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Important Update!

Tax forms: In January 2016, the City of New York and GCG sent tax forms related to individual monetary relief awards to each claimant who was issued monetary relief award payments. Each claimant should have received three separate tax form mailings, each of which is described below in numbers 1, 2, and 3.

On February 12, 2016, GCG mailed each claimant who was issued monetary relief award payments an additional letter providing information about the tax form mailings. Claimants may access this letter on their claimant portals at www.FDNYlitigation.com. That letter includes the information provided below and both the gross and net amounts of each claimant’s back pay, fringe benefits, and interest awards.

The tax form mailings each claimant should have received are:

  1. The City sent each claimant a W-2 for the back pay portion of his or her award.

    • Back pay refers to the monetary value of some of the wages that a claimant would have received from the City of New York if he or she had been hired by the City for an entry-level firefighter position.
    • Back pay awards are taxable wages reportable on a W-2.
    • As indicated on the W-2s sent to claimants, certain taxes were withheld from their back pay awards.
    • Other amounts may also have been withheld from claimants’ back pay awards, such as pension contributions and child support liens. For more information about these withholdings, claimants may consult the pay stubs enclosed with their back pay award checks or their online statements if they are current FDNY employees paid by direct deposit.
  2. GCG sent each claimant a 1099-MISC for the fringe benefits portion of his or her award.

    • Fringe benefits refers to the monetary value of some of the health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses for medical care that a claimant would not have paid if he or she had been covered by a health insurance plan provided by the City or the FDNY firefighters’ union.
    • Fringe benefits awards may be taxable income and are reportable on a 1099-MISC.
    • Taxes were not withheld from claimants’ fringe benefits awards.
    • Claimants received a single check for their fringe benefits award and their interest award from which no taxes were withheld.
  3. GCG sent each claimant a 1099-INT for the interest portion of his or her award.

    • Interest refers to the monetary value of the interest that was earned on both a claimant’s back pay award and fringe benefits award.
    • Interest awards are taxable income and are reportable on a 1099-INT.
    • Taxes were not withheld from claimants’ interest awards.
    • Claimants received a single check for their fringe benefits award and their interest award from which no taxes were withheld.

GCG is unable to provide tax advice. If you have questions regarding the tax implications of your award, please contact a tax professional.

For questions regarding receipt of your 1099 tax forms, please call GCG at (866) 297-7120 or email questions@FDNYlitigation.com.

For questions regarding receipt of your W-2 tax form, please call Sylvia Fofana at 718-999-0449.

Individual monetary relief award payments: As of February 10, 2016, individual monetary relief award payments have been issued to virtually all of the eligible claimants listed on the Amended Proposed Relief Awards List, which the Court approved as final, who timely submitted a complete “Acceptance of Individual Monetary Relief Award and Release of Claims” form.

See FAQ section VIII, number 94, if you have not yet received your award payments. If you have further questions about your award payments, see the FAQs in section VIII generally.

If your contact information changes at any time, please contact GCG at:
questions@FDNYlitigation.com or (866) 297-7120.