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Will I be taxed on settlement awards for personal injury?

Antioch, CA |

Other party wants to settle with me for injuries sustained in a car collision. Will I be taxed on this settlement?

Years ago, I had a personal injury suit. The other party settled and paid my $20K. My attorney paid me with two checks under $10K and told me that anyone who brings a check of more than $10K to a bank gets reported by the bank to the IRS. Is this the same today, should I have the settlement drawn in separate checks less than $10K to avoid the bank reporting to the IRS?

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Compensation for physical injuries is not taxable. There is no such thing as the bank reporting you if you have a check over $10,000. If you have cash you are depositing over $10,000 in a single day it is a different story and the bank must report to the U.S. Treasury.

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If the settlement is pain and suffering and No lost wages, its not taxed, but obviously you report it.

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P.S. No need for separate checks.

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Not taxed.

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You cannot be taxed on personal injury award and/or settlements but you can be taxed on settlements for lost wages, that is why I always am very clear to note that my settlements, where possible are for personal injuries.


Personal injury settlements, as long as they are for pain and suffering and not wage replacement, are non taxable. When an attorney handles your personal injury claim they are certain to designate the settlement to pain and suffering and therefore personal injury settlements are a non taxable event.

Deposits by check are not reported. Only cash deposits of $10,000 or more are required to be reported to treasury. Depositing a check "as cash" would trigger this reporting requirement, but if it is a simple regular deposit into your account, there is no report.

My office handles personal injury and accident cases in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers

North Andover, MA — Derry, NH



Settlements for personal injury are not taxable income for federal income tax purposes. If any portion of the settlement is designated for lost wages, that portion of it is reportable and taxable.


Damages for personal injury caused by a physical injury are not taxed. I suggest you consult with your current attorney.

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No, as long as it involved a physical injury

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