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Inheritance Tax Division of PA question

Scranton, PA |

I'm executor for my sister's estate. I recieved an appraisement in February indicating that $5000 in inheritance taxes were due. I appealed this by letter in March and have not heard a decision from the Inheritance Tax Division as of yet. I sent it certified, so I know they received it.

Would it be kosher to call and ask about the appeal? Or should I just wait? I'm concerned because it seems like it's been a long time. Perhaps this is the way it is.

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Hello ...

If all was timely filed within the 60 days (not 2 months) and the Petition was properly done (as it seems to be by your thoroughness), I would give it a little bit more time.

My experiences with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue have always been extremely pleasant and cordial.

I wouldn't sweat it.

Good luck in the appeal.


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Thanks Mr. Whalen.

John B. Whalen Jr.

John B. Whalen Jr.


You are very welcome. My pleasure. If you need any further guidance, don't hesitate to call.


Yes. I highly recommend discussing the matter with the revenue agent. Even if you can't come to an agreement with regard to the amount owed, the agent will tell you the Departments position regarding the matter. This will help you in your appeal.

On a side note, I suggest that you contact an attorney. It would be helpful for an attorney to review the REV-1500 and the Appraisement to determine why the Department believes additional taxes are owed. This should not be that expensive and will be worth the money.

Good Luck.

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I agree with both of the other responders. It is not at all uncommon for it to take between 6-12 months after filing to hear anything. I would reccomend calling and they will be more than happy to speak with you and help you. I still reccomend speaking with a local attorney who can further guide you in your path to wrapping up the inheritance taxes.

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