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What is the estate tax liability-both at the federal and PA state level-for two small life insurance policies totalling $550.00?

Allentown, PA |

The policies were in my father's name who passed away in 2005. Both policies had no beneficiaries named. They were taken out on my father by his parents when he was 5 & 9 years old. My mother who was married to him at his date of death had no idea of the policies and she has also passed away in 2011.

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If this is a PA estate life insurance is not taxable for inheritance tax purposes.

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Depends on the rest of your parents’ estates. If the estate was less than $5 million, it is entirely exempt from federal estate tax, and the value of the policies should not affect that. See Mr. Zelinger’s answer as to state taxes.

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