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The Maryland Code exempts from inheritance tax all property received by the spouse of a deceased Maryland resident. It also exempts property that passes from a decedent to or for the use of, among others, the decedent’s children, grandchildren, the spouse of a child of the decedent, the spouse of a lineal descendant of a child of the decedent and the brother or sister of the decedent.
Several significant changes enacted this year by the Maryland legislature may affect your estate planning. Perhaps the most important development, however, is a non-change. Maryland did not increase its separate estate tax exemption. It is currently $1 million and remains much lower than the Federal exemption, which this year increased to $3.5 million.