Are Workers Compensation benefits taxable in Pennsylvania?

It's that time of year when we either file or begin preparation to file our state and federal tax returns.  That means it is an appropriate time to address the taxation issue of workers compensation wage loss benefits. So are your weekly wage loss benefits taxable?  The answer is NO.   Pennsylvania does not tax as income workers compensation benefits.  According to IRS Publication 907, your workers compensation weekly wage loss benefits are not taxable at the federal level either.…

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7 Reasons why Injured Workers seek Legal Counsel

You get injured at work.   As you seek medical treatment, deal with this form and that form, and your pain, your future, your financial well being, and your job all swirl around in your mind, you likely think --- should I contact a workers' compensation attorney? The clear answer is --- YES.  A workers' compensation claim can very complex, both in terms of anticipated wage loss and getting medical bills paid.   You are likely asked to sign tons of…

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Lancaster construction company faces OSHA fines

A Lancaster, Pennsylvania construction company faces $64,000 fines from OSHA after an investigation that found the company failed to adequately provide fall protection. OSHA found that Burkholder Builders had seven different safety violations with on onsite inspection. Employees were found working on scaffolding and roofs nearly two stories up without fall protection . . . examples of fall protection that could be used are safety nets or guard rails. OSHA inspectors determined that the company was not following proper procedures…

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SSD Quick Hitter: How long is the wait for a Social Security Disability hearing in Central PA?

This is the second in a series of quick hitter articles on Social Security Disability. When I meet with individuals who have applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and been denied, one of the very first aspects I discuss with a potential client is the timing of an SSD hearing.  It is critical to impress upon each potential client that SSD is not a quick or easy way to get money when one is disabled. In South Central Pennsylvania,…

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