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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2016 10:09 AM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Inheritance Tax Phase-Out
In the near future, I plan on re-introducing a piece of legislation that will slowly phase-out the burdensome inheritance tax on transfers of assets between immediate family members.

Currently, Pennsylvania is only one of six states that still imposes an inheritance tax. The other five are: Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska and New Jersey.

I have long believed that the inheritance tax amounts to double taxation upon the death of a loved one and I am committed to eliminating this burdensome tax on families. While I would prefer to eliminate this tax immediately, I realize that this is a loss to the General Fund and, therefore, must be done over a period of time.

This bill eliminates the 4.5 percent lineal inheritance tax rate over a ten year period of time ending in Fiscal Year 2027-28. Lineal heirs are defined as a grandparent, parent, child or child’s spouse. A child is considered a natural child, adopted child or step-child.

This legislation is Senate Bill 432 of last session and co-sponsors were Senators Aument, Baker, Boscola, Folmer, Hutchinson, McIlhinney, Mensch, Pileggi, Rafferty, Vogel, Vulakovich, Wagner, White, and Yaw.

Introduced as SB507