Maryland’s collateral inheritance tax is a tax on the transfer of property or assets from a deceased person’s estate to non-lineal heirs or beneficiaries, such as cousins, nieces, nephews, or unrelated individuals. Maryland does not have an inheritance tax on direct lineal descendants (i.e., grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, and siblings). Maryland does have a collateral inheritance tax on non-lineal descendants.

The collateral inheritance tax rates in Maryland vary depending on the value of the property or assets received which is usually assessed around 10% – 11.1111% depending on the specific circumstances of the matter. The tax is calculated based on the fair market value of the property at the time of the deceased person’s death, and is paid by the recipient of the property or assets.

It is important to note that there are certain exemptions and deductions that may apply to the collateral inheritance tax in Maryland, such as exemptions for property transferred to charitable organizations, or deductions for debts and expenses related to the transfer of the property.

It is recommended to consult with a qualified attorney or tax professional to understand the Maryland collateral inheritance tax and the options available for estate planning and asset distribution.

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