Deadline for WTC Service Must be Filed by 9/11/14Aug 18, 2014
Anyone who helped with the rescue and clean-up of the World Trade Center through September 12, 2002 must register their services with the New York State Workers' Compensation Board by September 11, 2014. According to the NYS Workers' Compensation Board website, rescue workers should file a WTC-12 even if they were not injured. Registering will preserve rights to any benefits that may be needed in the future. Both employed workers and volunteers are eligible.
Those who helped at Ground Zero, Fresh Kills Landfill, the barges, the piers and the morgues should register.
Important deadlines are also approaching for those filing claims under the Zadroga Act, which was named after New York Police Department Detective James Zadroga. The act reopened the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund for an additional five years and provides compensation for those who became ill due to toxic dust exposure at Ground Zero. Those who were diagnosed with an eligible cancer on or before October 12, 2012 must file a Registration Form by October 12, 2014. Anyone diagnosed with a WTC-related condition after this date must file within two years after the diagnosis.
The number of 9/11 first responders diagnosed with cancer has reportedly doubled to over 2,500 this year.
WTC rescue workers should also be aware of tax benefits they are entitled to. Disability and other income that results from a 9/11 related injury cannot be taxed. Additionally, the estates of those who died are entitled to a tax refund of 10,000 or the last three years of taxes, whichever is higher. Recently, the IRS recently updated its Publication 3920 to inform filers of their benefits.