Make pension payout tax exempt, say war widows

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Sunday Telegraph, 2nd July 2023

Widows who will be awarded a one-off payment to compensate for losing their military pensions want it tax-free.

The War Widows Association (WWA) accused the Government of being “misleading” after it announced this year that widows of military personnel who had their pensions stopped will be eligible for £87,500.

The money will be paid to around 400 widows denied a lifelong pension because they remarried before 2015.  However, it was not state that the payment would be taxed.

Moira Kane, WWA Chairman, said: “We now understand that the payment offer is to be subject to income tax and may be worth as little as £54,000.”

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