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When Disability Benefits are NOT Taxable

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When Disability Benefits Can Be Taxable

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In either case, any resulting disability benefits may be taxable. Make sure you make every effort to check with your employer about your taxable disability benefits to ensure that indeed you will have to claim the benefit as income.

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