Thu March 6, 2014
Raising Estate Exemption in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some nonprofit organizations say Maryland's estate tax is driving their wealthy donors out of state during retirement. They support a new bill raising the estate tax exemption to $5.34 million per spouse.
House Speaker Michael Busch testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on this bill Wednesday. Miller filed the bill with dozens of co-sponsors.
The federal exemption is $5.34 million, and Maryland's is $1 million.
Opponents - including Maryland Nonprofits, an organization representing more than 1,400 of the state's nonprofit groups - say it would cost too much tax revenue.
The Department of Legislative Services estimates tax revenue losses of nearly $138 million annually when the exemption is fully phased in.
A recent study from Phoenix Marketing International showed Maryland has the nation's highest per-capita ratio of millionaires.