What is Estate Tax?
The estate tax in the United States is a federal tax imposed on your estate when it transfers after death. The tax is incurred if such property is transferred via a will, according to the state laws of intestacy or otherwise made as an incident of the death of the owner, such as a transfer of property from an intestate estate or trust, or the payment of certain life insurance benefits or financial account sums to beneficiaries. The estate tax is one part of the federal Unified Gift and Estate Tax system in the United States. In addition to the federal government, many states also impose an estate tax, with the state version called either an estate tax or an inheritance tax. There are however many ways which a person can limit their tax liability on their estate. California does not currently impose a state-level inheritance tax. Call one of our attorney's at Sagaria Law who will advise you of your options and help you avoid unnecessary tax penalties on your estate.