Tax on survivor benefits


Q. I live in the state of Massachusetts and am receiving survivor annuity benefits. I am having taxes taken out of my benefits each month. Are benefits for federal CRS deceased employees’ spouses suppose to subject to taxes or are benefits tax free?

A. The benefit may be taxable, all or in part, depending upon the circumstances. You should engage a qualified CPA for help with your returns.


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