compromise or judgment must be included in your income, you must consider the item that the settlement replaces.

Expert:  Lev replied 4 months ago.

Do not include in your income compensatory damages for personal physical injury or physical sickness (whether received in a lump sum or installments).

That compensation specifically EXCLUDED from gross income for income tax purposes.

So far - the compensatory payment you are about to receive - will NOT be taxable and will NOT be reported on your tax return.


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