May 2002 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Tax breaks

Lump sum compensation payments received by Holocaust survivors will be excluded from inheritance tax (IHT) under an extended concession announced in March by the British government.

Extra-statutory concession F20 allows the amount of the compensation payment to be deducted from the claimant’s IHT chargeable estate, whether the payment is made to the claimant before their death or is made subsequently to their personal representatives.

Now excluded from inheritance tax are payments from a range of indemnification schemes, including slave and forced labour compensation as well as reparations from the Swiss Refugee Programme, the Dutch Maror Fund and the French Orphan scheme.

The concession now covers past and anticipated payments from the above compensation programmes as well as awards already received from the Hardship Fund and the Austrian National Fund for Victims of Nazi Persecution.

Austrian General Settlement Fund: a correction

Regarding the note which appeared in last month’s column, the correct email address of the Austrian archive for records of family assets owned before the Second World war is

Claims advice meetings

Following on from the success of seven advice sessions in Scotland and northern England last year, free guidance and assistance on Holocaust-era claims will be available at meetings in Bournemouth on 15 May at the Normandy Hotel, and 26 May at Sinclair House, Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, London. For further information about the meeting in Bournemouth, please contact Myrna Glass at the AJR. Details of the meeting in Redbridge are available from Nicki Meyer on 020 8551 0017.

Further help

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), 1 Hampstead Gate, 1a Frognal, London NW3 6AL. For assistance with the completion of application forms, please telephone 020 7431 6161 for an appointment.

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