Washington State’s Estate Taxes For 2015

Posted: Jan 15, 2015

By: Washington State Estate Planning Lawyer Per E. Oscarsson

The “applicable exclusion amount” is the amount of a deceased person’s estate that passes free of estate tax. This differs from the unlimited marital deduction that applies when one spouse dies and transfers all of his or her interest in property to the surviving spouse. There is an applicable exclusion amount for federal estate tax purposes and an applicable exclusion amount for the state of Washington’s estate tax purposes. Under both federal and Washington State law, the applicable exclusion amount is subject to adjustment. For federal estate taxes, the applicable exclusion amount is $5,430,000 for 2015. At the time of my previous post on this subject, Washington’s Department of Revenue had not determined the state applicable exclusion amount for 2015. That amount has now been determined to be $2,054,000.

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