MOAA Resources: The Widows Tax

MOAA Resources: The Widows Tax image

Under current law, survivors of deceased military members must forfeit part or all of their purchased Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity when awarded the VA’s Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). The loss of any portion of the SBP annuity is known as the "Widows Tax."


For more than 65,000 military survivors, the widows tax makes SBP the only insurance-type product in the country you pay into but are legally prohibited from collecting. Below, find out how MOAA is fighting to end the widows tax, the latest news on repeal efforts, and how you can get involved.

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Explainer: What is the Widows Tax?

Live from the Capitol after the Senate voted 94-0 to ask NDAA conferees to include language repealing the widows tax in this year's bill:
A message from MOAA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret):