Justices Deem Injured Rail Worker's Compensation Taxable

By Vidya Kauri (March 4, 2019, 10:34 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a railroad company's compensation for an injured employee's lost wages is taxable, saying the definition of "compensation" for railway workers is similar to that for "wages" under the Social Security system.

The BNSF decision on Monday resolves a disconnect between the definitions of taxable compensation in two federal statutes that are supposed to work together to fund retirement benefits for rail employees. (AP) In overturning the Eighth Circuit's decision that personal injury awards for railroad employees cannot be taxed, the Supreme Court said that the circuit court got it wrong when it construed "compensation" to...

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