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On October 14, 2016, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation raising the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon. As a part of that same legislation, the New Jersey estate tax will be phased out over the next fifteen months.
Under current law, and through the end of calendar year 2016, the threshold for the application of the New Jersey estate tax is $675,000. This means that if an individual dies in 2016 with a gross estate in excess of $675,000, his or her entire estate is subject to the New Jersey estate tax.
On January 1, 2017, the $675,000 New Jersey estate tax threshold will be replaced with an exclusion in the amount of $2,000,000 for estates of individuals dying during calendar year 2017. Estates with a gross value of $2,000,000 or less will not be subject to the New Jersey estate tax in 2017. There is a graduated estate tax of 8-16 percent on estates over $2,000,000. The New Jersey estate tax is eliminated for individuals dying on or after January 1, 2018.
The New Jersey inheritance tax remains intact. The inheritance tax generally applies to individuals who are not a spouse, lineal descendant or ascendant of the deceased person, and applies at rates ranging from 11-16 percent depending upon the degree of relationship to the deceased individual.
For more information, contact Valerie L. Howe, Esq., Director, Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C.
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In a recent decision (Justin Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc.), the New Jersey Supreme Court determined that an employee who is fired for using medical marijuana outside the workplace may bring a claim for disability discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Mason, Griffin & Pierson Attorney, Elizabeth Zuckerman, who argued the cause for Amicus Curiae National Employment Lawyers Association of New Jersey, stated the "decision is a win for employees who test positive for marijuana due to their lawful use of medical marijuana outside the workplace."
Jeanne-Marie Scollo has become an Associate with Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. She earned her J.D from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She is a member of the firm's Local Government Law and Litigation Practice Groups. Ms. Scollo brings over nine years of previous legal experience to the firm. She served as Deputy County Counsel for Middlesex County from 2014 to 2019 and was previously a solo practitioner in New Brunswick. Ms. Scollo is admitted in New Jersey and New York and is a member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, Mercer County, Middlesex County, and New Jersey State Bar Associations.