Widow's Benefit

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Widow's Benefit

In the U.S., a state-level deduction from taxable income of the amount a widow or widower receives from the estate of his/her deceased spouse. The benefit means the widow or widower pays little or nothing in state inheritance taxes.
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The "dual entitlement" rule, for instance, requires that a person's spousal, widow or widower benefit be offset by the amount of his or her own retirement benefit.
managing partner of wealth management firm O'Dell, Winkfield, Roseman & Shipp, however, if an individual receives a pension from a federal, state or local government job at which they did not pay Social Security taxes, some or all of the spouse, widow or widower benefits may be decreased by the pension.