New Jersey Estate Tax—Permanent Repeal?
As many of you know, the new Democratic Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, was engaged in a recent budget showdown with members of his own party. A last minute government shutdown was avoided, however, as the legislature and the Governor came to terms on a variety of tax increases and spending priorities. For more […]
NJ Estate Tax Repeal: How Does This Affect You?
It’s official. According to NJ.com, Governor Christopher Christie has signed a bill to repeal the New Jersey Estate Tax. The new law is part of a larger package deal that increases the gas tax, reduces the sales tax slightly, gives the working poor a larger tax credit, gives a tax cut on retirement income and gives a tax […]
The NJ Estate Tax is Repealed! Almost.
According to NJ.com, effective October 7, 2016, the New Jersey Legislature has approved a bill that will repeal the New Jersey estate tax. We are only awaiting the signature of Governor Christopher Christie before the law is enacted, and rumor is that he has promised to sign the bill. Under current New Jersey law, a […]
Is NJ finally going to repeal the Estate Tax and the Inheritance Tax?
I tend not to get too excited about any legislation until it is actually signed, but there is a fair amount of rumbling from both Republicans and Democrats about repealing the NJ Estate Tax. The NJ Transportation Trust fund is running out of money, and Governor Christie has refused to sign any deal to increase […]
Nice Article on the Basics of ILITs
A colleague of mine, David Saltzman, has written a nice article on the Basics of Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts. As he points out, setting up a life insurance trust is a great way to minimize your estate tax liability and it can be especially important in New Jersey. Dave is a great resource and knows […]
Is there an Inheritance Tax on Life Insurance Proceeds?
One of the biggest misconceptions people have about life insurance is how it should be taxed. Most people think that they can receive the proceeds completely tax free. Upon the death of the insured, the beneficiary of a policy can almost always receive the proceeds without paying an income tax. However, estate taxes and inheritance […]
Deathbed Transfers in New Jersey
Often times, a person who is on his or her deathbed will make gifts to family members in an effort to reduce the potential taxes owed. For transfers to anyone other than a charity, making gifts in a way that minimizes taxes is actually a very complex process. In deciding whether to make a gift, […]
New Jersey Estate Tax
New Jersey has many different types of taxes, including two different taxes on death: the NJ Estate Tax and the NJ inheritance tax. The New Jersey estate tax is a tax on transfers at death and certain transfers in contemplation of death. Transfers to charities, a surviving spouse or a surviving Civil Union partner are exempt […]