Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 14, 2011
Sen. Don Barrington
Sales tax exemption for widows of disabled veterans heads to House
Financial relief could soon be on its way to over 2,500 widows
of disabled veterans thanks to legislation approved Monday by the
full Senate. Senate Bill 46, by Sen. Don Barrington, would extend
a portion of the sales tax exemption given to 100% disabled veterans
to their spouses.
Barrington, a Vietnam Veteran, explained the sales tax exemption
for disabled veterans is Oklahoma’s way of acknowledging and
thanking veterans for their tremendous sacrifice that ultimately
left them unable to work.
“Disabled veterans’ benefits are cut in half after
their death putting a financial burden on their spouses,”
said Barrington, R-Lawton. “Extending part of the sales tax
exemption to these widows would provide them with some relief. After
all, they made sacrifices too and we can’t turn our backs
Senate Bill 46 would give widows of qualified veterans a sales
tax exemption of up to $6,000 a year as long as they remained unmarried.
The Oklahoma Veterans Council, which is comprised of 28 member
organizations, has been requesting the bill for several years.
Barrington explained that veterans who are 100 percent disabled
receive $2,500 a month in benefits. Their widows, however, receive
only $1,100 a month.
“These widows not only have to deal with the loss of their
loved ones, but also the loss of nearly $17,000 in annual benefits.
This exemption won’t make up that difference, but it’ll
give them some financial relief and help with groceries and other
necessities,” said Barrington.
SB 46 will next be considered in a House committee.
For more information contact:
Sen. Barrington: (405) 521-5563