Generally speaking, inheritance is not subject to tax in California. If you are a beneficiary, you will not have to pay tax on your inheritance. There are a few exceptions, such as the Federal estate tax. However, an estate must exceed $11.58 million dollars per person in 2020 to be subject to estate tax
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Estate Taxes: An Uncertain Future
Posted in Estate & Gift Tax
Death may be certain, but estate taxes are not. At least not at the end of 2012 when the current Estate Tax exclusion of $5.12 million is set to expire and be automatically reset to $1 million. With proper planning, married couples can combine their exclusions for a total amount in 2012 of $10.24 million.