Sep 2005 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Tax concession

Following discussions with the AJR, the British government announced in July that restitution awards made in respect of dormant bank accounts in foreign countries will be exempt from income and capital gains taxes.

For details of the tax exemption made by the British government, see above article.

Hardship Fund - a clarification

As stated in last month's column, the Claims Conference Hardship Fund is open to any Austrian Holocaust survivor who did not receive compensation from the German government in the 1950s or 1960s.

Survivors from Austria who have received payments from the Austrian National Fund or who are in receipt of an Austrian social security pension are entitled to apply.

Application forms and guidelines are available from the social and welfare department of the AJR. Further details about the Hardship Fund are available at www.claimscon.org.

Insurance Claims Commission

The free-phone number for claimants wishing to check the status of applications submitted to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims is 00800 2525 3535. As an alternative, claimants can call, at regular rates, the following number in the United States to receive updates: 001 646 519 8767.

Please note that when contacting the Commission you should have available your claims reference number(s). For further information about the work of the Insurance Commission, please visit www.icheic.org.

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 michael@ajr.org.uk. 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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