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lucymay123
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Employment discrimination taxable or not how to report 1099 received

 
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DeniseF1
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Employment discrimination taxable or not how to report 1099 received

Yes.  The only types of settlements that are not taxable are usually related to physical injury or illness.

Are legal settlements taxable?

They often are, but that depends upon the type of settlement, which is listed on the Final Settlement Agreement.

Physical injury or sickness settlements (for example, awards related to animal bites) are non-taxable and don't need to be reported unless you deducted medical expenses related to the injury on a previous tax return and you received a tax benefit from the deduction. In that case, you'd report the medical expenses related to the incident as miscellaneous (other) income.

Punitive damages are taxable except in certain wrongful death cases, as are awards for employment discriminationand injury to reputation (libel, slander, defamation, etc.).

Emotional distress and mental anguish settlements are taxable, but only on the amount above and beyond the undeducted medical costs for treatment of the distress or anguish. You'll need to paper-file your return so you can attach a statement that shows the settlement amount minus the (undeducted) medical expenses related to treatment.

Interest earned on settlements is taxable and should be entered as you would a Form 1099-INT.

The link below gives instructions on how to enter an award for a taxable legal settlement.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901380-where-do-i-enter-an-award-from-a-taxable-legal-settlement

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DeniseF1
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Employment discrimination taxable or not how to report 1099 received

Yes.  The only types of settlements that are not taxable are usually related to physical injury or illness.

Are legal settlements taxable?

They often are, but that depends upon the type of settlement, which is listed on the Final Settlement Agreement.

Physical injury or sickness settlements (for example, awards related to animal bites) are non-taxable and don't need to be reported unless you deducted medical expenses related to the injury on a previous tax return and you received a tax benefit from the deduction. In that case, you'd report the medical expenses related to the incident as miscellaneous (other) income.

Punitive damages are taxable except in certain wrongful death cases, as are awards for employment discriminationand injury to reputation (libel, slander, defamation, etc.).

Emotional distress and mental anguish settlements are taxable, but only on the amount above and beyond the undeducted medical costs for treatment of the distress or anguish. You'll need to paper-file your return so you can attach a statement that shows the settlement amount minus the (undeducted) medical expenses related to treatment.

Interest earned on settlements is taxable and should be entered as you would a Form 1099-INT.

The link below gives instructions on how to enter an award for a taxable legal settlement.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901380-where-do-i-enter-an-award-from-a-taxable-legal-settlement

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