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Understanding Inheritance Taxes in Pennsylvania 

In Pennsylvania, inheritance taxes are levied on certain assets passed on to heirs after someone passes away. It's crucial to understand which assets are subject to these taxes and what exemptions may apply:

  1. Taxable Assets: In Pennsylvania, assets subject to inheritance tax include real estate, bank accounts, investment accounts, vehicles, jewelry, and other personal property.
  2. Exemptions and Exclusions: Certain transfers are exempt from inheritance tax, such as transfers to a surviving spouse (100% exemption), transfers to children aged 21 or younger (100% exemption), transfers to charitable organizations, and transfers of family-owned businesses.
  3. Expectations: It's important to note that while some assets are exempt, any transfer of assets (including money) within one year prior to death may still be taxable.

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Assets Not Subject to Inheritance Tax

Assets that typically avoid inheritance tax in Pennsylvania include life insurance proceeds, retirement accounts (like IRAs and 401(k)s) depending upon the age of the decedent, and jointly owned property with rights of survivorship.  Taxable assets may be subject to a dollar amount exemption not subject to tax such as $3,500 for an heir living in the decedent’s home and $3,000 for inter vivos (while living) transfers of money or assets within a year of the decedent’s death.

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Importance of Consulting an Attorney

Navigating estate planning and inheritance taxes can be complex. Here’s why it's crucial to consult with an experienced attorney:

  1. Legal Expertise: An attorney specializing in estate planning can help you understand the intricacies of Pennsylvania's inheritance tax laws and exemptions.
  2. Tailored Solutions: Every individual's situation is unique. A skilled attorney can customize an estate plan that minimizes tax liabilities and ensures your assets are distributed according to your wishes.
  3. Avoiding Pitfalls: Without proper legal guidance, you may unintentionally trigger tax liabilities or overlook important exemptions, potentially costing your heirs significant amounts of money.
  4. Peace of Mind: Estate planning involves more than just taxes—it's about ensuring your legacy is preserved and your loved ones are provided for. An attorney can help you achieve these goals efficiently and effectively.

There is a difference between taxable and non-taxable assets as well as probate and non-probate assets. Talk to an estate attorney at Urban Law to know the difference and the implications. Your peace of mind is our priority.  Keep in mind that an Inheritance Tax Return (REV-1500 form) must be filed within 9 months of the decedent’s passing, otherwise penalties and interest can also accrue to be charged against the estate.  On the other hand, a 5% discount can apply to reduce the taxes owed if an estimate is paid within 3 months of death.  An estate should be opened to appoint an administrator if there is no will or an executor if there is a will to start paying bills too. That is why it is important to engage with an attorney as soon as practicable for dealing with an estate.

At the Law Offices of Anthony Urban, we are committed to providing personalized estate planning services tailored to meet your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin planning for the future with confidence. 

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