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  • Tax Season
    January 27 2012

    It is tax season again and many clients ask me if they owe taxes on their personal injury settlement or award.  My usual answer is that generally speaking, compensation for physical injuries is non-taxable and the money does not need to be reported on your income tax return.  There are a few exceptions such as punitive damage awards and interest income received from an award or settlement.  If you are in doubt, contact your tax professional.

    If you receive a settlement for physical injuries or sickness and did not take an itemized deduction for medical expenses related to this injury in prior years, the full amount is non-taxable, but if you took a deduction for medical expenses related to the injury or sickness, the tax benefit amount is taxable and should be reported as “Other Income” on line 21 of Form 1040.

    For a full review of the rules, follow the link to the IRS website, and see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, http://www.irs.gov

  • Stormy Winter Driving in Oregon
    January 20 2012

    In the past, I have noticed with the increase of winter weather conditions, there is a significant upswing in motor vehcile accidents.  The recent inclement weather in Oregon and Washington has once again brought our attention to being prepared to drive in stormy weather.  There have been a number of recent traffic accidents in the last several days due to the rain, ice, and snow.  The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a comprehensive check list regarding safe driving during the winter months.  The highlights are:

    1.  Make sure your vehicle is ready for travel
    Make sure to use antifreeze
    Carry a flashlight
    Carry chains or use traction tires
    Make sure the windshield washer tank is full
    Make certain your battery is charged and your tires are in good condition
    2.  Adjust your driving to fit weather conditions
    Turn off the cruise control
    Drive slowly in the ice and snow, especially as you round a corner
    Don’t pass snowplows and don’t follow them too closely.  They will pull over when they can

    3.  Make sure your vehicle is well stocked with items you may need if stranded
    Cell phone recharger
    First aid kit
    Jumper cables

    Visit ODOT on the web for more detailed information.

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