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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.
Elizabeth Zuckerman, Esq. will be conducting a virtual course on October 13, 2020 - Know Your Rights as an Employee. Topics include harassment, hostile work environment and discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other protected statuses. The concept of reasonable accommodation and the interactive process will be explored. There will be discussion regarding the New Jersey whistle-blower law, wage and hour laws, family leave laws, non-compete agreements, new employee protections as a result of COVID-19 and common law claims, such as breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In addition, hypothetical employment claims based on real life employment experiences will be discussed. Register at https://www.ssreg.com/princeton/classes/results.asp?code=120.
Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq., a firm Director, will be an instructor for the New Jersey Planning Official’s Planning and Zoning Board members training session in Somerset County on October 3, 2020. Mr. Schmierer chairs the firm’s Government Practice Group and represents a number of land use boards including the Lawrence Township Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Borough of Pennington Joint Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment and the West Windsor Zoning Board of Adjustment. The New Jersey Planning Officials can be reached at [email protected] for any land use board member interested in attending the training session.
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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."