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Tag: Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax rates

As executor, can I donate estate assets for a PA charitable deduction?

Posted on Tue Sep 8, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My mother died and I was named Executor of her estate. The estate is divided equally between myself and my brother and sister. She had so many things in her house that none of us want. Can I give these to charity and then take a deduction on the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax return?

If I have the facts correct, all assets are equally divided between you three siblings. This includes all personal property. If so, then the right to collect the property is with the children and the Commonwealth’s Inheritance Tax is due on the fair market value of those things. The tax for children is 4.5%.

Does the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax include my mother’s antiques?

Posted on Thu Aug 13, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: Does the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax include my mother’s antiques?

If your mother died a Pennsylvania resident, then the estate must pay the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax on the fair market value of all of her taxable assets, including her antiques.

If these antiques are passing to you, the tax rate will be 4.5%, due within nine months of her death.

How do you figure out what a house is worth for inheritance tax?

Posted on Tue Aug 11, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My mother died and left us her house. We got two appraisals, which were near the value listed for real estate taxes. Then, we received a cash offer for a higher amount. Do we pay taxes on the appraisal amount, or the amount we will now sell the house for?

You have an argument for both values, but be careful! The Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax is based on the value of the house on the date your mother died. So, you could argue that the appraised value is correct and that the house simply went up in value after her death. This would mean listing a smaller number on the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Return, which you would think means less tax.

Not necessarily so!

Do I Owe PA Inheritance Tax on Mom’s house transfer?

Posted on Tue Jan 20, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

My Mother transferred her Bucks County home to me two years ago. She recently died. I am going to sell the house soon, but do I have to pay Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax?

Not in your case. The Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax of 4.5% applies to transfers to children at death, and includes all gifts made within one year of the date of death. If the house was transferred properly into your name 2 years ago, it will not be subject to the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax.

Components of a Philadelphia Estate

Posted on Tue Jul 15, 2014, on Estate Planning

All your assets are included in your estate. For estate planning purposes, your estate includes all the assets that you own at your death that could be used to pay your debts. This would include things that you own in your own name or things that you own jointly with others, including real property and bank accounts. It also includes your personal property, such as jewelry, cars or furniture. Your assets may also include your qualified plans (IRAs, 401ks, etc.) and life insurance, assets that you typically would have beneficiary designations.

Inheritance Tax for Pennsylvania Estates

Posted on Sat Jun 28, 2014, on Probate and Estate Administration

Tax Returns for Pennsylvania Estates and Probate: If you are the executor of a Pennsylvania estate, you are responsible for filing all required tax returns. This will likely include the deceased’s last personal income tax return, both Pennsylvania and federal for all income from January first through the date of death. These are Forms 1040 and PA-40. If after the date of death the estate had income, for example from a bank account, stocks or rent, the estate will also need to file a federal and states income tax return. These are Forms 1041 and PA-41. Beyond income tax, you will also file a Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Return (Form 1500) and you might have to file a Federal Estate Tax Return (Form 706).

Please Explain the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax!

Posted on Fri Jun 27, 2014, on Probate and Estate Administration

Whenever I am helping my Pennsylvania clients with estate planning, or working with the executor of a Pennsylvania estate, I am given the opportunity to explain how the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax works.

First, let’s break the tax down to its roots. The Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax is a Transfer Tax. It is different from the other taxes which you might pay regularly, like income tax, real estate tax or sales tax. A transfer tax is a tax levied when an asset is transferred from one owner to another. In this case, the transfer tax is taxing the transfer from the deceased to the beneficiary. You have paid transfer taxes in the past if you have ever bought a house or a vehicle with a title. To get the deed or title transferred you paid a fee to the state or county…a transfer tax.

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