As of 2015, the federal inheritance, or estate, tax rate is 40 percent, according to Bankrate. The first $5.43 million of an estate is exempt and not taxed by the IRS.
In most cases, an inheritance is not included on the recipient's federal tax filing, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Some circumstances, such as when inherited property produces taxable income or when the inheritance is the income from property, require federal taxation.
On its website, the Tax Foundation provides a map of inheritance tax rates by state as of the year 2014. There are six states in the United States that use an inheritance tax, the rates of which vary from 0 to18 percent depending on the size of the inheritance.
The federal government levies no inheritance tax, reports Bankrate. Federal estate tax is levied on gross estates worth more than $5.43 million as of 2015, and the complex returns should be handled by both attorneys and Certified Public Accountants or Enrolled Agents, according to the IRS.
The general rule regarding inheritance is that the beneficiary does not pay any federal income tax on the money he inherits as of 2015, according to Intuit. However, the federal government may tax the estate of the deceased if the value exceeds the Internal Revenue Service limits.
As of 2015, only six states have an inheritance tax, which taxes heirs based on their relationships to the deceased. Tax rates range from 0 to 10 percent in Maryland; from 0 to 15 percent in Iowa and Pennsylvania; from 0 to 16 percent in Kentucky and New Jersey; and from 0 to 18 percent in Nebraska.
Inheritance tax is levied by state governments, according to TurboTax. Inheritance tax is different from estate tax, which is levied by the federal government. As of 2015, only New Jersey, Maryland, Nebraska, Iowa, Kentucky and Pennsylvania have an inheritance tax, reports The Tax Foundation.
An early version of the federal inheritance tax, also known as the estate tax, was first authorized by Congress in 1797 and took the form of a stamp act, according to the Heritage Foundation. Multiple subsequent estate taxes were enacted over the next 200 years.
As of 2015, most states don’t levy any inheritance tax, but of the six states that do, Nebraska has the lowest minimum inheritance tax rate at 1 percent, and Maryland has the lowest maximum rate at 10 percent, reports About.com. States base inheritance tax rates that individuals pay on how closely t
An inheritance tax is a tax paid by heirs or beneficiaries of an inheritance, according to Investopedia. An inheritance tax rate depends on the value of the asset received or the relationship to the descendant.