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HF 924

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 04/27/2015 06:29pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 02/16/2015

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A bill for an act
relating to taxation; estate; increasing and making the exclusion amount portable
between spouses;amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 289A.38, by
adding a subdivision; 291.016, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 289A.38, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 17. new text end

new text begin Estate tax returns; unused deceased spousal exclusion.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any period of limitation in this section, after the time has expired within
which a tax may be assessed with respect to a deceased spousal unused exclusion amount,
as defined in section 291.016, subdivision 3, the commissioner may examine a return of
the deceased spouse to make determinations with respect to that amount to carry out the
purposes of section 291.016, subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for estates of decedents dying after
December 31, 2015.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 291.016, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

General.

For purposes of the tax under this chapter, the Minnesota
taxable estate equals the federal taxable estate as provided under section 2051 of the Internal
Revenue Code, without regard to whether the estate is subject to the federal estate tax:

(1) increased by the value of any property in which the decedent had a qualifying
income interest for life and for which an election was made under section 291.03,
subdivision 1d, for Minnesota estate tax purposes, but was not made for federal estate
tax purposes;

(2) increased by the additions under subdivision 2; and

(3) decreased bynew text begin: (i)new text end the subtraction under subdivision 3new text begin; and (ii) the unused
deceased spousal exclusion under subdivision 4, if applicable
new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for estates of decedents dying after
December 31, 2015.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 291.016, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Exclusion amount; deceased spousal unused exclusion amount. new text end

new text begin (a) For
a surviving spouse, the deceased spousal unused exclusion amount equals the sum of:
new text end

new text begin (1) the subtraction allowed to the deceased spouse for the applicable year under
subdivision 3; and
new text end

new text begin (2) the deceased spousal unused exclusion amount under paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin (b) For purposes of this subdivision, with respect to a surviving spouse of a deceased
spouse dying after June 30, 2015, the term "deceased spousal unused exclusion amount"
means the excess of the amount under paragraph (a), clause (1), over the amount of the
exclusion claimed on the Minnesota estate tax return filed for the last deceased spouse
of the surviving spouse.
new text end

new text begin (c) A deceased spousal unused exclusion amount is not allowed to the estate of a
surviving spouse under this subdivision unless the executor of the estate of the deceased
spouse files a Minnesota estate tax return on which the amount is claimed and elects on
the return that the amount may be so taken into account. The election, once made, is
irrevocable. No election may be made under this paragraph if the return is filed after the
time prescribed by law, including extensions, for filing the return.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for estates of decedents dying after
December 31, 2015.
new text end