IRS Pays $862k to Man who Tripped at Audit

irs shield on lecturn Did you know that you do not have to pay taxes on somel awards or settlements even if the Internal Revenue Service pays the award?

A judge recently found the IRS legally responsible for maintaining a dangerous condition on its premises resulting in the physical and emotional pain and suffering of William Beroryer. The Judge ordered that the IRS must pay Berroyer $862,000 for physical and emotional injuries. The IRS, however, cannot collect taxes on any of these types of damages that it pays out.

Former businessman William Berroyer, 66, a Long Island man and the father of a Sullfolk County policeman, went to an IRS office to negotiate a repayment deal for his $60,000 bill. While there, Berroyer tripped over a telephone cord as he left the meeting. Immediately, Berroyer called the auditor from the parking lot to report that he experienced a loss of feeling in his lower leg and shoulder pain.

Those who own or maintain premises must maintain those properties in a safe condition, free of dangerous hazards. Even the IRS is held to that same standard. When a property owner or lessee maintains its premises full of hazards, and if injuries result, the property owner or lessee may be legally responsible for paying all damages including, but not limited to pain and suffering damages. In Berroyer’s case, the IRS agreed that the fall was the a result of a “wayward wire”

If you suffered injury as a result of dangerously maintained premises, you deserve an experienced dangerous premises’ liability attorney who is caring and results-oriented.

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