Currently only a handful of states and the District of Columbia collect a state estate tax. Here you'll find a chart that lists the historical and current estate tax exemptions for the states that collect estate taxes at the state level.
The exemption from federal estate taxes has gradually increased over the years while the estate tax rate has gradually decreased. Here you will find a chart that shows the increases in the exemption and decreases in the tax rate from 1997 through 2015.
When preparing or updating your estate plan, you will need to have a basic understanding of the different types of taxes that can affect your estate - gift taxes, estate taxes, inheritance taxes, generation skipping transfer (or GST) taxes, and income taxes.
1. Federal Estate Tax exemption now permanently increased so no tax for Estates under $5,340,000., and will be adjusted annually for inflation. However, New Jersey taxes estates over $675,000. 2. Gifts permitted without Federal Estate & Gift tax was increased to $14,000 per person. 3. We recommend Self- Proving Wills since witnesses often move or pass away