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Inheritance TA Return formatting Limitations to 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches

Effective April 1, 2011 any REV-1500 resident inheritance tax return submitted to the Inheritance Tax Division in a format size other than 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches will be rejected.

In the past, the department manually reduced 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches REV-1500 submissions by copying them onto 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches paper.

Staff limitations prohibit the department from dedicating resources to this manual effort any further.

The department will return submissions of any other size to the local Register of Wills office and note on their system that submissions were returned for not complying with the standard format.

From April 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011, the department will inform estate representatives when it returns forms to the local Register of Wills office. Estate representatives will be responsible for delivering to the local Register of Wills office properly formatted REV-1500 forms. After June 30, 2011, the department will cease notifying estate representatives of their errors.

If you have further questions, please call the office at (814) 355-6724.

Account Advertising Fee Increase

As of January 1, 2018, due to increasing advertising costs, the fee to file first and final accounts will be $140.00 for the first page and $10.00 for each additional page. (Advertising fee included in that cost @ $90.00 per account) Please call the office if you have any questions at (814) 355-6724.

New Automation Fund Fee

Effective January 2, 2018, there will be a Computer Automation Fund (PDF) fee of $15.00 added to each initial filing of petitions in addition to the JCS/ATJ fee of $40.25 that is already being collected.

New Option Offered By Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

Requests for an extension of time can be filed by email to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Please contact the department by phone at 717-787-8327 with any questions or concerns.

New Inheritance Tax Form, Rev-1500 Must Be Used Beginning January 1, 2016

Starting January 1, 2016, a revised REV-1500 Inheritance Tax Return for a resident decedent must be filed with the Register of Wills office in duplicate. The new REV-1500 is not to be used for any deceased PA resident's estate, regardless of the decedent's date of death.

The updated form will be available in PDF and fill-in format on the state revenue department's website.

Older versions of the return and schedules submitted will be rejected by the Register of Wills office and returned to taxpayers.

Increase in State Fees Effective November 30, 2017

On October 30, 2017, Acts 40 and 44 2017, recently signed by the Governor, makes several changes to the Judicial Computer Project/Access to Justice/Criminal Justice enhancement Account (JCP/ATJ/CJEA) fee. Effective November 30, 2017, an increase of $4.75 will be added to the required recordings and filings. Bringing the new fee to $40.25 from $35.50.