Minnesota may hold a steady place near the top of Gallup’s annual Best Places to Live, but a recent Wall Street Journal article claimed the state is also edging out the competition on another list: Worst Places to Die.
Minnesota’s place on the list, which also recommends against passing away in Washington and Nebraska, was established by its high 16% estate tax (or “death tax”). But the state’s number shot up recently after the state passed an additional 10% gift tax—a fee for transferring property to another person during your lifetime.
Here’s the breakdown: 10% of gifts in excess of $14,000 are counted toward your lifetime credit of $100,000 (which comes to an exemption of about $1 million in gifts total). While legislators are quick to assure panicked residents that the majority of people in the state won’t ever see the tax, for many small-business or multiple-property owners, the … Read More