Yahoo Finance’s recent article entitled “This Is How Much Estate Taxes Will Cost You in Florida” explains that Florida abolished its estate tax in 2004. Before that, federal law allowed a credit for death taxes at the state level but on the federal tax return. When you filed your state taxes, the federal government changed the credit to a deduction. In Florida, the estate tax was based solely on the federal credit, so the state no longer needed the tax.
Estate taxes are imposed by the government on the estate of a recently deceased person.
These taxes only apply to estates worth a certain amount, which varies based on where the tax is levied. You may have heard the term “death tax.” However, it’s really an estate tax. This tax differs from the inheritance tax, which is levied on money after it has been passed on to the deceased’s heirs.
Florida has no inheritance tax. However, other states’ inheritance taxes may apply to you. In Pennsylvania, for example, the inheritance tax may apply to you, even if you live out of state and the deceased lived in the state.
Florida has a no gift tax. The federal gift tax exemption is $17,000 in 2023. Gifting more than that to one person in a year counts against your lifetime exemption of $12.92 million.
Even though Florida doesn’t have an estate tax, you might still owe the federal estate tax. This is triggered for estates worth more than $12.92 million in 2023. As a result, estates worth less than $12.92 million won’t pay any federal estate taxes at all. However, if your estate is more than that, any money above that mark will be taxed.
The federal estate tax exemption is “portable” for married couples. What does that mean? If a married couple plans appropriately, they can have an exemption of up to $25.84 million after both spouses have died. The highest tax rate is 40% if an estate exceeds that amount.
The state sales tax is 6%. However, considering local sales taxes, the average is 7.01%. Property taxes in Florida are right in the middle of the pack nationwide, with an average effective rate of 0.80%.
There’s been no estate tax in the state of Florida since 2005. However, even if you live in Florida, your estate may still owe a federal estate tax when you pass away. No matter how much you have in your estate, it’s essential to make proper plans so your estate is taken care of and your descendants are now stuck with a large tax bill. Ask an experienced estate planning attorney for help.
Reference: Yahoo Finance (March 27, 2023) “This Is How Much Estate Taxes Will Cost You in Florida”
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