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Inheritance Tax

A tax on the money or assets that one inherits from an estate, as opposed to a tax on the estate itself. In the United States, inheritance taxes are levied at the state level and apply to the inheritors rather than the estate of the deceased. Generally speaking, inheritance taxes vary according to the inheritor's relationship with the deceased. For example, a spouse rarely, if ever, is responsible for an inheritance tax. It should not be confused with an estate tax, which is a tax on the estate before it is distributed.
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inheritance tax

A state tax levied on the recipient of an estate rather than on the estate itself. The tax varies by state and its severity in a given state usually depends on the kinship between the deceased and the heir. Some states levy a tax on the estate instead of a tax on the amount inherited. Also called death tax. Compare estate tax.
How can I minimize inheritance tax?

Estate and gift tax law is in a state of flux. An estate planning attorney will have the most up-to-date information available to assist you in minimizing your tax liability. Avoiding probate should also be a goal. Joint ownership, revocable living trust, irrevocable trusts, and life insurance may be useful tools to avoid or eliminate the estate tax and costs of probate, but only an experienced estate planning attorney can help you decide which of these tools will suit your needs best.

Gloria Cole, Attorney, private practice, Weston, MA
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inheritance tax

a form of WEALTH TAX imposed by the UK government on a proportion of a person's private assets when these assets are transferred to the person's beneficiaries. Currently (as at 2005/06) ‘chargeable assets’ such as houses, stocks and shares, etc. up to a maximum of £275,000 are tax-exempt. Above £275,000 inheritance tax is levied at a flat rate of 40%. Assets transferred more than seven years before the donor's death are exempt from inheritance tax, while assets transferred between three and seven years before death are taxed at lower rates.

Inheritance tax superseded earlier UK arrangements for taxing wealth, including estate duty or death duty and capital transfer tax.

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inheritance tax

Collins Dictionary of Economics, 4th ed. © C. Pass, B. Lowes, L. Davies 2005

inheritance tax

See estate tax.

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