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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.
Sharon A. Dragan has been named Director and Shareholder with Mason, Griffin & Pierson. Sharon received a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where she served as Bureau Editor for the Seton Hall Legislative Bureau and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She practices in the areas of local government law, zoning and land use law, real estate law, and estate law. Sharon is Attorney for the Township of Readington, Attorney for Alexandria Township, Attorney for Delaware Township and Attorney for Special Open Space Counsel of West Amwell Township. In her continued service to the legal profession, Sharon served on the District XIII Ethics Committee for several years, the committee that acts as the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in discharging the Court's constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline New Jersey attorneys. Sharon is a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, a professional organization with the purpose of promoting education and professionalism among local government attorneys. She is a member of the Hunterdon County, New Jersey State and Pennsylvania State Bar Associations.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson continues its support of youth basketball programs in the community. For more information on the Dillon Youth Basketball League go to the Princeton Recreation Department at www.leaguelineup.com
For information on the Montgomery Basketball Association go to www.montgomerybasketball.com
In May of this year, New Jersey joined the growing number of states to enact paid sick leave laws. The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act is currently in effect and below you will find certain information that is important for all New Jersey employers to understand.
Who Does it Affect?
The Act applies to New Jersey employers of all sizes, including businesses that are based elsewhere but have employees located in New Jersey. While several New Jersey municipalities already had paid sick leave ordinances, this new state law preempts them, meaning they no longer apply and employers throughout the state are now subject to one consistent set of requirements.
The Act does not apply to a few narrow categories of employees: (1) construction industry employees working under collective bargaining agreements; (2) per diem health care employees; or (3) public employees who are already provided with sick leave with full pay pursuant to any other state law, rule, or regulation.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson is pleased to sponsor Montgomery Township Education Foundation. The Foundation's fundraiser takes place on the evening of February 23 at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization set up to support strategic programs for the benefit of the Montgomery Township public school children.
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