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DATE ISSUED: February 15, 2006

Estate Tax
Federal Changes Affecting Florida Estate Tax

The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (Pub. L. No. 107-16) ("Tax Act") amended the Internal Revenue Code to provide that an estate cannot claim a credit for state death taxes for decedents who died after December 31, 2004. Since the amount of Florida estate tax is based upon the amount of federal credit allowable for state death taxes, an estate of a decedent that dies after December 31, 2004 will not owe Florida estate tax.

Even though an estate does not owe Florida estate tax, a Florida estate tax return may be required to be filed. This is because the requirement to file the Florida estate tax return is not dependent upon whether the estate actually owes tax. Whenever a personal representative of a decedent's estate is required to file a federal estate tax return (IRS forms 706 and 706-NA) with the Internal Revenue Service, the personal representative is required to file a Florida estate tax return (form F-706) with the Department.

Please note that the Tax Act does not affect the obligation of a personal representative who files IRS form 706-A or 706-QDT to report to the Department additional tax due from decedents that died prior to January 1, 2005.

References: Section 198.13(1), Florida Statutes
Rule 12C-3.0015(3), Florida Administrative Code


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