Missouri Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

The Line of Duty Compensation Act, effective June 23, 2009, provides a $25,000 one-time death benefit. Benefits are available for survivors of firefighters, volunteer firefighters, law enforcement officers, air ambulance pilots, air ambulance registered professional nurses, and emergency medical technicians who are killed when the individual was on duty at the time of an injury that resulted in death, the individual was engaged in the active performance of the duties of his or her profession, or the injury resulting in death occurred as a result of the individual’s performance of his or her duties. A $25,000 death benefit shall be awarded to the estate of the individual killed in the line of duty. The death benefit is in addition to any other pension rights, death benefits, or other compensation to which the claimant may otherwise be entitled by law. To claim benefits, the estate of the deceased must file a Claim for Compensation through the Division within one year from the date of death.

Contact:
Division of Worker’s Compensation
State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
421 East Dunklin Street
PO Box 504
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0504
Phone: (573) 751-4091
Fax: (573) 751-4135
Website: www.labor.mo.gov
E-mail: diroffice@labor.mo.gov

(Reference: Reserved Statutes of Missouri Section 287.243)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Benefit for spouse or spouse and children is 66 2/3% of average weekly earnings, not to exceed 105% of the state average weekly wage. Two-year lump sum payable if spouse remarries; weekly benefits cease. Children are eligible until age 18 or longer if disabled and incapable of self-support, or age 22 if full-time student, or beyond age 23 if on active duty in the Armed Forces.

Contact:
Division of Worker’s Compensation
State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
421 East Dunklin Street
PO Box 504
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0504
Phone: (573) 751-4091
Fax: (573) 751-4135
Website: www.labor.mo.gov
E-mail: diroffice@labor.mo.gov

(Reference: Missouri Revised Statutes Cpt 287, WC Laws Section 287.240)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

A maximum burial allowance of $5,000.

Contact:
Division of Worker’s Compensation
State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
421 East Dunklin Street
PO Box 504
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0504
Phone: (573) 751-4091
Fax: (573) 751-4135
Website: www.labor.mo.gov
E-mail: diroffice@labor.mo.gov


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Individual cities and municipalities are responsible for providing retirement and pension plans for firefighters, but these retirement plans are governed by Chapter 87 of the Missouri Revised Codes. Effective May 1, 2002, spouse is entitled to 70% of the pay then provided by law for the highest step in the range of salary for the next title or next rank above the member’s range or title held at the time of death, plus ten percent of such compensation to or for the benefit of each unmarried dependent child of the deceased member who is under the age of eighteen.

Contact: Your local agency’s Benefits Assistance Officer.

(Reference: MO Revised Statutes Cpt 87, Firemen’s Retirement and Relief System Section 87.235)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Public Service Officer or Employee’s Child Survivor Grant Program provides assistance for children under age 24 enrolled in a program leading to a certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree at participating Missouri postsecondary schools. Does not apply to degree programs in theology or divinity. Must be a Missouri resident.

Maximum grant amount is the amount of tuition charged to a Missouri undergraduate enrolled full-time in the equivalent program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dependent stepchildren are also eligible for this benefit.

Contact:
Missouri Department of Higher Education
205 Jefferson Street
PO Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469
Phone: (573) 751-2361
Fax: (573) 751-6635
Website: www.dhe.mo.gov
E-mail: info@dhe.mo.gov


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same as for children, except for age limitation.

Contact:
Missouri Department of Higher Education
205 Jefferson Street
PO Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469
Phone: (573) 751-2361
Fax: (573) 751-6635
Website: www.dhe.mo.gov
E-mail: info@dhe.mo.gov


PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER SURVIVING SPOUSE (SSC) TAX CREDIT

The state provides a tax redit for a surviving spouse of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty. There are no funding limits or restrictions to this credit. There is no specific due date. Returns filed on an extension may claim the public safety officers surviving spouse credit.

Eligible Applicants:
Any surviving spouse of a public safety officer who was killed in the line of duty may be eligible for a credit against tax due under Chapter 143, RSMo, excluding witholding tax, equal to the amount of the property taxes paid on their homestead.

Qualifications:

  • The surviving spouse must own a homestead in Missouri and pay property taxes on the dwelling and surrounding land. If the homestead includes land in excess of five acres, a Form MO-948 must be completed by the county assessor to determine the appropriate credit.
  • Eligible public safety officers are any firefighter, police officer, capitol police officer, parole officer, probation officer, correctional employee, water patrol officer, park ranger, conservation officer, commercial motor enforcement officer, emergency medical technician, first responder, or highway patrolman employed by the state of Missouri or a political subdivision in Missouri, who was killed in the line of duty.
  • The surviving spouse may not be remarried.
  • The homestead may not be occupied by more than two families.

How the Program Works:

  • For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2008, the credit may be claimed for the tax year beginning the year of the death of the public safety officer until the surviving spouse remarries. No credit will be allowed the year that the surviving spouse remarries.
  • The credit is a refundable credit.

Procedures to Claim the Tax Credit:
To claim the public safety officer surviving spouse credit, the taxpayer must complete and attach Form MO-SSC and Form MO-TC to their individual income tax return.

Contact:
Missouri Department of Revenue, Taxation Bureau
Harry S Truman State Office Building
301 West High St
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 522-6864
Website: dor.mo.gov
E-mail: income@dor.mo.gov


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Provides post high school scholarships for children of Missouri workers killed or disabled on a job covered by the workers’ compensation statutes (Chapter 287, Revised Statutes of Missouri).

Contact:
Kids Chance of Missouri, Inc.
PO Box 410384
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 997-3390
Website: www.mokidschance.org

Woodmen of the World will pay a $10,000 fraternal death benefit if a qualified member is killed while performing his or her duties as a non-military first responder. To be eligible for this benefit, an individual must be a member in good standing of one of our other benefits.

First Responders include firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police or a person performing a supporting role to such individuals.

Contact:
Woodmen of the World
Woodmen Tower
1700 Farnham St
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (800) 225-3108
Website: www.woodmen.org


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Disclaimer: The material contained in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivor Benefits website is not the result of legal research, but rather is based on a scan of public documents. We have made every effort to be accurate and timely, but errors may exist. The material on this website is advisory only and should not be cited as evidence or proof that a benefit exists or that our facts are accurate. Always consult the decedent’s fire department for benefits assistance, or a benefits’ attorney. If, in the course of your own research, you see errors of fact, or new benefit information, please pass this information along to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.