How Does Massachusetts Tax Estates of Non-Residents with In State Real Estate?
I have been a Florida resident for four years. My primary residence is in Florida, and I am out of Massachusetts for more than seven months a year. I still own three houses in Massachusetts with a combined value of about $3 million and my total estate is about $9 million. What is the approximate Massachusetts estate tax due on my passing?
You ask a good question because Massachusetts still has an estate tax and it taxes the estates of non-residents who leave real estate in Massachusetts. It does so proportionately. Here’s how it works:
About a third of your estate is in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts estate tax would be about $900,000 if you were a resident of the Commonwealth at your death. So, with a third of your estate being in Massachusetts, the tax would be a third of this amount, or about $300,000.