The scope of the personal injury exclusion under Internal Revenue Code § 104(a)(2) has been significantly broadened since the mid-1980's as the result of numerous court decisions in the areas of reputation and discrimination injuries. In our increasingly litigious society, more tax cases contesting the excludability of damages recoveries are expected. In United States v. Burke, decided May 26, 1992, the Supreme Court resolved an important issue regarding excludability from federal taxation of damages received in discrimination cases. Unfortunately, the case was decided on narrow grounds, which may only add to, rather than reduce, the conflict among the lower courts.' Burke, which involves the exclusion of recoveries under Title VII for sex discrimination, is discussed below.

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