Was the widows’ tax repealed in Pennsylvania?
Previously transfers to surviving spouses were taxed and this was commonly known as the widows’ tax. The tax rate for transfers to a surviving spouse is now zero when the decedent died on or after January 1, 1995. A Pennsylvania widow or widower pays no tax on assets, which are inherited, from a deceased spouse.

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1. What are the inheritance tax rates for a surviving spouse?
2. Who are considered to be lineal heirs and lineal descendants for the purpose of inheritance tax?
3. Is there a discount allowed on Pennsylvania inheritance tax?
4. Can the funeral expenses and unpaid bills of the decedent be deducted from the amount subject to tax?
5. I put my mother’s name on my savings account. Recently my mother died and now I am being told that I will have to pay an Inheritance Tax on my own money. Can this be correct?
6. Was the widows’ tax repealed in Pennsylvania?
7. What is the family exemption and how much can be claimed?
8. Who is entitled to claim the family exemption?