If you’ve been injured at work in Wisconsin to the point where you can no longer continue working, your main concern is going to be how you will continue to make money. After all, the compensation you receive from working your job is what allows you to live the lifestyle that you do. Without it, things become very concerning.
The first thing you need to do if you are injured at work is to get an attorney involved to help you through the process. As a top Wisconsin and Milwaukee workers’ compensation lawyer, Tabak Law is in a unique position to help with this situation by securing workers’ compensation funds for you. From enlisting the right doctors to making sure the proper timelines and documentation is presented, having an attorney on your side is often the difference between receiving workers’ compensation benefits and not receiving anything.
Do I Have to Pay Taxes on Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
But while receiving benefits may be a life-saving scenario for the time that you are unable to work, there are still questions that come up. One that is common is if you have to pay taxes on Wisconsin workers’ compensation benefits. To this question, the simple answer is no. Workers’ compensation benefits themselves are considered tax exempt for federal and state taxes.
Workers’ compensation benefits in Wisconsin are put in the same non-taxable category as things like public welfare, compensatory damages, and other items. Therefore, the concern of having to pay taxes on workers’ compensation benefits is a non-starter.
Taxes When Receiving Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability
One thing to consider is that if you are also receiving social security disability (SSDI) or supplemental security income (SSI), then a portion of your workers’ compensation benefits may be taxed. For example, if part of your workers’ compensation reduces your social security, it is then treated as social security income and could qualify as taxable.
Again, for the above scenario to happen, you would have to qualify for and be receiving both social security and workers’ compensation benefits at the same time. This may happen if a health condition of an injured worker declines or if the worker becomes disabled.
In all of these situations, it is always best to get an attorney involved. If you need representation, or just have a question on a workers’ compensation case, you can call Tabak Law at 844-432-0114 for a completely free consultation. Tabak Law has experience in every type of work-related injury, including but not limited to:
- Injuries caused by heavy machinery, including forklifts and cranes
- Construction accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Electrical accidents and electrocutions
- Slip and falls
- Back injuries caused by lifting
- Carpal tunnel syndrome