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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 17, 2014 09:46 AM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Inheritance Tax Elimination for Children with Disabilities (Prior HB 655)
I will be reintroducing legislation to amend the Tax Reform Code to add and define “child with a disability” and to eliminate the inheritance tax that is applied when assets are transferred from a deceased parent to a disabled child.

Under the current law when a deceased parent transfers property and assets to a disabled child, a 4.5% inheritance tax is applied. The legislation that I am proposing will reduce the 4.5% inheritance tax to ZERO percent upon the transfer of property or assets from a deceased parent, adoptive parent, or a stepparent to a disabled child.

The Department of Revenue does not believe this proposed legislation violates the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Uniformity Clause. Article VIII, Section 2 (b) (iii) of Pennsylvania’s Constitution permits the General Assembly to establish disabled individuals as a class of persons determined to be in need of a tax exemption.

Introduced as HB136