Dec 2005 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Tax-exempt pensions

Following several requests, the Claims Office reproduces here the confirmation that the pensions paid by the German and Austrian governments are exempt from income tax.

Section 330 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 states that 'Annuities and pensions payable under any special provision for victims of National-Socialist persecution which is made by the law of the Federal Republic of Germany or any part of it or of Austria shall not be regarded as income for any income tax purpose.'

Bulgarian compensation

President Georgi Parvanov of Bulgaria is considering paying the country's small and elderly Jewish population compensation to settle a decades-old dispute over the wartime confiscation of a Jewish facility in central Sofia.

Although a lawsuit being contested in Bulgaria did not find in favour of the Jewish community, it is understood that the Bulgarian government has been considering compensating the Jewish community in a different form.

While some communal and personal properties were returned after the Second World War, if direct indemnifications were paid it would be the first time survivors in Bulgaria will have received compensation in respect of their Holocaust-era experiences.

Insurance Commission

To clarify details in a previous column, the Insurance Claims Commission, the freephone number for claimants wanting to check the status of applications submitted to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims has, is 00800 2525 3535.

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL, by fax to 020 8385 3075, or by email to Assistance can be provided strictly by appointment at the Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon, north London. For an appointment, please ring 020 8385 3074.

Michael Newman

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