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Estate Taxes by State - Understanding Maine Estate Taxes

By April 15, 2009

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Beginning in 2003, Maine partially decoupled from the federal estate tax laws. What this means in 2009 is that the following rules apply:

  • Only estates worth more than $1,000,000 will be taxable in Maine. In some cases, however, even estates worth more than $1,000,000 won't be taxable, as long as the assets are transferred to a surviving spouse or other deductions (such as charitable contributions) reduce the taxable estate to less than $1,000,000.
  • Form 706ME must be filed if an estate is valued at more than $1,000,000. The return and tax payment, if any, are due within nine months of the decedent's date of death. An automatic extension of up to six months to file the return may be granted, however, this doesn't extend the time to pay any tax due.
  • The tax rate is a progressive rate that maxes out at 16% for the amount above $10,040,000.
  • Even if an estate is valued at less than $1,000,000, a simple form, Form 706ME-EZ, must be filed in order to remove the “automatic” lien that's imposed on all estate real and tangible property located in Maine.

This information is complements of Maine Revenue Services.

The bottom line - if you're a Maine resident and your estate is passing to someone other than your spouse and the value is $1,000,000 or more, or if you're a nonresident who owns real estate and/or tangible personal property located in Maine and your estate is valued at $1,000,000 or more, then your estate may owe a Maine estate tax. Aside from this, even if an estate is valued under $1,000,000, Form 706ME-EZ must be filed in order to remove the automatic tax lien that's imposed on estate real and tangible property located in Maine. Up next, Maryland inheritance taxes.

March 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm
(1) jonnie says:

My grand Mother passed away October 2009, My mother, (head of her estate) my sister and I are in the will. We have each recieved 85,000 so far and waiting for condo to sell. Total value of her whole estate isn’t more then 360,000 as value. My grandmother reside in IL and condo is in FL. My sister is in IL. My mother and I are in MA. Is there estate taxes that have to be prepared?

February 15, 2013 at 11:52 am
(2) Randy says:

My wife is the executor of her father’s estate. The only item that went through probate was the sale of his residence ($186,000). Do any tax forms need to be filled out by the estate or the 4 siblings splitting the proceeds for the estate in Missouri.


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