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Does Missouri have an inheritance tax?

Wentzville, MO |

My father had a Will and Beneficiary Deed leaving his house to his 5 children. The house has been sold and the funds distributed. Is there an inheritance tax in Missouri? Are children of the decedent exempt? Is there an amount of inheritance that is too low for taxation?

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I am not licensed in MO - but a quick bit of research appears to indicate Missouri doesn't collect an estate or inheritance tax.

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You don't need to worry about estate taxes. The federal exemption is 5.12 MILLION. However, this is not really an estate tax question. The house passed to you pursuant to the beneficiary deed. Not a taxable event. Your interest accrued to you on the date of death with a "stepped up" basis to date of death value. An increase in value from date of death to date of sale may be a taxable event but only as to the increased value. In summary, You're fine, just let your tax guy (or gal) in on the details when you file.

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Missouri's inheritance tax would only come into play if you owed federal estate taxes. It doesn't look like you are going to have tax liability. Please contact a tax expert to confirm this.

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