Inheritance tax is a tax assessed by the state as a percentage of the value of a decedent’s estate transferred to beneficiaries by will, heirs by intestacy and transferees by operation of law. The tax rate varies widely depending on the relationship of the heir to the decedent.
The rates for Pennsylvania inheritance tax are as follows:
- 0 percent on transfers to a surviving spouse or to a parent from a child aged 21 or younger;
- 4.5 percent on transfers to direct descendants and lineal heirs;
- 12 percent on transfers to siblings; and
- 15 percent on transfers to other heirs, except charitable organizations, exempt institutions and government entities exempt from tax.