Tennessee eliminated its “death tax” in 2016.  This is great news for Tennessee residents.  However, if you own property such as a vacation home in another state, you may owe “death taxes” in that estate when you die.  The following 18 states still impose a death tax:

Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Hawaii
Illinois
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Nebraska
New Jersey
New York
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Vermont
Washington

If you own property in one of these states, proper planning may reduce or eliminate the potential death tax.  You can also avoid the need to probate your Will in that state by transferring your property to a revocable trust or a business entity such as an LLC.