The IRS does not charge an inheritance tax, but some states do, and the rates range from 1 percent to 20 percent. States that have an inheritance tax are Iowa, Indiana, Maryland and Kentucky. Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Tennessee also have an inheritance tax, but many people are exempt.
The instructions for Form 706, known as the U.S. estate and generation-skipping transfer tax return, show the inheritance tax rate schedule, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Forms and instructions for current and prior years are available on the IRS website.
The IRS does not currently have laws or rules regarding inheritance tax as of 2015, Nolo explains. Only six states impose an inheritance tax: Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inherited property is considered acquired on the date of death of the decedent, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Even if an alternate valuation date is used, the property is recognized as belonging to the recipient on the date of death.
As of 2012, an inheritance is not considered income unless the amount received is greater than $5 million. The IRS states that inheritances do not have to be claimed as income, and there is no estate tax for the recipient. The estate of the deceased may be subject to both the estate tax and federal