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Old 02-01-2008, 04:03 PM
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Death Benefit from Long Term Disability Taxable?

Hello,

My husband passed away on 8/10/07. He had been on long term disability since he was laid off from his job due to illness and not being able to return to work in 08/2006. After his death, I received a letter from the disability insurance company stating that I would be receiving a lump sum death benefit which they sent to me. I have now received a 1099-MISC from them with the amount I received in the other income box. Do I need to include this as income on my return? I'm afraid I will owe tax because of this and I haven't even paid his funeral expenses due to having to and still paying numerous medical bills that insurance did not cover. I tried calling the IRS but after waiting an hour and 1/2 on the phone, I hung up.

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Coadysmom



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Old 02-05-2008, 05:26 PM
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Is Death Benefit from from Long Term Disability Taxable?

I am assuming that prior to the unfortunate death of your spouse, a disability payment was being received every month. So, when your spouse passed away you received what they call an accelerated death benefit. To determine whether or not the death benefit payments you received from the accelerated disability payment is taxable or not, we need to determine who paid for the premiums.

There are really 3 possible scenarios and here they are:

1. If the Employer paid 100% of the Disability Premium
It is easy to determine this by reviewing your prior years tax return. If the entire disability payments received were reported as income on your late spouse's W-2, then in this scenario it would seem the entire accelerated death benefit becomes taxable on your personal tax return.


2. If both the Employer and your late spouse paid the Disability Premium
If both your late spouse and his employer have paid the premiums for the plan, only the disability benefits attributable to the employer portion that your late spouse had received would have to be reported as income.

So, on our prior years tax return, check to determine whether all the disability benefits were taxable. If some of it was excluded, take the exclusion percentage and apply this percentage to the 2007 Disability payments reported on the 2007 return.

Exclusion percentage is calculated as follows:

Premium paid by your spouse x Total Death Benefits received in 2007
Total Premium paid

3. If your late spouse paid the the Disability Premiums
If your late spouse had paid for the entire cost of the disability insurance plan, I suspect that all the disability benefits would have been excluded on your prior years joint tax return. Thus, none of the Death Benefit would appear to be taxable in 2007.

So, in short, it all hinges on who paid for the disability insurance payments and this is what you need to determine and then accordingly determine which scenario applies to you.

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Old 08-18-2011, 10:56 AM
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Does this include amounts paid by insurance company for a lump sum payment for third party sick pay reported on a 1099misc.. deceased received taxable third party sick pay before he passed, spouse received 1099misc from insurance company as lump sum payment when taxpayer passed away..this lump sum payment is taxable to spouse because third party sick pay was taxable to deceased, correct?



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Old 08-18-2011, 12:14 PM
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“After his death, I received a letter from the disability insurance company stating that I would be receiving a lump sum death benefit which they sent to me. I have now received a 1099-MISC from them with the amount I received in the other income box. Do I need to include this as income on my return?”--->I guess it depends on the situation;since his lump sum claim is from a private or corporate source, one set of rules applies. ASlong as he paid for the insurance premiums out of his own pocket and did not deduct them in any way, then all proceeds, lump sum or otherwise, are tax-free. If his employer paid the premiums or your spouse deducted them on his( or your return as MFJ filer) tax return, then they are taxable as ordinary income on Form 1040 line 21, other income. Income from long-term disability could come in several forms. It is essential to correctly determine whether it is taxable or not. Incorrectly categorizing it as non-taxable could result in a sizable unexpected liability at tax time.For example, Sick pay and disability pension are generally taxable. Worker's compensation, accelerated death benefits from life insurance policies and qualified long-term care insurance benefits are usually not taxable. Disability pension that is received before retirement age is taxable as wages, while after retirement age, it is taxable as a pension.However, there are exceptions to every rule. Sick pay is not taxable if it is worker's compensation or if the payments are the benefit of an accident or health insurance plan that your spouse paid for. For instance, as long as your spouse pays for a portion of the plan, that portion of the benefits will not be taxable.
Please visit the IRS Website; Publication 525 (2010), Taxable and Nontaxable Income.



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