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Important Update!

Tax forms: In January and/or February 2016, claimants who were issued monetary relief award payments will receive three separate tax form mailings.

  1. The City will send a W-2 for the back pay portion of your 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 the claimant had been hired by the City for an entry-level firefighter position. Back pay awards are taxable wages and taxes were withheld from your award. Back pay awards are reportable on a W-2.
  2. GCG will send a 1099-MISC for the fringe benefits portion of your 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 s/he 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.
  3. GCG will send a 1099-INT for the interest portion of your award.

    • Interest refers to the monetary value of some of the interest that was earned on both the back pay and fringe benefits awards. Interest awards are taxable income and are reportable on a 1099-INT.

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 January 15, 2016, individual monetary relief award payments have been issued to virtually all of the eligible claimants listed on the Final Relief Awards List who timely submitted a complete “Acceptance of Individual Monetary Relief Award and Release of Claims” form. (Individual monetary relief award payments have been delayed to 6 deceased claimants while their estates address issues that must be resolved before their awards can be issued.) Most award checks will be void if not cashed by February 1, 2016, and we encourage all claimants to cash their checks as soon as possible.

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

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