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Taxation of lost wages awards under FELA: the Illinois appellate court applies Loos v. BNSF

(Source: Lexology, August 21, 2019)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In Munoz v. Norfolk Southern Railway Company, 2018 IL App (1st) 171009 (Munoz I), Plaintiff Munoz sued his railroad employer under the FELA for an on-duty personal injury. A jury awarded Munoz a large sum attributed to past and future lost wages. After the verdict, the railroad moved for a setoff, claiming Munoz owed taxes on the lost wages award under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act (RRTA). Munoz argued that the award of lost wages should be treated the same as personal injury awards that are not subject to income taxes.

Full story: Lexology

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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