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Is my IRA subject to the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax?

Posted on Tue Nov 11, 2014, on Estate Planning

From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: PA Inheritance Tax and the IRA

Most Recently Updated July 7, 2018

“Is my IRA subject to the PA Inheritance Tax?”

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PA Inheritance Tax and the IRA

PA Inheritance Tax and the IRA – What You Should Know

Your IRA is subject to the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax, which can prove to be a tax trap.

For example, if you leave $100,000 from your IRA to a friend, that gift is subject to the 15% Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax rate. To avoid interest and penalties on the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax, within 9 months of your death your friend must pay the Commonwealth $15,000. If your friend does not have $15,000 of liquid assets, she may have to remove the $15,000 from the IRA. If she does, this will trigger her to recognize $15,000 of income. If she does not have the liquid assets to pay the income taxes due on the $15,000, she may have to remove the money from the IRA, which triggers even more income taxes.

You can see, your friend might end up quickly liquidating the entire IRA to pay the Inheritance and Income taxes due.

A good Estate Planning Attorney will work with you to help prevent this tax spiral.

For example, life insurance is not subject to the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax, making it an excellent tool to make gifts to those who would otherwise be subject to the tax. If you leave the same friend $100,000 in life insurance there is no Pennsylvania Inheritance tax or income tax due. Your friend is free to enjoy the entire $100,000.
Estate planning can help move money out of the Commonwealth and IRA’s pocket and into the pockets of your heirs.

More Planning Questions?

The PA Inheritance Tax and the IRA is only a piece of the Estate Planning process. By all means, if you want to learn more, please read my more detailed article, Estate Planning Everything You Need to Know.

In Conclusion: PA Inheritance Tax and the IRA

I hope that this article was helpful in explaining how the PA Inheritance Tax effects your IRA. Further, I included links to even more detailed information on my website so you can learn more. Therefore, please contact me and let me know how I did. Certainly, your comments and questions are welcome!

Let our Estate Planning lawyers help walk you through what can be a confusing process. To begin with, call to speak to one of our experienced estate planning lawyers.  By all means, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions. In fact, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation. Ultimately our goal is to make the process as painless as possible!

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