Acme published a story about paul and as a result paul sued acme for damage to his reputation, emotional distress, and punitive damages. paul won an award of $20,000 for damages, $5,500 for emotional distress, and $50,000 for punitive damages. what amount must paul include in his gross income
All of the benefits are included in gross income.
The gross income is the amount of money you receive in a specific period of time before taxes are deducted. When someone receives money from a lawsuit, this money is taxable and has to be included in the gross income with exception to the personal injury cases in which the benefits are tax-free but the injury has to be physical.
In this case, Paul has to pay taxes on his total earnings because emotional distress is not a physical injury and it would be taxed as an income. Because of that, the answer is that Paul must include in his gross income all of the benefits.
All of the benefits for non-personal injury cases must be reported as gross income for tax purposes. Since defamation isn't a personal injury claim, all of the award must be reported and is subject to taxation.