Tax News: Taxpayer Injured at IRS Office Awarded $862,000

William Berroyer was at a meeting at an IRS office in Long Island when he tripped over a phone cord and fell into a cabinet.  Berroyer was at the office to work out a payment plan for a $60,000 tax debt he owed.  As a result of the injuries, Berroyer spent 17 days in hospitals and physical rehab.  In his lawsuit Berroyer claimed that as a result of the injuries he had pain and suffering worth $10 million, including negative effects on both his golf game and sex life with his wife.  Despite the IRS claiming the results of the injury were greatly exaggerated, Berroyer was awarded $862,000.  To rub salt in the wound for the IRS, the award is not taxable.  For more tax updates and the latest news you can follow us on twitter @HMLLPTax or facebook at

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