What is the death tax and how does it affect estate planning?

The “death tax” is another term for the estate tax.  The gift tax is also a tax related to estate tax. These two taxes are commonly known as “transfer taxes,” and are applied at the federal level to US citizens, resident aliens, and non-resident aliens with US property. Regulations regarding the estate tax are state specific. 

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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