by John Darer® CLU ChFC MSSC CeFT® RSP CLTC
The welcome news that New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte has introduced Senate Bill 2377, the “Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act.” Senator Ayotte’s bill would amend Section
104(a)(4), to apply to public safety officers and their dependents should include a companion amendment to IRC 130,the section that refers to qualified assignments .
Currently, 104(a)(4) grants exemption for “amounts received as a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injuries or sickness resulting from active service in the armed forces of any country or in the Coast and Geodetic Survey or the Public Health Service, or as a disability annuity payable under the provisions of section 808 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980.” The pending Bill would expand the exemption to public safety officers and their dependents.
CurrentlyIRC 130 (c) reads as follows
By amending IRC 130 to include IRC 104 (a)(3), the proposed amended IRC 104(a)(4) and IRC 104(a)(5), more comprehensive and practical settlement planning and financial planning solutions can be provided to the injured parties. Structured settlements have worked well for over 30 years and have strong Congressional support, why not expand the application? Why shouldn't a dependent of a fallen public safety hero be able to have a structured settlement set up to help take care of their future?
A putative amendment would simply change IRC 130(c)(2)(D) to read as follows:
IRC 104(a)(3) "amounts received through accident or health insurance (or through an arrangement having the effect of accident or health insurance) for personal injuries or sickness (other than amounts received by an employee, to the extent such amounts