Taxaid starts campaign
Taxaid, the charity providing tax advice to people on low incomes, has launched a campaign to secure equal entitlement for men to receive the Widow's Bereavement Allowance (WBA).
The charity claims almost 200,000 men widowed in recent years have been wrongly denied a tax relief – worth between £400 and £600.
Last year, in the Crossland case, the Revenue paid out to a widower who had claimed a bereavement allowance, so as to avoid a hearing before the European Court of Human Rights, but Taxaid said the Revenue still refused to make payments to other widowers.
The charity believes the UK law restricting relief to widows has contravened the European Convention on Human Rights, and that the Revenue has breached its duty of fairness between taxpayers.
Taxaid was set up as an advice service in 1992 and offers free tax advice to people in financial need, promotes public understanding of tax and presses for a simpler and fairer tax system.