Assisting Victims of Hurricane Sandy

[author: Angela Bohmann]

Although our main office is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we have clients located in other parts of the country, and ourselves have an office in Washington, D.C. Some of our clients have employees who have been hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. Employers want to help their employees, and employees not affected by the hurricane want to help their colleagues.

Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code allows employers to give aid and assistance to employees and others adversely affected by a presidentially declared disaster. Hurricane Sandy is a presidentially declared disaster. Under Section 139, an employer can pay or reimburse employees or other individuals for unreimbursed reasonable and necessary personal, family, living or funeral expenses, such as medical, temporary housing, or transportation expenses, that they incur as a result of the disaster. The amounts so reimbursed are excluded from gross income of the employees and the employees do not have to account to the employer for how the amounts were spent.

We would be happy to assist employers in establishing programs to help employees struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Published In: Administrative Agency Updates, Labor & Employment Updates, Tax Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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