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Disaster Recovery Assistance Generally Not Considered Taxable Income

Release date: 
October 5, 2010
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NEW BERLIN, Wis. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) want Grant and Milwaukee County residents to know that disaster funding assistance to recover from severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from July    20-24 may not be taxable income. Disaster assistance will not affect Social Security benefit eligibility, state or federal retirement benefits or temporary public benefits.

Get further information at two DRCs in Milwaukee County.

City of Milwaukee Dept.
of Public Works
3850 N. 35th St.
Milwaukee, Wis. 53216

Milwaukee Brotherhood of
Firefighters Association
7717 W. Good Hope Road
Milwaukee, Wis. 53223

The Disaster Recovery Centers in Milwaukee County remain open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.

For tax assistance, individuals may call the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040, and business owners may call 1-800-829-4933.  IRS publication 525, Taxable and Non-Taxable Income, discuss the taxability of disaster relief payments.

For legal assistance, consult your attorney or log onto Call the State Bar of Wisconsin Disaster Legal Services at 1-800-728-7788.

Visit to access Social Security publications online.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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