Does a wife have to pay inheritance tax when her husband dies?

She is the beneficiary and joint owner.

Asked on October 19, 2014 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania


Christine Socrates / Christine Sabio Socrates, Atty at Law

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

No, a wife does not pay an inheritance tax for assets received from her husband.  There is an unlimited marital deduction. Further, there is no inheritance tax.  However, the estate would be responsible for any federal or state estate tax and federal, state and local income tax.  

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