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Estate Planning, Real Estate

Real Estate Tax Relief for Homeowners

On May 15, 2014, the Governor of Maryland signed legislation that affords homestead tax credits for principal residences that are owned in the name of a trust. To qualify for the tax credit, the settlor, grantor or beneficiary of the trust cannot pay rent or other remuneration to live in the dwelling and legal title to the dwelling must be held in the name of the trust or the trustees.

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Estate Planning, Tax

MD Legislature Increases Estate Tax Exemption

The Maryland Senate passed a bill that increases the estate tax exemption gradually over the next 5 years, at which time the exemption will be tied to the federal exemption amount. The federal exemption is indexed for inflation, and is expected to approach $5.9 million by 2019. The House voted to pass the same legislation earlier this month. Governor Martin O’Malley is expected to sign the bill into law.

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Estate Planning, Tax

Is the Maryland Death Tax Facing Extinction?

Not quite, to be sure, but the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 739 (“Maryland Estate Tax – Unified Credit”) increasing the Maryland estate tax exemption (the amount an individual can pass free of Maryland estate tax) gradually over the next five years to the federal estate tax exemption. This bill now moves to the Maryland Senate.

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