Tax exemption for veterans’ spouses to take effect in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new Oklahoma law that creates a $1,000 sales tax exemption for widows and widowers of disabled veterans is set to go into effect this week.

The measure was sponsored by Sen. Don Barrington, a Republican from Lawton. Barrington says the law provides a $1,000 annual sales tax exemption for the surviving spouses of veterans who were 100 percent disabled.

Barrington says the law will affect about 2,500 people. He says the measure will provide a financial boost to widows and widowers who already see a decrease in benefits once their spouse dies.

The Oklahoma Veterans Council, which is made up of 28 member organizations, has been requesting the bill for several years.

The measure takes effect Thursday.

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