The Internal Revenue Service is being pressed to provide more awareness of tax breaks for victims and survivors of terrorist attacks such as 9/11, including first responders.
In the months following 9/11, Congress passed a law known as the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001. Among other provisions, it excludes from gross income any disability income received due to a terroristic or military action which occurred either inside or outside the United States. While the IRS initially provided guidance on the tax relief, in Publication 3920, which it released in February 2002, there has been little publicity about it in recent years, or awareness among taxpayers and practitioners, even though many 9/11 survivors and first responders continue to receive disability income as they struggle with lingering health problems.
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