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Oregon Estate Tax

The estate tax rate in Oregon ranges from 10% to 16% and applies to estates above $1 million. If you are estate planning in Oregon and your estate is worth more than $1 million, you’ll have to consider the impact of the tax on your estate. If you think you might be subject to the estate tax, you may want to consider enlisting the help of a financial advisor. SmartAsset’s financial advisor matching tool can help you find one in your area who meets your specific needs.

Oregon Estate Tax Exemption

The Oregon estate tax threshold is $1 million. Any estate exceeding that amount that is taxable, but the first $1 million is still not taxed.

Oregon Estate Tax Rate

The estate tax rate for Oregon is graduated. It starts at 10% and goes up to 16%. The taxable estate is the value of the estate above the $1 million exemption.

Here’s how to figure out what your estate will be paying: First, figure out what your taxable estate is. Next, find your taxable estate bracket in the chart below. The base taxes listed in the second column is what you owe on money that falls below your tax bracket. Then figure out by how much your estate exceeds the lower limit of your bracket and multiply that number by the marginal rate. Add that sum to your base taxes and that’s how much you owe in estate taxes.

Here’s an example: Let’s say your total estate is worth $5 million. If we subtract the $1 million exemption, that leaves a taxable estate of $4 million. The base tax for the bracket is $367,500. The bottom of the threshold is $3.5 million, so we subtract that from $4 million and get $500,000. That amount multiplied by the marginal rate of 11.5% is $57,500. When we add that number ($57,500) to the base tax ($367,500), we get a total Oregon estate tax of $425,000 owed on a $5 million estate.

OREGON ESTATE TAX RATES
Taxable Estate* Base Taxes Paid Marginal Rate Rate Threshold**
$0 – $500,000 $0 10% $0
$500,000 – $1.5 million $50,000 10.25% $500,000
$1.5 million – $2.5 million $152,500 10.5% $1.5 million
$2.5 million – $3.5 million $257,500 11% $2.5 million
$3.5 million – $4.5 million $367,500 11.5% $3.5 million
$4.5 million – $5.5 million $482,500 12% $4.5 million
$5.5 million – $6.5 million $602,500 13% $5.5 million
$6.5 million – $7.5 million $732,500 14% $6.5 million
$7.5 million – $8.5 million $872,500 15% $7.5 million
$8.5 million and up $1.0225 million 16% $8.5 million

*The taxable estate is the amount above the exemption of $1 million.
**The rate threshold is the point at which the marginal estate tax rate goes into effect.

What Is the Estate Tax?

Estate tax is a tax charged to the estates of the recently deceased. Governments that have an estate tax generally have an exemption that guarantees that only the estates of the relatively wealthy will end up actually paying the tax.

Estate tax is different from the inheritance tax. Inheritance tax is paid by a person’s heirs after they’ve already received their money, whereas the estate tax is owed before the money is disbursed to heirs.

Oregon Inheritance Tax

What You Need to Know About the Oregon Estate Tax

Oregon does not have an inheritance tax. The state’s estate tax used to be called an inheritance tax, but was still an estate tax in practice.

If you’re inheriting property or money from someone who lives out of state, make sure to check local laws. For example, Pennsylvania has an inheritance tax that may apply to you if you’re inheriting from someone who called the Keystone State home even if you live in another state.

Oregon Gift Tax

Oregon does not have a gift tax. The federal gift tax only applies to gifts over $14,000 in 2017 and $15,000 in 2018.

Oregon Estate Tax for Married Couples

The estate tax is not applied when a surviving spouse is inheriting all of a person’s wealth. When the second spouse dies, though, the estate is still only allowed to apply a $1 million exemption for the purpose of the Oregon estate tax. The estate does not get to apply the $1 million exemption for both partners.

Federal Estate Tax

There is also a federal estate tax with an exemption of $11.18 million. On the federal level, the estate tax exemption is portable between spouses. With the right legal steps both spouses’ exemptions can apply to their estate, creating a total exemption of $22.36 million.

For those estates that still exceed this amount, the tax rate tops out at 40%. The chart below has the full list of graduated tax rates.

You can follow the same process described above in the Oregon Estate Tax section and use the table below to figure out your federal estate tax burden.

FEDERAL ESTATE TAX RATES
Taxable Estate* Base Taxes Paid Marginal Rate Rate Threshold**
$1 – $10,000 $0 18% $1
$10,000 – $20,000 $1,800 20% $10,000
$20,000 – $40,000 $3,800 22% $20,000
$40,000 – $60,000 $8,200 24% $40,000
$60,000 – $80,000 $13,000 26% $60,000
$80,000 – $100,000 $18,200 28% $80,000
$100,000 – $150,000 $23,800 30% $100,000
$150,000 – $250,000 $38,800 32% $150,000
$250,000 – $500,000 $70,800 34% $250,000
$500,000 – $750,000 $155,800 37% $500,000
$750,000 – $1 million $248,300 39% $750,000
Over $1 million $345,800 40% $1 million

*The taxable estate is the total above the exemption of $11.18 million.
**The rate threshold is the point at which the marginal estate tax rate kicks in.

Overall Oregon Tax Picture

Oregon Estate Tax

Oregon is moderately-tax friendly for retirees. The state doesn’t tax Social Security, but retirement accounts are fully taxed. Pensions are partially taxed. Income tax in Oregon is progressive, with a top marginal tax rate of 9%. There is no state or local sales tax. The average property tax rate in Oregon is 1.07%, slightly below the national average.

You can use SmartAsset’s Oregon paycheck calculator to help you calculate your take home pay in the Beaver State.

Resources for Estate Planning Help

  • If you have questions about estate planning or other financial planning issues, you might want to consider finding a financial advisor who can help you navigate these complex issues. SmartAsset’s SmartAdvisor platform can pair you with an advisor in your area who fits your specific needs. Here’s how it works: First you’ll answer a short series of questions about your financial situation and goals and then the tool will match you with up to three advisors. The advisors will later contact you to see if you want to work with them. All of the advisors on SmartAsset’s platform are registered financial advisors. They have also all been fully vetted and are free of disclosures.
  • Part of planning your estate is planning for how you’ll live in your golden years. To make sure you understand what your finances will look like when you stop working, use this SmartAsset retirement calculator.
  • You never know when tragedy might strike and you’ll need someone else to make decisions for you and your estate. You should consider drafting a living will to make sure everything will be taken care of the way you want it to be.

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Ben Geier, CEPF® Ben Geier is an experienced financial writer currently serving as a retirement and investing expert at SmartAsset. His work has appeared on Fortune, Mic.com and CNNMoney. Ben is a graduate of Northwestern University and a part-time student at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®). When he isn’t helping people understand their finances, Ben likes watching hockey, listening to music and experimenting in the kitchen. Originally from Alexandria, VA, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife.
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